COOLEY LAW SCHOOL PANEL GRADES DIVERSITY IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
Friday, January 31, 2014
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
Cooley Law School
panel GRADES DIVERSITY in the Legal Profession
On Jan. 30, Thomas M.
Cooley Law School hosted a panel discussion: Breaking Barriers - Grading
Diversity in the Legal Profession. The discussion examined diversity in
the workplace and how well the legal profession has embraced it. Guest
panelists ranged from practitioners who have been in practice from three years
to 30 years.
The average grade the
panelists gave the legal profession was a C-, with grades ranging from a D- to
an A, which was awarded by Judge Hugh B. Clarke, of the 54A District
Court. Judge Clarke, who has been practicing since 1979, shared from his
perspective, diversity in the legal profession has come a long way. According
to Judge Clarke, when he entered the profession he was one of a handful of
minority attorneys in Ingham County and there were no minority judges, where
now there are three.
Other panelists included
Aaron Vaughn Burrell, Dickenson Wright; Laurin Roberts Thomas,
Thomas Law Consulting; Angie Iglesia Martell, Iglesia Martell Law Firm;
Dewnya Bazzi, At Law Group; and Krystal Denise Player, clerk to the
Honorable Mark A. Randon of the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Michigan. The panel was moderated by Dean Cynthia Ward.
The program was sponsored
by Cooley’s Student Bar Association Diversity Committee, Career and
Professional Development Department, and Enrollment and Student Services