Speaker Series

The success of our in-house speaker series is a testament to our culture of collaboration and inclusion. The series, launched in 2005, is open to all attorneys and staff, and brings distinguished speakers to the firm to discuss and explore diverse points of view.

Just a few of our guest speakers have included:

Kiran Ahuja: executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Barbara Arnwine: executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1989, the first African-American woman to head the organization.

Lawrence Baca: one of the first American Indian graduates of Harvard Law School, first American Indian hired through the Department of Justice's Honors Law Program, former chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, and 2008 recipient of the Commission's "Spirit of Excellence" award.

Elizabeth Bettina: author of "It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust."

Ruth Cooper Berg: first woman appointed an administrative judge on the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, first woman to head the ABA's Section of Public Contract Law, and ABA Margaret Brent Award winner.

Paul Butler: professor, author of "Let's Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice," and social commentator on hot-button topics like jury nullification.

Denis Dison: vice-president for External Affairs at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Institute.

Adam Ebbin: the first openly gay candidate elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

Peter Edelman: a long-time social justice advocate and current professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center who has served in all three branches of government, including service as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Holly Fujie: former (then incoming) California Bar president and current judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Eric Holder, Jr.:the first African-American U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, the first African-American deputy attorney general of the United States, and the first African-American attorney general of the United States.

Paul M. Igasaki: deputy chief executive officer of Equal Justice Works, and former commissioner, vice-chair, and acting chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Rawn James: lawyer and author of "Root and Branch," the story of Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall.

Bill Lann Lee: the first Asian-American assistant attorney general for Civil Rights;

Debra Lee: president and CEO of Black Entertainment Television.

Alia Malek: author of "A Country Called Amreeka," about the Arab-American experience in the U.S.

Sunil Mansukhani: executive director of the D.C. Access to Justice Commission.

Darren Manzella: decorated Army veteran discharged under "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

Katie McCabe: author of "Justice Older than the Law," a collaborative biography about the life of Dovey Roundtree Johnson, a ground-breaking African-American attorney in Washington.

Karen Narasaki: president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center and a pre-eminent civil rights activist.

Tom Perez: then the highest ranking Latino in the Maryland State government, currently assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kurt Schmoke: Rhodes Scholar and former mayor of Baltimore, immediate past Dean of Howard Law School, and current Howard General Counsel.

Julian Stapleford: senior counsel at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and co-chair of the Wells Fargo Legal Group Diversity Council.

Therese M. Stewart: chief deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and the first openly gay president of the Bar Association of San Francisco.;

Paul Wee: a theologian and program officer of the Institute on Religion and Peacemaking at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Melvin White: immediate past-president of the District of Columbia Bar and first openly gay African-American bar president in the nation.

Judith Winston: former general counsel and under secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and former executive director of President Bill Clinton's Initiative on Race.

Dr. James J. Zogby: founder and president of the Arab American Institute ("AAI"); deputy campaign manager and senior advisor to Jessie Jackson presidential campaigns in 1984 and 1988.