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In this episode, we will present practical information and examples on how nurturing a national network of professional & personal contacts is essential to a lawyer’s success. Topics covered will include: how to use a national bar association—like the ABA—to develop a strong network; real-life examples of leading attorneys who have successfully done so; useful tips on how to gain national positive exposure and showcase your talents and expertise; and what not to do when you’re looking to build a powerful national network.
Cie Armstead is the Director of the ABA Center for Racial & Ethnic Diversity, which consists of four programmatic entities: Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; Council for Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline; Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice; and Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. The Diversity Center provides the framework for effective utilization of ABA resources committed to diversity; improves coordination and collaboration of diversity efforts throughout the Association; and helps to maintain diversity as a priority focus for the Association.
Dr. Valeria Stokes is the Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer of the American Bar Association (ABA). In this position, she is responsible for maintaining the ABA’s long-standing commitment to diversity as stated in its Goal III operating principle to Eliminate Bias and Enhance Diversity and directing all of the human resources functions of the Association. Her position, which reports to ABA Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer Jack Rives, will serve as a focal point for all of the ABA's diversity and inclusion initiatives.
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