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ABA president-elect speaking at WVU Law January 29

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA—Paulette Brown, the president-elect of the American Bar Association, is speaking at the West Virginia University College of Law on Thursday, January 29, at 7:15 p.m. in the college’s Event Hall.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Brown will discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and its impact on the legal profession’s diversity and cultural competence. A reception in the College of Law Lobby will follow her speech.

“We are honored that Ms. Brown is speaking in West Virginia on such an important topic,” said Gregory W. Bowman, interim dean and professor of law. “Her remarks are certain to engage, inspire, and challenge the audience.”

Brown’s speech is the keynote address for the 20th annual Mid-Atlantic People of Color (MAPOC) Legal Scholarship Conference, being hosted by the WVUCollege of Law January 29-31. The conference will explore the projected end of white ethnic majority in the United States by 2044 with top legal scholars from around the country.

Brown is a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Locke Lord Edwards. She has held many positions throughout her career, including as in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. The National Law Journal has recognized her as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.”

Phoebe Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, is also speaking at the MAPOC Conference. She will address conference participants on Friday, January 30, at 12:30 p.m. in the College of Law Event Hall.

The MAPOC Conference is open to the public but registration is required. The registration fee is $150. For more information and to register, visit


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