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   The Role of Historically Black Law Schools Panel
Speakers included:
• Joan R.M. Bullock, Dean and Professor of Law at the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, who stated that the school produced 13 percent of active minority attorneys in Texas and more African American attorneys than any other law school in Texas.
• Danielle Holley-Walker, Dean and Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law, discussed that the central duty of her institution is to produce Black lawyers, with a special focus in areas like intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, corporate law and environmental justice.
• Renée McDonald Hutchins, Dean and Professor of Law at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law who said, “We have a mission of advancing the profession, promoting social justice and changing lives. Because of our history, HBCU law schools understand law as a verb. We understand the law must be placed into action.”
• Deidré A. Keller, Dean and Professor of Law at Florida A&M University College of Law who said, “Our mission is to serve as a beacon of hope and catalyst for change by providing access to excellent educational training and opportunities
to generations of students seeking to serve the needs of traditionally underserved people and communities locally, nationally and internationally.”
• Browne C. Lewis, Dean and Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law, discussed the importance of narrowing the technological divide and mentioned the school’s robust clinical programs, including a patent law clinic and an ongoing virtual justice project.
• John K. Pierre, Chancellor and Vanue B. Lacour Endowed Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center, noted that six historically black law schools produce 25 percent of African American law graduates.
The third panel, “The LSAT, Socioeconomics and U.S. News & World Report,” was moderated by Dean Baynes.
Speakers were:
• Robert B. Ahdieh, Dean and Anthony G. Buzbee Endowed Dean’s Chair at the Texas A&M University School of
Law. Ahdieh noted the importance of affinity groups that encourage ongoing relationships which can transform diversity in the legal community as a whole.
• Paul L. Caron, the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, who said that diversity should be a factor when law schools are ranked.
• Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist, U.S. News & World Report, discussed a number of ideas under consideration by the publication that would factor in the underrepresentation across the profession.
• Victor Quintanilla, Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow and Co-Director of Center for Law, Society & Culture, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, who delivered a presentation entitled, “Black Lawyers Matter: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of the California Cut Score on Diversity in the Legal Profession.”
• Kellye Testy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Law School Admission Council, said that LSAC’s goals to level the playing field are fairness, integrity and equality.
  The LSAT, Socioeconomics and U.S. News & World Report
The fourth panel, “Pathways to the Profession: Hiring for Firms and Corporate Positions,” was moderated by Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law, Jennifer Collins.
Panelists included:
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Sandra Phillips Rogers, Chief Diversity Officer and the General Counsel, Toyota Corp., said it is incumbent on lawyers to serve as an exemplar in workplace equality.
“It’s been a journey and not a destination, and more progress needs to be made much more quickly,” she said. “Our profession must and should take the leading role in diversity and inclusion.”
Chequan Lewis, Chief Equity Officer, Pizza Hut Corp. said
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