Dallas Bar Association

DBA Receives ABA Partnership Award

Staff Report

The Dallas Bar Association was honored with a 2013 American Bar Association Partnership Award at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in August for its work on the 2012 DBA Diversity Summit. The ABA Partnership Awards Program salutes bar association projects directed at increasing the participation and advancement of lawyers of color as well as other underrepresented constituents.

Rhonda Hunter, Past President of the Dallas Bar Association, served as the Chair of the Summit. Maricela Moore and Courtney Barksdale served as Co-Vice Chairs. The Diversity Summit Planning Committee members included Arthur Anthony, Fred Barrow, Vicki Blanton, Shonn Brown, Altresha Burchett-Williams, Winifred Cannon, Camille Corbin, Victor Corpuz, Sally Crawford, Caren des Vignes, Adrienne Dominquez, Dimitri Dube, Al Ellis, Hilda Galvan, Robin Gant, Rocio Garcia, Hon. Teresa Guerra Snelson, Sean Hamada, Glenwood Hill, III, Hon. Martin Hoffman, Tonya Holt, Hon. Douglas S. Lang, Tom Mighell, Audrey Moorehead, Eunice Kim Nakamura, Cedric Powell, Gerald Roberts, Hope Shimabuku, Emmanuel Socks, Camille Stearns Miller, Richard Stewart, and Angela Washington.

The purpose of the DBA Diversity Summit was to promote diversity and inclusion in all sectors of the legal community, to develop best practices to increase diversity in the legal profession, and to discuss innovative models for increasing diversity in the legal profession. Following the summit, the planning committee developed a final report, including best practices, and the Dallas Bar Association Board adopted the report on June 19, 2013. The final report included information on best practices, including:

  • There must be a mandate from the top.
  • Monitor how firms are doing by paying attention to the annual Diversity Task Force Report Card.
  • Require that in-house counsel attend diversity seminars and come back with names of potential minority outside counsel or candidates to hire.
  • Hire certified minority and women-owned law firms and small firms.

To view the complete report, and for more information about the Diversity Summit, visit www.dallasbar.org/diversitysummit

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