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Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion – A Summit for the Legal Community

July 11 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The HBA’s Diversity Summit is Thursday, July 11 at the South Texas College of Law Houston Garrett Townes Auditorium.

This program is co-sponsored by Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Asian American Bar Association of Houston, Houston Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, the Hon. Kyle Carter, Houston Bar Association, HBAA Charitable Fund, Inc., Law Offices of Seth Kretzer, Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and South Texas College of Law Houston.

All legal professionals are welcome! Attorneys earn 5 hours of MCLE credit, including 4 hours of ethics, for attending.

Registration is now closed.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration, check-in and breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. – Welcome & opening remarks – Diversity statement and wellness moment

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. – What Is Implicit Bias & How Can It Affect Your Cases?
The Hon. Ravi Sandill, 127th District Court
The Hon. Mike Gomez, 129th District Court
The Hon. Christine Weems, 281st District Court
The Hon. Belinda Hill, Visiting Judge & Former District Court Judge
Moderator: Karen Hurwitz, J.D., L.C.S.W.

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. – Understanding the Gender Spectrum
The Hon. Phyllis Frye, Frye and Benavidez

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Morning break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – The Business Side of Diversity & Inclusion
Ronald Curtis, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Lisa Modica, Halliburton
Jacob Monty, Monty & Ramirez LLP
Cristina Rodriguez, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Moderator: Hillary Holmes, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Pick up lunch and return to auditorium

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – The Importance of Allyship for Marginalized Groups
Corey Devine, Muskat, Mahony & Devine, LLP
The Hon. Steven Kirkland, 334th District Court
The Hon. Kim Ogg, District Attorney of Harris County, Texas
Travis Torrence, Shell Oil Company
Moderator: Deborah Lawson, Attorney at Law

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. – Afternoon break

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. – Law Practice Communication: Seeking, Hiring & Retaining a Diverse Workforce
Warren W. Harris, Bracewell LLP
Yvonne Ho, Bracewell LLP
Bill Kroger, Baker Botts L.L.P.
Kristina Vu, Baker Botts L.L.P.
Moderator: Tiffany Larsen, Harris County District Attorney’s Office

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Gender Fairness in the Workplace and Changing the Face of Parental Responsibility
Diana Gomez, Chamberlain Hrdlicka
The Hon. Lauren Reeder, 234th District Court

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Representation Matters: Local Bar Leaders
Ashlee McFarlane, Gerger Khalil Hennessey, LLP
Samantha Torres, Germer PLLC
Kathryn Vidal, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Networking Happy Hour co-sponsored by the Hon. Mike Engelhart, the Hon. Daryl Moore, the Hon. Maria T. Jackson and the Hon. Kristen B. Hawkins.

Contact Ashley Gagnon Steininger at ashleyg@hba.org or (713) 759-1133 for further information.


The heads and shoulders of six stick figures side-by-side in assorted colors


July 11
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


South Texas College of Law, 1st FL, Garrett Townes


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