Challenges for the Profession in Challenging Times

Reflecting upon the challenges for leadership as the judiciary and the profession address issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.  Judge Bernice Donald, a highly respected judicial trailblazer, was the first African American woman judge elected to the bench in Tennessee and similarly the first African American woman in the history of the United States to serve as a bankruptcy judge. She served in the Western District of Tennessee. In 1995 President Clinton appointed her to the federal bench and President Obama appointed her to the Sixth Circuit in 2010.  

Judge Donald is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association Judicial Division. Previously, she served as Chair of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and recently chaired a committee which published an implicit bias resource book for judges and practitioners titled, Enhancing Justice: Reducing Bias. Judge Donald also served as Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section focusing on issues concerning implicit bias, children of incarcerated parents, mass incarceration, and the collateral consequences of incarceration. She has been faculty at the National Judicial College, the Federal Judicial Center, and the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School.

Judge Donald has been the recipient of over 100 awards for professional, civic, and community activities.  

For more information, contact Deborah Grattan at

Presented by Hofstra Law's The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics

The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, founded in honor of one of the profession’s most influential legal scholars, seeks to focus the attention of law students, scholars, judges and practitioners on today’s most significant issues for the legal profession.

The Freedman Institute sponsors programs and conferences for scholarly inquiry and brings together practitioners, judges and scholars to examine critical aspects of the delivery of legal services.

It also trains law students to take responsibility for serving others, and it provides practical experiences to do so.

Monroe Freedman schooled generations of law students and implored colleagues to "make a difference." The Freedman Institute seeks to enhance his legacy.

Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Time: 6:10 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: held via Zoom

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom.

RSVP is required.

Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom session the morning of the event.



Wednesday, September 02, 2020



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