ABA’s Minority Counsel Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Big Easy, Offers 3-Day Intensive Conference for Minority Lawyers

CHICAGO, April 30, 2013 — Dennis W. Archer and Robert J. Grey Jr., the first and second African-American presidents of the _, are the featured speakers at the Minority Counsel Program, an intensive three-day conference to promote diversity in the legal profession May 15 -17 at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans.

Former Detroit Mayor Archer and Grey, executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, will be honored at the 25th Anniversary Gala Luncheon celebrating the two trailblazers.

Included in the activities is the ABA National Conference for the Minority Lawyer, a one-day career development program aimed at racially and ethnically diverse lawyers who have been in practice for less than 10 years.

Highlights of the programs, which can be found online, include:

“Managing Implicit Bias/Stereotype Threats Faced by Diverse Lawyers”
This session looks at how implicit bias affects the careers of diverse lawyers. What are strategies for overcoming these barriers to career success?
Wednesday, May 15, 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

“Leadership Strategies for Women”
Featured speakers are ABA President Laurel G. Bellows and ABA Candidate for President-Elect Paulette Brown, chief diversity officer of Edwards Wildman Palmer in Madison, N.J.
Thursday, May 16, 10 – 11:15 a.m.

“Challenges and Opportunities for Diverse 21st-Century Lawyers: Ethical Considerations of Emerging Practice Models”
Learn how attorneys are exploiting advances in technology and using emerging practice models to navigate market changes.
Thursday, May 16, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

“25th Anniversary Gala Luncheon Celebrating Trailblazers”
Dennis W. Archer and Robert J. Grey Jr. will be honored.
Friday, May 17, 1 – 3 p.m.

The event is open to members of the press. For media registration, please contact Julie Brown at or at .

Presented by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the Minority Counsel Program promotes diversity in the legal profession through education, relationship-building and professional development for attorneys of color, both in house and at majority and minority-owned law firms.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.