Partner Sarah L. Reid spoke at the Fifteenth Annual Paul Robeson Conference, "Thinking Outside of Race: Are We Ready?" on April 3, 2009, examining ballot initiatives to end affirmative action, what the election of President Obama means for race relations, and how lawyers can diversify higher education and employment. Hosted by the Columbia Black Law Students Association, Ms. Reid's discussion focused on the efforts of diversifying the legal workplace. Columbia Black Law Students Association is a chapter of the National Black Law Students Association, the largest student-run organization in the United States. The organization's mission is to facilitate the academic and professional development of African-American students at Columbia and to instill in them a greater commitment to the needs of the black community.

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