About the Luncheon

Head shots of Rafael Boza, Judge Nikita Harmon, John Nechman and Zeinab Zahid.The HBA’s Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession (MOILP) Committee presented its annual Summer Associate Luncheon for program participants on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Houston.

The topic of this year’s luncheon was Overcoming Unconscious Biases, featuring panelists:

  • Rafael Boza, Sarens USA
  • The Hon. Nikita V. Harmon, 176th District Court
  • John Nechman, Katine & Nechman, LLP
  • Zeinab Zahid, Matias J. Adrogue, PLLC

and moderator Staci Wilson of Bracewell LLP.

During the luncheon, HBA President Benny Agosto, Jr. announced that the committee will change its name to “Diversity & Inclusion Committee” and coordinate a diversity summit and diversity award, in addition to current programming.

A wide shot of the ballroom, filled with tables of attendees watching the speaker


About the Program

Each year, the MOILP Committee organizes and implements a summer clerkship program for first-year law (1L) students from the three Houston law schools. The goal is to encourage equal opportunities for minority lawyers in the legal profession.

The annual summer associate luncheon is an event recognizing the employers and employees participating in this year’s clerkship program.

Law students participating in the 2019 MOILP Summer Clerkship Program


This Year's Participants

The HBA and the MOILP Committee would like to thank the 66 employers who agreed to participate in the 2019 1L summer associate program.

Employers listed with an asterisk (*) hired 1L clerks in 2019.


More Information

For more information about the luncheon, contact Bonnie Simmons at (713) 759-1133.

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