Kentucky Bar diversity program earns ELPO sponsorship

by Mandy Hicks

Sharon Jones
Sharon Jones

The Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville will host a Diversity and Inclusion Summit on Friday, April 10, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. ELPO is a Gold Level sponsor of the summit.

The summit will provide practical resources and ideas for firms to implement their own diversity and inclusion programs; assist management and other administrators with handling diversity issues; and emphasize ways to empower attorneys from diverse backgrounds to work through these same issues to become successful contributors in their places of employment.

Sharon E. Jones, a Harvard Law School graduate and president and founder of the Chicago-based Jones Diversity Group, will serve as speaker for the summit’s opening session. Additional summit participants include Judge Bernice B. Donald, the first African-American woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati; Judge Amul Thapar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, the first South Asian Article III judge; Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, the first African-American woman to serve on the Commonwealth’s Court of Appeals; and Judge C. Derek Reed, district court judge for the 10th District Court in Hart and LaRue counties. Renee Shaw, producer and host of KET’s legislative coverage and host of “Connections with Renee Shaw” — the state’s first statewide minority affairs program — will serve as moderator for two of the summit’s panel discussions.