Speaker Series on Race and the Legal Profession

In collaboration with the Black Law Students Association, the Center is sponsoring during the 2020-2021 academic year a speaker series on Race and the Legal Profession.  Upcoming event:

Tuesday, April 6, 4:00 p.m. – The Annual Lecture on the Legal Profession will be delivered by Dr. Tsedale Melaku of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Dr. Melaku is the author of You Don’t Look Like A Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism. Her work “spans the areas of race, gender, stratification, workplace diversity, institutions, occupations, and intersectionality.” 

Past events in this series include:

Wednesday, October 14, 4:00 p.m. – Professor Shaun Ossei-Owusu of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Professor Ossei-Owusu is the author of the book in progress, The People’s Champ: Legal Aid from Slavery to Mass Incarceration, which will be published by Harvard University Press.

Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. – Ms. Veta Richardson, President and CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel.  Ms. Richardson is head of the largest association of in-house counsel, with 45,000 members in 80 countries, and is former executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

Tuesday, January 26, 4:00 p.m. – Mr. Michael Jones, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis.  Mr. Jones is a graduate of the Law Center and active in its affairs.  He also has been instrumental in founding the new Center for Racial Justice at Dillard University, which may provide opportunities for collaboration with the Law Center.

Annual Events:

Law Firm Roundtable Program

Coordinated by Senior Fellow Jim Jones and Professor Regan, the Law Firm Roundtable Program convenes major law firm general counsel and ethics counsel four times during the academic year to discuss cutting-edge issues at the intersection of ethics, liability, risk management, and law firm management. The program is now in its eleventh year and has served as an important forum for the exchange of ideas and the anticipation of new issues on the horizon.

Law Firm General Counsel Workshop

This two-day workshop is designed for lawyers who have recently assumed positions as general counsel or as deputy or assistant general counsel of their firms or who hold other risk management positions. Coordinated by Mr. Jones, Professor Regan, and Anthony Davis of the law firm Clyde & Co., the workshop covers a range of issues related to law firm risk management, liability, and ethics.

Annual Lecture on the Legal Profession

The Annual Lecture on the Legal Profession sponsored by the Center was delivered by Professor Fionnuala Ni’ Aolain of the University of Minnesota and Queens University Belfast law schools, and current UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism.  Her lecture was on The Global Counter-Terrorism Architecture: A Critical Appraisal.

Past Events:

Panel on Intelligence Operations in Liberal Democracies

This program at Georgetown Law on November 7, 2019, featured an excerpt from the film The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby by Carl Colby, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Regan with Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the CIA; Avril Haines, former Deputy Director of the CIA and Legal Advisor to the US National Security Council; and Professor Seumas Miller, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Studies Charles Sturt University.