The Future of DEI in the Legal Profession in the Wake of SCOTUS’ Decimation of Affirmative Action



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December 19, 2023
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About the Program

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court in its decision on Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, struck down affirmative action policies at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University, effectively ending the consideration of race as a factor for admitting students to higher education. Since then, various groups have filed lawsuits seeking to expand the impact of the decision, including to law firm fellowship programs and in other contexts. The response to these suits and the SCOTUS decision has been varied and leaves firms and attorneys wondering, what will DEI efforts in the legal profession look like going forward. Join our panel of experts as they discuss the SCOTUS decision and its meaning; the resulting lawsuits and responses thereto; and the impact of DEI on the legal industry.

Meet the Speakers
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Heather Souder-Choi


Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Partner Baker Botts

Heather Choi is Baker Botts’ first-ever Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Heather is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s global equity and inclusion strategy. She collaborates with firm leadership to integrate diversity best practices, with a focus on shaping programs around recruitment, retention, promotion and client engagement. Heather also chairs the Baker Botts Diversity & Inclusion Committee – working closely with the firm’s executive leadership to drive and accelerate institutional diversity and inclusion priorities.

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Danielle Conley


Partner Latham & Watkins Counsel for Harvard University in SFFA Inc. v. Harvard College

Partner in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, a trusted adviser with deep experience in the public and private sector, representing clients in high-stakes, multifaceted legal challenges at the intersection of law, government policy, and business.

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Lara Flath


Partner Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Counsel for University of North Carolina in SFFA Inc. v. UNC

In addition, Ms. Flath assists clients in connection with complex regulatory and internal investigations, including enforcement matters before the Department of Justice and other domestic and international regulators. She also has represented individuals in connection with white collar crime investigations and litigation brought by the Department of Justice. In recognition of her work, Ms. Flath was named one of Crain’s New York Business’ 2022 Notable Women in Law, one of Law360’s 2022 Rising Stars, one of Business Insider’s 2022 Rising Stars of the Courtroom and repeatedly as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Litigators in America.

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