Diversity CLE & Reception: How to Succeed in Prioritizing and Sustaining Diversity in Today’s Legal Practice
Thu, October 7, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM ET
The bench and bar in Knoxville invite you to attend a program entitled "How to Succeed in Prioritizing and Sustaining Diversity in Today’s Legal Practice."
Cornell H. Kennedy, our keynote speaker, will bring judges, attorneys, and law students together to strengthen diversity and inclusion efforts in East Tennessee. The program consists of a CLE program from 4-5:15 p.m. followed by a reception until 6:30 p.m. at The Foundry on the Fair Site. The fee is $30 for KBA members. Discounted rates for students and law school faculty.
While many acknowledge that an inclusive, equitable and diverse workplace is important, achieving such is often a challenge, particularly in the legal field. At the same time, those entering the workforce, as well as our clients, are more diverse in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, national origin, disabilities and age than at any time in the history of our country and expect the same varied demographics in their workplace and in the attorneys they hire. How can law firms encourage and recognize diversity, incorporate different perspectives into their company culture and promote inclusivity and equitability for employee and client satisfaction? Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how Cornell H. Kennedy, Member of Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, and his firm worked to prioritize diversity and inclusion in their firm and in their practice. During this program you will learn proven and practical methods for how to meaningfully discuss racial, ethnic, and other differences with your colleagues, how to cultivate skills to defuse and eliminate incivility and how to implement strategies to challenge bias and stereotypes, all in order to move beyond diversity in name only and take definitive action to work toward actual diversity for a more productive and successful legal practice.
For the past 20 years, the KBA has held this event for law students to promote the retention of legal talent in East Tennessee following graduation. The event offers students the chance to meet and network with members of the judiciary and local attorneys.
**Each guest will be assigned a table upon arrival. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before 4 p.m. As part of the opening exercise, each guest will be asked to share with the members at their table something interesting about themselves that only a handful of people know.**
About our Keynote Speaker:
Cornell Kennedy practices primarily in the areas of general corporate law and health care. In the areas of general corporate law, Mr. Kennedy’s practice includes representing companies and individuals in business formation and dissolution, acquisitions, and various other operational matters, including employment and covenants not-to-compete. In health care matters, Mr. Kennedy’s practice includes counseling health care companies and providers, including dentists, veterinarians, optometrists, physicians and chiropractors in transactional matters including practice start-ups, practice acquisitions and equity buy-ins. Mr. Kennedy focuses his practice on the legal and business needs of his health care clients by advising them on issues related to: practice start-ups with formation, operation and lease negotiations; complex practice acquisition and sales; buy-ins; operating and partnership agreements; covenants not-to-compete and other employment matters; forming and structuring dental service organizations, real estate sales and acquisitions; and financing. Additionally, as a dental corporate lawyer, Mr. Kennedy is a frequent speaker throughout Tennessee on topics such as practice start-ups/transitions, lease negotiation strategies, associate contracts/buy-ins and other employment law matters.Mr. Kennedy is a native of Nashville. He earned his J.D. from The University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Kennedy was a graduate of the Law & Business Program and served as Secretary of the Business Tax Law Association. Mr. Kennedy graduated magna cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Mr. Kennedy is conversational in Portuguese.
THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR BUDDY MATCH IS SEPTEMBER 1
Lawyer and law student attendees are encouraged to sign up for the Buddy Match Program which pairs a local attorney with a law student for the purpose of networking during the Diversity & Inclusion program on October 7. This is an opportunity for law students to become acclimated with their future colleagues in the Knoxville Bar, to get an inside track on possible job opportunities, and to learn about different practice areas from talented local attorneys and judges. You may engage your buddy through lunch, coffee, emails or over the phone, but Buddy Match participants are asked to commit to a minimum of one hour of your time interacting with your buddy outside of the October 7 Diversity CLE & Reception.
Business and cultural changes have helped raise awareness about the need for diversity and inclusion but it is time to move past awareness to focus on measurement, transparency and personal accountability. By participating in Buddy Match, you are committing to be an Advocate for Diversity and Inclusion.
In order to allow sufficient time for the buddies to connect, the deadline to sign-up for Buddy Match is September 1.
Please Note: You will have the option to sign-up for Buddy Match when you register for the program.
Tennessee Commission On Continuing Legal Education
Credit has been approved with the Tennessee Commission On Continuing Legal Education for 1.00 CLE Dual credit. KBA is an approved CLE provider with the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and CME provider with the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.
747 World's Fair Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
Reservations cancelled less than 48 hours before the program are subject to the penalty of the entire amount. However, you may transfer your registration to another individual.
Thu, October 7, 2021
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM ET
|$0.00||KBA Member CLE Season Pass|
|Law School Faculty and Staff|
|$20.00||Law School Faculty and Staff (KBA Member)|
|$20.00||Law School Faculty and Staff (Non-Member)|
|$0.00||Law Student Members|
|$0.00||Law Students Non-Members|
CLE & Sections Coordinator