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Leadership Council on Legal Diversity: Talent, Teams and Tomorrow


November 1, 2011 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Room Offsite

    Panel Discussion: 4:30-5:30
    Reception: 5:30-6:30

    1.0 CLE credit elimination of bias credit available

    About this event: The Center on the Legal Profession hosts a conversation on diversity in the legal profession with Robert J. Grey, Jr., Executive Director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and partner at Hunton & Williams, and Michele Coleman Mayes, General Counsel of Allstate Insurance Company and a board member at LCLD. The panelists will discuss the current state of diversity in the profession and the opportunities and challenges for enhancing diversity.

    About the speakers:


    Robert J. Grey, Jr., is a partner with Hunton & Williams LLP and serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Grey focuses his practice on administrative matters before state and federal agencies. He continues his practice in mediation and counsels businesses with concerns before government officials.

    Mr. Grey was the first African American to be an officer in the American Bar Association, serving as Chair of the ABA House of Delegates and later as President of the ABA. During his term as president of the ABA he worked for better justice through better juries via the America Jury Initiative.

    In 2010 Mr. Grey was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation. He received his B.S. in 1973 from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree in 1976 from Washington and Lee University, where he currently serves on its Board of Trustees.


    Michele Coleman Mayes is executive vice president, general counsel for Allstate Insurance Company. She is also a member of the Allstate senior management team. Mayes is responsible for guiding Allstate's strategy to ensure sound compliance of governance practices, and fostering a healthy legal, legislative and regulatory environment. She joined Allstate in November 2007.

    Mayes brings extensive legal, corporate and government experience to Allstate. She previously served as the general counsel of Pitney Bowes and has worked in the legal departments at Colgate-Palmolive, Burroughs Corporation, and Unisys Corporation. She has also served in the United States Department of Justice as Assistant United States Attorney in Detroit and Brooklyn, eventually assuming the role of Chief of the Civil Division in Detroit.

    Mayes is the recipient of numerous awards, including American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession - The Margaret Brent Award and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Trailblazer Award. She also was named one of America's top black lawyers by Black Enterprise in 2003. In 2009, Mayes was recognized as one of the most Influential General Counsels in America by The National Law Journal. Mayes is proud to serve as a positive role model and mentor who works tirelessly for causes that help minorities and women.

    Mayes serves on numerous boards including: Legal Momentum, RAND Corporation, the American Bar Association Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and Leadership Council for Legal Diversity.

    Registration Information:  This event is open to the public and registration is complimentary.  Click here to RSVP.

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