The guest speaker was attorney Karol Corbin Walker with LeClairRyan. She became the first African-American woman to attain partner status at any major New Jersey law firm in 1995. Walker also made history by becoming the first African-American president of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
"No one has achieved any measure of success by themselves. Everyone in this room has had a helping hand from someone. So we don't live on an island by ourselves. Diversity and inclusion, we have to be intentional about it, it's not going to happen on its own," said Walker.
The meeting was followed by The JBA Diversity Symposium, which was organized by Latasha Fullwood, chairwoman of The JBA Diversity Committee.
The program for "Diverse Approaches to Legal Business Development" included presentations on "Marketing to Diverse Audiences with an Emphasis on Hispanic and African American Markets" by attorney Ken Matejka; "The Rooney Rule" by Sashi Brown, general counsel for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and "Interactive Workshop on Cultural Competency" by Cal Jackson, CEO of Diversity Inclusion Ventures.
The Jacksonville Bar Association began its 2013 schedule of lunch meetings with a diversity program Wednesday at the Hyatt Downtown.