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A Farewll to Bo Farewell to Bo Continued from page 29 for the courtyard in the rain and battling the meter maids when they announced an unheard-of permit was required for the crane installing our flags, rushing around town to get it all done in time. He’s always willing to get his hands dirty.” Indeed, his heavy weed whacking, extermination of voles, unpacking and assembling of every piece of the heavy courtyard furniture and the resolution of many more issues led to the realization of President MacKenzie’s and Leon Ashford’s dream of renovating the Ronnie Noojin Courtyard. The second floor CLE classrooms were a very special project for Bo. As with our website, Bo knew that our technology and equipment needed to be current and accessible. He spent hours designing and overseeing the project, ensuring that the new classrooms had the best technology the Bar can provide, improving the wireless connection, updating the audio, and installing projectors, screens, and even a stage, all to create a memorable experience for speakers and CLE attendees. He also raised the ceilings, incorporated worn brick and glass into the space, and was lucky enough to stumble upon a window hidden in the back wall. As with the courtyard, Bo wanted to create a welcoming environment that members could continue to enjoy. In the summer of 2017, Bo was diagnosed with an early stage of lung cancer. After a full career and much success, Bo announced his intention to retire at the end of this year. He is currently undergoing treatment in New England where he has many friends and extended family. We will continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers as he bravely fights this battle, and wish him all the best in his retirement. We are ever grateful for the gifts Bo has given us over the years, and will strive to continue his legacy in our search for our next director. By Alyssa L. Prater, Director of Lawyer Referral Services, Birmingham Bar Association Are We Talking About Diversity Again? Continued from page 14 all employers. In the same manner that firms develop strategic business and marketing plans, so too must firms develop real diversity implementation plans that are reflective of the complex considerations which continue to limit diversity in our profession. G Contributed by Diandra S. “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann. Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse – Trial Lawyers ENDNOTES: 1 https://www.washingtonpost.com/ posteverything/wp/2015/05/27/law-is-theleast diverse-profession-in-the-nation- andlawyers arent-doing-enough-to-changethat/? utm_term=.853be8748393 2 ABA Lawyer Demographics Year 2015 https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/ aba/administrative/market_research/lawyerdemographics tables- 2015.authcheckdam. pdf 3 http://abovethelaw.com/2017/03/ unconscious-bias-remains-silent-butdeadly for-legal-diversity/ 4 https://www.washingtonpost.com/ posteverything/wp/2015/05/27/law-is-theleast diverse-profession-in-the-nation- andlawyers arent-doing-enough-to-changethat/? utm_term=.853be8748393 5 https://www.law360.com/articles/782768/ mdl-leadership-sees-a-crack-in-glass-ceiling 6 Epstein, Cynthia Fuchs, Women in Law 107-08 (2d ed. 1993). 7 For purposes of this category, Latino or Hispanic, while a culture, is used to designate those of latin, and central and south American heritage, while noting that some Latinos or Hispanics are also Black. 8 http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Membership/ DiversityInfographic-Minorities.pdf 9 ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association, Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms at 9 (2006). 10 ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, American Bar Association, Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms at 9 (2006). 11 Chavez, Linda Who needs the Stigma of Affirmatice Action, Chicago Tribune (February 3, 1999)l http://articles. chicagotribune.com/1999-02-03/ news/9902030119_1_discriminationharvard law-school-whites 12 Pearce, Russell G., Difference Blindness vs. Bias Awareness: Why Law Firms With the Best of Intentions Have Failed to Create Diverse Partnerships 83 FORDHAM L. REB. 2412, 2413 (YEAR); citing R.A. Lenhardt, According to Our Hearts and Location: Toward a Structuralist Approach to the Study of Interracial Families, 16 J. GENDER RACE JUSTICE 761, 761–62 (2013); 13 Kossinets, Geurgi; Watts, Duncan J., Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network, AJS Volume 113 Number 2 (September 2009) 405-50. 14 Quoted in http://abovethelaw. com/2017/03/unconscious-bias-remainssilent but-deadly-for-legal-diversity/ 15 http://www.nextions.com/wp-content/ files_mf/14468226472014040114 WritteninBlackandWhiteYPS.pdf 16 https://www.washingtonpost.com/ posteverything/wp/2015/05/27/law-is-theleast diverse-profession-in-the- nation-andlawyers arent-doing-enough-to-changethat/? utm_term=.853be8748393 17 Dobbin, Frank; Why Diversity Programs Fail, Harvard Business Review (July-August 2016 Issue). 18 Dobbin, Frank, Why Diversity Programs Fail, Harvard Business Review (July-August 2016); https://hbr.org/2016/07/whydiversity programs-fail 19 http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/12/ opinion/l-making-law-firms-more-diverse- 672980.html?partner=rssn 30 Birmingham Bar Association


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