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Roundtable focuses on retention of diverse attorneys

Posted on March 03, 2010

A roundtable of local leaders will explore the importance of diversity in the recruitment and retention of female attorneys and attorneys of color.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 9, from 8 a.m.-noon, in Loosemore Auditorium on Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. Two nationally recognized speakers will talk about steps being taken by leading firms to retain minority and female attorneys.

Robert J. Grey, Jr., a partner at Hunton and Williams and interim executive director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, will talk about how to meet challenges of retention. Cynthia Thomas Calvert, co-director of Project for Attorney Retention, will talk about how to improve diversity in the workplace.

A panel of local leaders will discuss their experiences. Panelists include:
Kenyatta L. Brame, vice president of Business Services in Cascade
Mary J. Fair-Matthews, corporate counsel for Kellogg
Daniel F. Hopp, general counsel and secretary for Whirlpool Corp.
Lizbeth S. O’Shaughnessy, chief legal officer and secretary for Steelcase, Inc.

The event is sponsored by the Legal Studies program in the School of Criminal Justice and the Grand Rapids Bar Association. The cost of the event is $25. Tickets are available through the GRBA at (616) 454-5550. Only checks will be accepted at the door.

For more information, contact Kris Mullendore, professor of criminal justice, at (616) 331-7147.

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