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Diversity & Inclusion

 

Program Time and Dates
8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 22, 2022 virtual program
Saturday, February 12, 2022 in Parker Poe's Atlanta office

For 15 years, Parker Poe has hosted a daylong program to help minority students navigate law school, make a successful transition into the practice of law after graduation, and thrive as they pursue the different paths a legal career may take. More than 750 students have attended since the program's inception. Read some of what students who attended the 2020 program had to say about THRIVE here.

Our keynote speaker in Atlanta on February 12, 2022 will be Micheal Binns, a former Parker Poe partner who is now associate general counsel at Meta (formerly Facebook). Micheal serves as Meta's head of patent portfolio stratey, family of apps. He previously served as Meta's associate general counsel for patents, licensing, and open source. Earlier in his career, he helped open Parker Poe's Atlanta office and later served as its leader.

Micheal has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for his "love of law, ambition, and pursuit of excellence, while possessing a compassion for those in need and a strong desire to give back to others." He serves as board chair of Page Turners Make Great Learners, a nonprofit working to improve literacy in inner-city Atlanta. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Georgia Wildlife Federation and the Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody, Georgia. He earned his law degree from Fordham University and his bachelor's degree from Morgan State University. 

Additional Presentations and Breakout Sessions
As in years past, we will have a panel of practicing attorneys discussing topics such as the distinction between a litigation practice and a transactional practice, in addition to highlighting different approaches to having a successful legal career. We will also have a presentation on learning how to brand yourself for success and a panel featuring two Parker Poe summer associates, one of whom is joining the firm full-time in the fall.

In addition, there will be several smaller breakout sessions:

1. Financial Literacy: Understand the pitfalls that await you in the next phase and start planning now.

2. First Generation Lawyers: Thriving as a minority in your legal practice - everything you ever wanted to ask about balancing work, life, and mental health, managing imposter syndrome, promotions to partner and equity partner, and more.

3. Alternative Uses of Your JD: Learn about different paths to legal practice beyond traditional law firm life.

Virtual Option for Part of the Program
Parker Poe will provide a virtual option to view a portion of the program from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This virtual portion will include the keynote presentation, a panel of attorneys discussing their paths to the practice of law and various strategies for success, and a presentation on branding yourself for success.

Networking Opportunities
There will be networking breaks throughout the day. During breakfast and lunch, students will also be able to participate in informal discussions with attorneys and other students.

Are You Nervous About Law Firm Interviews?
You can sign up to participate in a virtual mock interview with a Parker Poe attorney to help strengthen your interviewing skills. The mock interviews will be the day before the event: Friday, February 11.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols
In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Parker Poe has adopted the following safety protocols for this event:

  • We ask that all attendees take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event and produce a negative result. PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.
  • Masks will be required at all times during the event unless actively eating or drinking.
  • We have limited attendance and are taking other steps to assist with social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at numerous stations throughout the event. We ask that all attendees use it liberally or wash hands frequently.

Do You Want to Register?
Space is limited to assist with social distancing guidelines. Please send an email to thrive@parkerpoe.com by Monday, February 7 to register for our program in Atlanta. Please type “THRIVE” in the subject line of your email and indicate whether you:

1. Would like to participate in a mock interview.
2. Will be participating in-person or virtually.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact Crystal Jones at 704.371.6165.

Additional Resources
To learn more about Parker Poe's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please click here.

We encourage minority law students to take advantage of other valuable resources as well. For example, the Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF) is a great way to get in front of approximately 140 employers, including Parker Poe.