The D. Augustus Straker Bar Association announces that its annual Corporate Counsel Breakfast will be held on April 26, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Skyline Club, 2000 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075. The theme is: “Lessons from a Diversity Doer” featuring Donald Prohpete.
Mr. Prophete is the named partner at the national law firm of Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete, LLP. His commitment to diversity has gained the firm national recognition for its commitment to diversity. Among its numerous awards, on 2017 and 2018, the Vault.com ranked the firm as #1 in its commitment to diversity for women and minorities. In addition to the Keynote Address, the breakfast will include round table discussions on how we can work together to actually achieve the diversity goal led by committed senior in-house counsel and law firm partners.
Harry Pearce, former general counsel of General Motors, authored a letter to GM’s outside counsel over twenty years ago requesting that diverse lawyers be utilized on GM’s legal matters. The letter had a “butterfly effect.” Harry Pearce attended last year’s Corporate Counsel Breakfast and presented a substantial gift to the Straker Bar Association. The gift has endowed the Harry L. Pearce Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. The first recipient of the scholarship will be announced at this year’s breakfast program.
Corporate Counsel Breakfast's Chairpersons Kymberly Kinchen, Kimberly Ward, Tiffany Buckley-Norwood and Mylika Johnson state that the program is truly in line with Straker's mission of increasing minority representation in the legal profession, supporting and encouraging legal practice opportunities for minorities, and facilitating equal justice for underserved members of the Oakland County community. Vassal Johnson, II, President of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, encourages in-house and outside counsel to attend the program and participate in its two-fold purpose of (1) promoting opportunities for in-house counsel to network with diverse attorneys who practice at law firms; and (2) promoting the principle that it is important for law firms to maintain their commitment to diversity and for in-house counsel to maintain their commitment to retain diverse outside counsel.
The program is free to members of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and $25.00 for non-members.