Debra L. Lee, President and Chief Operating Officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET), the leading media and entertainment company targeted to African Americans, will be the featured speaker during the inaugural meeting of the DC Minority Attorney Networking Series. Hosted by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson LLP, the program will be held on Thursday, March 31st from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at Hotel Monaco, located at 700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. The DC Minority Attorney Networking Series was co-organized by Fried Frank and Arnold & Porter LLP, and the inaugural meeting is being sponsored by 23 DC law firms.
One of the country's most revered and respected business executives, Ms. Lee will speak about her experience as a minority lawyer and her numerous career achievements over the past two decades. During her tenure at BET, Ms. Lee has played some of the most pivotal roles in the company's history, including executive vice president and general counsel of BET's legal affairs department; corporate secretary; and president and publisher of BET's publishing division.
"Fried Frank is proud to host the inaugural reception of the DC Minority Attorney Networking Series and to have such a fine speaker as Ms. Lee to help us launch this exciting new program," said Matt T. Morley, Managing Partner, Fried Frank's Washington, DC office.
In collaboration with Arnold & Porter LLP, Fried Frank created the DC Minority Attorney Networking Series. The Series is intended to provide a forum to allow attorneys of color in the DC metropolitan area to network and discuss issues of professional development, build alliances, and form relationships with peers. The concept for the Series was generated by Fried Frank's Attorney of Color affinity group, which meets regularly to network and discuss issues of common interest and concern.
"Our minority attorneys wanted to explore new outlets to celebrate diversity and to develop local programs for the professional development of minority attorneys," said Mr. Morley. "So we partnered with Arnold & Porter LLP and developed this Series, to be held on a quarterly basis at different firms around town, which will feature informal speeches by prominent local attorneys of color followed by an opportunity to network," continued Mr. Morley.
In addition to the co-founding firms, twenty-one more leading law firms in Washington, DC have agreed to team up and sponsor the Minority Attorney Networking Series. Those firms include: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP; Arent Fox PLLC; Baker Botts LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Hogan & Hartson LLP; Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP; Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP; McDermott Will & Emery; Miller & Chevalier; Morgan Lewis; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Shaw Pittman LLP; Steptoe & Johnson, LLP; Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman, LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Williams & Connolly LLP; Wiley Rein & Fielding LLP; Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP.