All Bar Conference to delve into diversity

first_img February 1, 2001 Regular News All Bar Conference to delve into diversity All Bar Conference to delve into diversity Large law firms and corporate counsel offices should focus on becoming more diverse, according to Bar President Herman Russomanno. And to bring the issue to the forefront, Russomanno has decided to devote the 2001 All Bar Conference to the topic. The conference, which will be held Friday, March 9 at the Tampa Airport Marriott, will explore ways to promote the value of a diverse legal profession, with special emphasis on increasing diversity at large law firms and corporate counsel offices. Russomanno said the conference will explore the topic of economic empowerment, or how law firms benefit from embracing diversity and how certain corporations look toward diversity in awarding business. “The Florida Bar is committed to full and equal participation of women and minorities in the legal profession,” Russomanno said. Conference participants will also discuss how best to promote the recruitment of minority law school students and encourage the retention and advancement of minority lawyers. The All Bar Conference is being organized by a committee co-chaired by Raul A. Arencibia, chair of the Bar’s Equal Opportunities Law Section; Barbara A. Eagan, president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers; and Craig Gibbs, president of the National Bar Association’s Virgil Hawkins chapter. The Fall 2000 issue of the American Bar Association Bar Leader notes that the U.S. population is currently comprised of 73 percent white and 27 percent of color. While The Florida Bar may not reflect this percentage of minorities at present, projections for the year 2050 note that the U.S. population will be only 53 percent white and 47 percent of color. Russomanno says the Bar will need to work hard to keep up. Minority law students may be the first avenue for increasing diversity, said Arencibia. “Some individuals have said that if you don’t have the advancement of minorities in law firms and major corporate departments, then you have `the chicken and the egg’ problem where minority students will not be going to law school because they don’t perceive that in the future the avenue will be available to them to succeed,” said Arencibia. “This is one issue we need to address.” Another issue, according to Gibbs, is that law firms have not made a strong enough commitment to recruiting minorities right out of law school. “So often firms are claiming that there’s just no pool of minority candidates to draw potential attorneys from,” said Gibbs. “Part of that is these firms are looking for the Michael Jordan of the law school class, and not the guy who’s going to put in 10 points every game and give you five rebounds.” Many times, when talking about diversity, women are left out of the picture. This will not be the case at the All Bar Conference, according to Russomanno. He hopes to include speeches by women lawyers who have achieved a great deal of success in their profession. “These women rainmakers are inspirational for the success they have achieved,” Russomanno said. “They set a shining example of the heights women can achieve in this profession.” Whereas education is the main focus of increasing the number of minorities in the profession, it is not the main focus for women, according to Eagan. “[Women] are well-advanced in the education portion of the dilemma, but women face more problems with retention and advancement in the law firm setting. A lot of it is practical because women don’t have access to the client base that men often have access to, and, in a law firm setting, that’s the way you advance bottom line, the clients and money you bring in,” said Eagan. The All Bar Conference will be held Friday, March 9, in the ballroom of the Tampa Airport Marriott. Persons interested in attending should call Pat Stephens in The Florida Bar’s Public Information office at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5764 or e-mail your registration request to [email protected] flabar.org. There will be no registration fee, but lunch will only be provided to enrolled attendees. The program is designed to allow one-day travel, but those requiring lodging on March 8 should contact the Marriott by February 15, to ensure the room block rate of $159. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel’s reservation center at (407) 812-6040.last_img

Ken Schrader joins IMCA Modified field at Skyline Raceway Park July 9

first_imgCORTLAND, N.Y. – After reading an article about Skyline Raceway Park in Circle Track magazine, Ken Schrader decided he had to visit the Cortland, N.Y., speedplant.He’ll sign autographs, then join the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regulars at Skyline on the track Saturday, July 9.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. Schrader will meet and greet with race fans during the track’s annual autograph session that precedes hot laps and racing.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.Grandstand admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and free for kids eight and under.More information is available by calling 607 745-0275.last_img

Proud To Be Indian | ‘Vision, not visibility, needed to succeed’, says Dapran Inani as he embarks on a journey to become first visually impaired Indian grandmaster

first_img Narayan R WATCH US LIVE Further, Darpan gave much of the the credit for his success to his parents, and also felt that he didn’t fail in his journey only because he knew it’d be tough, something which a number of people fail to deal with. Session ID: 2020-09-09:add21da0d42a81ea481d1c3d Player Element ID: video_player_5f578f143b726 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Vision is needed, not visibility, to succeed — This was the following message put forward by Darpan Inani, one of India’s leading chess players and the only visually impaired Indian to win an international event in the sport.Speaking exclusively to Republic TV on the 70th Republic Day, the 24-year-old stated that any individual, even though he may be limited by his vision, can succeed if he has an imagination.  “It requires imagination, and that is what is meant by vision. Visibility is not required and if you have the visualization ability, you can play the game,” when asked how he manages to play a sport without having the sight to see. “My parents have been the backbone always, and they have supported meticulously in whatever I do. They leave the decision making to me, and once I take it, they support me in every endeavor that I venture in. It’s the mindset (when asked why people give up). At times, we tend to give up or feel depressed because we expect life should be easy….Whenever we are seeing the road is not easy, we tend to give up,” the 24-year-old said. Last Updated: 26th January, 2019 19:01 IST Proud To Be Indian | ‘Vision, Not Visibility, Needed To Succeed’, Says Dapran Inani As He Embarks On A Journey To Become First Visually Impaired Indian Grandmaster The chess master, who intends to become the first visually impaired Indian grandmaster, also mentioned that chess is the only sport which lets him compete with others on an equal level “There is no other game which gives me the opportunity to compete with the sighted people on an equal footing.This is the only game where I can compete with the sighted people and beat them. It requires no modification of rules, and I can play at par with them,” Darpan added. “My life changing story? When I was at eight years, I started my formal school from third standard. I was admitted to a normal school and that was the life changing moment for me because integrating with the mainstream, it changed my life entirely. It was definitely a challenge.  A lot of schools at that point refused to admit me or they were apprehensive about how will we cope up or how will we teach him.” LIVE TV FOLLOW US First Published: 26th January, 2019 14:31 IST Written By The chess master, who intends to become the first visually impaired Indian grandmaster, also mentioned that chess is the only sport which lets him compete with others on an equal level. COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Another major topic which he enlightened on was the incident which changed him. When quipped if there was any particular moment which brought he change in his life, he said,last_img read more