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Minority Trial Lawyer Committee


The Minority Trial Lawyer Committee serves as a resource for litigation and business development strategies as well as a career network for minority litigators, in-house counsel and law students. The Committee fosters professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy and community involvement while also facilitating discussions about diversity and the law.


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Collaborative Brief Bank

LexisNexis and the Section of Litigation are excited to introduce the Collaborative Brief Bank, a cooperative effort to develop a robust brief and motion bank for ongoing use by members of the ABA Section of Litigation. The Brief Bank is a free service for Section of Litigation members and a way to share and access best-in-class work product. Learn more and start submitting today!


Minority Trial Lawyers Publications Subcommittee

The Minority Trial Lawyers Publications Subcommittee is currently accepting applications for News and Development Editors and contributors.  If you are interested, please send your resume and a brief description of your area of practice, legal topics you have written or spoken about and your involvement, if any, with ABA committees, to Janice Arellano.

Diverse Litigator Speaker's Directory

The Section of Litigation, through the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, seeks to develop a pool of diverse speakers who are

  1. (1) leaders recognized in various areas of practice;
  2. (2)  help to build the business case for diversity;  and
  3. (3) create a resource for all section members seeking to expand their speaking opportunities in their area of practice and for all section committees seeking to include diverse speakers.

The Directory will be available through the Leadership Portal for all section leaders. If you would like to volunteer to be considered as a speaker please sign up by completing the Speaker Information form.

MTL Seeks Contributors for Website

As part of the Minority Trial Lawyer Committee's ongoing efforts to increase the quality of its website while also providing additional platforms for its members to increase their public visibility, the committee is currently seeking contributors for the Practice Points section of our website. Contributors to the News and Developments section would have the opportunity to write brief (between 250–750 words) "blog-like" entries about emerging topics that are relevant to the MTL's broad membership. If you are interested in submitting contributions to the MTL's Practice Points section or would like more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Janice Arellano.

Message from the Chairs

Dear Members:

We are excited to kick off another year with the Minority Trial Lawyers Committee.   We take great pride in our role as a key resource for litigation and business development strategies as well as a career network for minority litigators, in-house counsel and law students.  Our members are integral to our mission of fostering professional development, legal scholarship, advocacy and community involvement while also facilitating discussions about diversity and the law.  We thank you for your involvement, enthusiasm and energy in helping us accomplish our goals throughout the year.   


The Committee has always distinguished itself by the unique composition of its members.  We are a group of litigators and trial attorneys that come from diverse backgrounds in terms of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation. We practice in every area of the law in large, small, and medium-sized firms, in government and in-house positions, across the country and the world. Our interests and lifestyles are broad and varied. This diversity is our strength, and it builds success in our personal and professional lives.


This year, we are focused on expanding our membership and diversifying our program offerings.  As always, your participation is critical to the success of our Committee.  We encourage you to take part in our programs as a contributor, a committee leader or both.  We are pleased to offer the following opportunities for our members to get involved:


ABA Roundtables: This Subcommittee will lead the Committee’s monthly teleconference presentations on various litigation topics, including trial and litigation strategies, key developments in the law and professional development.


ABA Sound Advice:  This Subcommittee will spearhead the Committee’s production of 10-minute voice recordings delivering advice on any of key topics identified above.


ABA Section of Litigation Program:  This Subcommittee will lead the execution of ABA programs approved for ABA Section of Litigation conferences, including drafting panel proposals, identifying speakers and finalizing program proposals.


ABA Practice Tips:  This Subcommittee will create and solicit written practice tips from seasoned litigators, e.g, the “Top Ten Tips to Preparing Experts Witnesses for Trial”


Social Media Committee:  This tech-savvy Subcommittee will utilize current social media trends to publish and highlight our Committee’s content and accomplishments through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with an eye toward raising awareness about our Committee and growing our membership.


Several of the Subcommittees listed above are seeking to fill Co-Chair positions.  Please email LaKeisha R. Randall if you are interested in becoming involved with any of the above Subcommittees. 


Finally, we encourage you to attend the 2016 Professional Success Summit in Atlanta, Georgia this November.  The Professional Success Summit is a summit dedicated to litigators of color seeking to maximize their career potential. There will be 18 dynamic programs and several networking events, offering attendees the tools and skills necessary to reach the pinnacle of success in their respective careers.   MTLC is a proud sponsor of the Summit and many of our very own members will be featured speakers and panelists. 


We look forward to another great year with you!  


Your Cochairs,


Patricia Astorga
U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York


Andre’ Caldwell
Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C.
Oklahoma City, OK


LaKeisha R. Randall
State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
Atlanta, GA

Cochairs, Minority Trial Lawyer Committee


Subcommittee Overview

There are plenty of opportunities to participate—including current openings for chair positions—and we encourage you to contribute your input, energy, and commitment to a subcommittee(s). The committee chairs find work with the committee to be professionally and personally rewarding, providing opportunities to network with, and learn from, minority attorneys across the nation, and we believe you will, too.

Active Subcommittees

  1. Business Development
  2. Membership
  3. Newsletter
  4. Pipeline
  5. Programming
  6. Website


Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

Navigant Partners

Mike St. Martin

Toshi Dezaki



Minority Trial Lawyer Leadership

Cochairs Newsletter Editors Practice Points Editors

Patricia Astorga

New York, NY

Andre’ Caldwell

Oklahoma City, OK

LaKeisha Randall

Atlanta, GA

Aaron Clay

Philadelphia, PA

Janice Arellano

Edison, NJ

William Panlilio

New York, NY

Sathima Jones

Philadelphia, PA