Hosted Events and Sponsorships

50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act Panel Discussion

Locke Lord LLP
111 S. Wacker Drive, 29th Floor  
Chicago, IL

July 28, 2015

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, Locke Lord LLP hosted an important and timely CLE panel discussion sponsored by Diversity Leaders in the Legal Community .

Voting Rights CLE Materials: Supreme Ct. Cases and Background

Paulette Brown, who will be moderating the discussion, is currently President-elect of the American Bar Association. In August 2015, she will become the first woman of color and the third African American to serve as ABA President. Ms. Brown is a Partner in the law firm of Locke Lord LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. For the past 25 years, she has focused on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Brown held a number of positions, including in-house counsel to a number of Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court Judge.

Distinguished Panelists Included:

Justice Bertina Lampkin, First District, 6th Division, was appointed to the Appellate Court in 2009. She has served as a member of four different Illinois Supreme Court committees and as Chair of two of them, the Criminal Law and Probation Administration Committee and the Illinois Pattern Instructions in Criminal Cases Committee. She has taught judges in various aspects of the law for 20 years, including death penalty litigation, proper handling of guilty pleas and jury selection. She is a member of the Illinois Judges' Association, The Illinois Judicial Council, The Women's Bar Association of Illinois, and the American, Chicago, Cook County and Black Women Lawyers Bar Associations.

Lori Lightfoot is a trial attorney, investigator and risk manager at the law firm of Mayer Brown. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Lightfoot served the City of Chicago in numerous key governmental roles, including as Chief Administrator, Office of Professional Standards (OPS) of the Chicago Police Department. At OPS, she managed a 100-person office of civilian investigators charged with investigating police-involved shootings, allegations of excessive force and other misconduct alleged against Chicago police officers. She also coordinated joint investigations with state and federal criminal authorities and facilitated the implementation of new compliance and risk-management systems that included redesign of the disciplinary processes for sworn and civilian members, creation of a management intervention program for problem employees, and targeted tracking of litigation costs associated with complaints against department members. She was recently appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel as incoming chair of the Chicago Police Board.

Prof. Juan Perea joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law as a full-time law faculty in 2011. He has written extensively on racial inequality, the legal history of race relations in the United States, and the civil rights of Latinos.  His articles have appeared in Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Minnesota Law Review and William and Mary Law Review, among others.  He is the author of Race and Races: Cases and Resources for a Diverse America (with Delgado, Harris, Stefancic and Wildman). He has taught Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Critical Theory, Employment Law, and Race Relations.