I am very excited to share with you that the N.O.B.L.A.’s Third Annual Pipeline Plus Legal Diversity Program (“Program”) was a huge success. On Thursday, October 11, 2012, 48 inner-city high school students from Tulsa Public Schools and lawyers, judges, paralegals, and court personnel from all over the state of Oklahoma participated in our conference.
First, the students visited the Tulsa Federal Courthouse and interacted with federal judges (including Chief Judge Gregory Frizzell) and other court personnel who discussed and demonstrated what happens daily in the courtroom. Also at the Courthouse, the students heard encouraging words from Program c0-sponsors Craig Rainey (General Counsel of The Williams Cos.) and Jim Bender (General Counsel of WPX Energy, Inc.), who discussed the need for diversity in the legal profession and the bright prospects that await the students if they take advantage and fully maximize their educational opportunities.
During lunch, students experienced an uplifting keynote from Danny Williams (U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma) and witnessed six (6) African-American Law students from the University of Tulsa and University of Oklahoma Colleges of Law receive $8,000.00 in scholarships from the Program. Finally, after lunch the students met and heard from two panels of diverse and distinguished legal professionals and law students.
In closing, the conference was truly inspirational and summed up best by Oklahoma City University Law Professor Danne Johnson who stated “spending time with students so bright, confident, curious, and well prepared…gave me hope for the future of minority professionals and more important, hope for the future of America.” Lastly, thank you for your support, and please become a fan of our Pipeline Plus Legal Diversity Program on Facebook for regular updates!
Damario Solomon-Simmons is one of the most powerful champions of culture change in the nation. An experienced attorney, Damario has acquired significant experience in his diverse legal, consulting, and academic careers. His award winning legal and advocacy work has made him a coveted speaker, consultant, and legal counsel on matters of diversity, community and economic development, and civil rights, for organizations across America including Notre Dame Law School, The Williams Company, and United States Department of Agriculture.