The Memphis legal community on Thursday will be focused on the 2019 Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet, presented by the Reaves Law Firm at the Guest House at Graceland at 6:30 P.M.

This year’s keynote speaker will be former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Rodney E. Slater, the first African-American Director of the Federal Highway Administration.

The 2019 Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet brings together more than 500 judges, lawyers, law students, and leaders representing the corporate, non-profit, educational, and government sectors. It will highlight a wide array of contributions and achievements, paying particular attention to race, ethnicity, gender, LBGTQ status, and disability status while promoting diversity in all of its forms as a driver of innovation and excellence.

Awards will also be presented to the following recipients who demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion within the Memphis legal community.

o   Champion of Diversity: Ricky E. Wilkins

o   Large Firm: Butler Snow

o   Small Firm: Spence Law Firm

o   Corporate: International Paper

o   Professional Individual: Professor Demetria Frank, Memphis Law

o   Non-Profit Organization: JustCity

o   Law Student: Waleed Naser, Memphis Law

o   High School Student: Jasmin Magaña, Freedom Prep High School

This  event will celebrate the many ways diversity enriches The University of Memphis, the Memphis Legal Community, and the nation as a whole.

The event received support from local law firms, corporate legal departments, and other organizations deeply committed to diversity, including The Reaves Law Firm, Federal Express Corporation, Glankler Brown, International Paper, and Wells & Associates. The Unity in Diversity Scholarship Banquet has cemented itself as a signature event that will continue to celebrate and honor diversity in the legal profession and throughout the Memphis community for years to come.

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