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VWAA honors ‘Diversity Leaders’

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association will honor three “Leaders in Diversity Initiatives” at its biennial conference at the Kingsmill Resort outside Williamsburg on Oct. 1-2.

For their success in promoting diversity in the bench and bar, the VWAA will honor former Virginia State Bar president Manuel A. Capsalis; Hon. Cleo E. Powell, of the Virginia Court of Appeals; and Salem lawyer C. Kailani Memmer, a past president of the VWAA.

In its 2010 conference, the statewide women’s bar group will explore the general theme of “Diversity and the Practice of Law: New Clients, New Perspectives, New Challenges.” Lawyers can earn CLE hours, including ethics credit, in sessions on multicultural issues for family law practitioners, advising corporate and business clients in a multicultural world and the intersection of criminal and immigration law.

A panel of judges and practitioners will discuss diversity issues in civil litigation.

The program concludes Oct. 2 at a banquet with keynote speaker Dr. Mary Frances Berry. A former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. During her tenure on the Civil Rights Commission, the agency issued reports including the 2000 Florida Presidential Elections, police practices in New York City, environmental justice, percentage plans and affirmative action, church burnings and conditions on Indian reservations.

Registration forms for the Kingsmill meeting are available here.
By Deborah Elkins

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