Recognition of the Past, Embracing the Future
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Panel discussion to feature local African-American judges, attorneys
San Antonio College will host a panel discussion as part of Black History Month. Professor Dexter Gilford will serve as moderator for a roundtable discussion, which will explore the careers of African American lawyers in the legal profession.
The theme of this year's discussion is “African American Attorneys and the Law: The Continuing Viability of the Notion of Uniqueness of Perspective, Value of Diversity, and Facing the Challenges of the Future.” The purpose is to foster legal, cultural, and social awareness among students and the community.
This is the first time such a panel will be featured at SAC. The event is free and open to the public.
It will be streamed live.
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013
10 to 11:45 a.m.
San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Ave., 78212
Nursing Allied Health Complex, Room 218 A/B
• Lisa Tatum, President of Texas State Bar;
• Judge Carmen Kelsey, 289th District Court, Bexar County;
• Judge Andrew W. Carruthers, Criminal Law Magistrate Court, Bexar County; and
• attorneys Tamu K. "TK" Floyd and Stephanie Boyd,
Department of Criminal Justice,
210-486-1313 or 210-486-0989.
The roundtable discussion topics include:
• The extent of diversity and minority participation in the law and its viability as a continuing value;
• The extent to which this perspective continues to be valued and/or threatened;
• The extent to which race is or is not a factor in the legal work that African-American and other minority groups engage in daily;
• Opportunities available to students considering attending law school and pursuing a career in the law, in both the private and public sphere;
• Barriers and opportunities facing the minority lawyer considering a career in the law;
• Recommendations for the student aspiring to attend law school and pursue a career in the law.
The 2013 national theme for Black History Month is: "At the
Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and
the March on Washington."