JW Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter – October 2020

October 2, 2020 | Newsletters

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Promoting Cross-Cultural Conversations

Project Unity, a collaborative movement based on the faith-driven belief that what unites us is greater than what divides us, encourages the Dallas community to foster transformational relationships through dialogue, community-building events, education, and empowerment. As part of its Together We Can initiative, Project Unity hosts Together We Dine events where total strangers share a meal and engage in courageous and safe conversations about race relations.

Jackson Walker proudly partners with Project Unity to host a series of Together We Dine events beginning October 6 for both attorneys and staff as part of the Firm’s commitment to Listen, Learn, and Engage to create a more inclusive firm for everyone.

To explore this initiative, visit the Project Unity website or read The Dallas Morning News article about Together We Dine


In the Spotlight // Guiding Future Lawyers

Jamila Brinson contributed to the book Lessons from Successful African American Lawyers: Practical Wisdom for Those on the Path to Lawyerhood, which was published on July 15. In the book, Jamila is featured sharing details about her life and vital lessons learned on the path to becoming an attorney.

“I am a proud first-generation American. My parents were born and raised in Belize, Central America, and came to the United States in their late teens in search of better educational opportunities. I am the first person in my family to graduate from law school. I learned from watching both of my parents and the numerous mentors I had growing up how to make the most of every opportunity, visualize what I would like to achieve, and set step-by-step goals to achieve them, regardless of how long it may take.”

Visit the book’s website »

Fast Takes on UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program

Designed to help members of underrepresented groups in the legal profession, the University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program provides crucial support, including LSAT training, introductory classes, internships, and professional development workshops, to help students become familiar with the processes of getting in and succeeding in law school.

In this podcast, program mentor Luke Gilman joins UHLC’s Law Dean Leonard Baynes and student participant Jordyn Simmons in discussing its mission and the value of attracting diverse talent to law schools. Listen here »

Jackson Walker is a proud supporter of the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program. To explore the Firm’s commitment to developing a pipeline of diverse talent through initiatives such as the UHLC program, visit JW.com/Diversity.

Meghan Griffiths on the Challenges Women Leaders Face

Following Senator Kamala Harris’ selection as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee for the 2020 presidential election, Texas Lawyer spotlighted six women lawyers – including Meghan Griffiths – as they shared challenges that women face today as leaders and what it means to have a seat at the table.

“I’m grateful to be a part of this conversation on the example that Kamala Harris is setting for young girls and women across the country,” Meghan said. “I’ll be even more grateful when the number of women and people of color in the upper echelon of politics, law firm management, and corporate board seats is so commonplace that this is no longer news.”

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James McFall on Diversity in Media Law

During a panel event hosted by the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Next Generation Committee, James McFall shared his perspective related to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within media organizations and the media law bar. In addition to James, the discussion included Dino Bovell (Counsel, NBCUniversal) as moderator and fellow panelists Nia Hamm (Reporter, NBC10 Boston), Joe Richburg (Vice President & Associate General Counsel, ViacomCBS), and Rachel Strom (Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP). The panel, entitled “Action & Allyship: A Roadmap for Diversity in Media Law” and held on September 23, 2020, tackled the state of diversity in the media bar and how the legal profession can improve.

Recognizing Achievements

Jackson Walker proudly congratulates the following women and diverse attorneys on their recent notable achievements:


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In This Story

Jamila M. Brinson
Partner, Houston

Jennifer A. Bryant
Senior Counsel, Houston

Luke J. Gilman
Partner, Houston

Meghan E. Griffiths
Partner, Austin

Richard A. Howell
Partner, Houston

L. Suzan Kedron
Partner, Dallas

Mahira Khan
Associate, Houston

William A.I. McDonald III
Of Counsel, Houston

James Carlos McFall
Of Counsel, Dallas

Emilio B. Nicolas
Partner, Austin

Leisa Talbert Peschel
Partner, Houston

Valery Piedra
Associate, Houston

Robert L. Soza, Jr.
Partner, San Antonio