In support of its mission to promote civility, ethics, and professionalism, the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court has newly formed a Diversity, Alliance & Outreach Committee. Led by two veteran Inn members, Christin Sullivan Miller and Elizabeth Dougherty, the Committee will consolidate and further the Inn's efforts to promote diversity in its membership and in the profession writ large. The Committee builds on the important work that began during this season’s February 9 “Diverse Attorneys in IP” program, organized by Richard Rainey and the members of Pupilage Group 4.
The Committee will also foster and grow relationships between the Giles S. Rich Inn and other Inns, allying with them to provide the best possible programming, mentorship, and opportunities to every Inn member. The Committee will continue the efforts made this season to have cross-Inn programming, as this season included programming with the Inn’s longtime partner, the Pauline Newman American Inn of Court, in addition to T. J. Ward American Inn of Court, the Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court, the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court.
A key goal of the new committee is an expanded mentorship initiative and engagement with the broader legal and local communities. This, too, builds on the Inn’s efforts this season to engage with local law schools for its programming, which include extending membership and event invitations to law students and partnering with the Howard University School of Law for the Inn’s February meeting.
The Diversity, Alliance & Outreach Committee membership will include Inn members Joshua Kresh, Stephanie Roberts, Jonathan Stroud, Kiley White, and Adi Williams.