October 07, 2020 | 1 minute read

HOUSTON – Harvard Law Professor David B. Wilkins will deliver the inaugural Bracewell LLP Distinguished Lecture in Racial and Social Justice on October 30. The lecture will be the keynote address at “Black Lawyers Matter: Strategies to Enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” a day-long virtual symposium co-hosted by the University of Houston Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law.

Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he serves as vice dean for global initiatives on the legal profession and faculty director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry.

The Black Lawyers Matter conference will address the underrepresentation of Black lawyers in the legal profession by offering different perspectives on a range of topics, including:

  • strategies to increase Black enrollment in law schools
  • the role of historically Black law schools
  • the LSAT, socioeconomics and U.S. News & World Report
  • hiring for firm and corporation positions
  • strategies to increase diversity in law faculty hiring, the judiciary and judicial clerkships

“Bracewell is proud to sponsor the Black Lawyers Matter conference and the inaugural Bracewell LLP Lecture in Racial and Social Justice,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Gregory M. Bopp. “This important conference is an opportunity for our profession to hear and learn from each other about the ways we can work together to increase the representation of Black lawyers in the legal profession.”

Additional information about the conference, including registration details, can be found on the UH Law Center website.