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Racism Behind the Scenes in Hollywood

A note on corporate governance in Hollywood and the duty of care regarding diversity and inclusiveness.


Bi-Partisan Bill for LGBT Protection Filed in Florida

Despite strong opposition, there is hope for a gender-equality protections bill to pass.


Better Ways to Achieve Campus Diversity

A change in admissions strategies may help Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill achieve racial diversity.


Articles »

Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and an Explosive Legal Showdown

By Joseph M. Hanna

Rice challenges NFL’s indefinite suspension, arguing the "one penalty" rule.

NBA Leads in Gender Equity

By Joseph M. Hanna

Women are stepping into the world of America’s professional men's sports.


Fair Hiring Initiatives to Curb Disparate Impact Discrimination

By Nikki Odom

EEOC issues guidelines encouraging employers to discard bright-line rules in favor of a job-related targeted criminal background screen that is consistent with business necessity.


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Confused? Concerned? Curious? Need advice? MTL mentors will answer your questions about professional development, career building, firm relationships, and work-life balance. Submit your own anonymous question.

How Can a Young Associate Become Involved in a Firm's Business-Development Initiatives?

Start with seeking out opportunities and seeing them through.


Sound Advice

audio Anatomy of a Construction Defect Case

By Ellen Greiper and Eric Cohen

An overview of this specific type of litigation and some tips on how best to handle these cases, which present several unique scenarios and challenges for attorneys. (12:41 min)

audio The Transition from Prosecutor to Private Practice

By Andre Caldwell

Making the switch from the public sector to private realm can be challenging. Listen as former prosecutor Andre Caldwell shares advice on how to make this transition go smoothly. (7:29 min)

audio Best Practices for Pretrial Discovery and the Use of Experts

By Joe Hanna

Joe Hanna gives tips on conducting pretrial discovery and using experts to help give you the advantage. (9:10 min)



Announcements »

SAVE THE DATE! Roundtable on Leadership—Tuesday, Dec. 16

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee presents the Roundtable Navigating Leadership in the Section of Litigation: Becoming Involved in Leadership. Join us on Dec. 16, 3 p.m. EST. To register, click here.


Diverse Litigator Speaker's Directory

The Section of Litigation is creating a Diverse Litigator Speakerís Directory. If you would like to volunteer to be considered as a speaker please sign up by completing the Speaker Information form.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2015 Diversity Leadership Award

The ABA Section of Litigation is accepting nominations for the 2015 Diversity Leadership Award.

MTL Seeks Contributors for Website

The committee is currently inviting contributors for the News & Developments section of our website. Contact editor Patricia Astorga if you are interested.


Minority Trial Lawyer Leadership

Cochairs Editor-in-Chief Newsletter Editors Web Editors
Joseph M. Hanna

Buffalo, NY

Jorge Mestre

Miami, FL

Nikki Odom

Chicago, IL

Patricia Astorga

New York, NY


Book Chair

Maryann B. Zaki

Houston, TX

Gabriel Fuentes

Chicago, IL

William Panlilio

New York, NY


Janice Arellano

Philadelphia, PA

Erika Glenn

Houston, TX

Michael Huggins

New York, NY