Widener Law Hosts 2008 Haile L. Alford Memorial Conference
Web Editor - Published: April 30, 2008

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Werten F. W. Bellamy Jr. and Dean Linda Ammons

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Werten F. W. Bellamy Jr.

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Doneene Damon, Roberta Torian, Barbara Potts, Teresa Mason, Theresa V. Brown-Edwards

On Friday April 25th, the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association held the 2008 Haile L. Alford Memorial Conference at Widener Law. The conference began with a training session in the morning, continued with a luncheon and Keynote Address, and ended with two panel discussions in the afternoon.

Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons opened the morning session with a general welcome that touched on some of the school’s diversity efforts. Werten F.W. Bellamy, Jr., founder of Stakeholders, Inc., conducted a training and career development seminar. He spoke about pathways to career opportunities and offered his observations on diversity, the marketplace, and the employer-employee relationship. Mr. Bellamy noted of the diversity discussion, “No one wants to define the end game, and that’s consequential.” He also discussed career trajectories and how to be a ‘top performer’. After Mr. Bellamy’s stirring session, conference participants proceeded to the Barristers’ Club for lunch and a Keynote address from A. Michael Pratt, Esq., a Partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP and a former President of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia.

Following lunch, the conference moved back to the Ruby Vale Moot Courtroom, where Emilie R. Ninan, a Partner at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP and President of the South Asian Bar Association of Delaware, moderated a panel discussion about women of color in law firms. The panel consisted of Advanta General Counsel Roberta Torian, Teresa Mason of the Delaware Department of Justice, Blank Rome LLP Partner Barbara Potts, Potter Anderson Corroon LLP Partner Theresa V. Brown-Edwards, and Doneene Damon, Director at Richard Layton & Finger. The final panel of the day addressed using a legal background to pursue other opportunities. Rafael X. Zahralddin-Aravena, Executive Vice Chair of the Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and managing shareholder of the Wilmington office of Elliott Greenleaf, moderated a panel featuring Louis L. Redding Professor for the Study of Law and Public Policy at the University of Delaware Leland Ware, Bernard B. Fulton, III, Esq., and Melissa Murphy Weber, a shareholder at Elliott Greenleaf and former representative for the 148th Legislative District in Pennsylvania.