Microsoft and Perkins Coie LLP Partner to Sponsor Tech Law Summit at Howard University School of Law

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8:00 am - 8:15AM

Sponsor Acknowledgement and Introduction: 

The Future Computed Overview - Legal, Policy and Social Justice Issues Impacting Technology 
Presenters: Dean Danielle Holley-Walker and Daphne Forbes 

8:20am - 8:30am

Cloud Computing and Big Data: The Intersection of Compliance and Technology 
Presenter: Charlie Bingham 

8:35 am- 9:35 am

 AI 101
Moderator: LaDale George
Presenters: Alonzo Barber, Cassandra Swain, Casiya Thaniel, Devon Grant, and Shanelle Henry 

9:35 - 9::45 am

Break - Technology Exhibits (Device Bar and Xbox Gaming)

9:45 - 10:30am

Work Tools of the Future: How Legal Professionals Use Microsoft Technology
Moderator: Melanie Scott-Bennett
Presenters: Eric Brown, and Karen Lewers, Quala Wright,

10:35 - 11:35AM

ABCs of Data Today: Analytics, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Cybersecurity
Moderator: Tanell Ford
Presenters: Dominique Shelton Leipzig, T’Shae Sherman, and Veronica Jackson 

11:35am - 12pm Break - Technology Exhibits (Device Bar and Xbox Gaming) and Transition to Lunch

12pm - 1:30pm

Keynote Luncheon (Sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe)
Lorraine McGowen - Introduction
Neal Suggs – Keynote Speaker 

1:40 pm - 2:40pm

The Rise of eSports: Fortnite Dance Moves and Cultural Appropriation
Moderator: Vickie Robinson
Panelists: Eva Pulliam and Mason Ashe 

2:45 - 3:15pm

Technology and the Public Sector: SmartCity Developments
Moderator: Jonathan Beckham
Presenters: Cameron Carr and Raamel Mitchell 

3:20 - 3:45pm

HoloLens Demo
Presenter: Eric Brown 

3:45 - 4:30pm

LinkedIn How to Rock Your Profile Presentation
Moderator: Quala Wright
Presenters: Chanel Spellman and Tori Simms 

4:30 - 5pm

Closing Remarks:
Presenters: Daphne Forbes and Lorraine McGowen



5:30 - 7:30pm

Networking Reception (Sponsored by Perkins Coie) 


Howard University School of Law will host a daylong Tech Law Summit on Feb. 15 at the Howard University School of Law Law Library. Sponsored by Microsoft’s Corporate and External Legal Affairs group in partnership with Perkins Coie LLP, one of the goals of this conference is to educate minority legal professionals on the issues and opportunities in the tech industry in an effort to help infuse the legal workforce with a diverse pipeline to ensure fair, transparent and accountable development of Artificial Intelligence as a service and other new technologies that empower everyone.

This summit will feature leading technology lawyers discussing cutting edge issues and having lively debates. Attendees will gain practical insight into the latest developments in technology and technology policy, as well as how to use key technology to enhance their productivity in the practice of law. Please join us as we discuss Artificial Intelligence, Work Tools of the Future, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Cybersecurity, Smart Cities, eSports, and other pertinent topics. A networking reception will immediately follow.

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Greenberg Traurig: Firm Snapshot |


Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) is a global law firm with more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. 


GT is committed to elevating our clients’ legal services experience.  Our Innovative Client Strategies Team, a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys and business professionals, focuses on developing innovations to improve the client experience. By applying key drivers to the traditional legal model, we create innovative strategies to enable our attorneys to improve predictability, provide better insights, and ultimately deliver more value.


Fostering Diversity & Inclusion is not a new concept for us. It has been in our DNA since the firm was founded more than 50 years ago. At GT, we DRIVE equal opportunity in virtually all aspects of our operations and practice. That includes race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age—and all the other areas of difference we embrace. Select recent recognition includes:


  • Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative, Chambers USA Women in Law Awards, 2018 
  • Most African American and Hispanic American partners, and Hispanic American attorneys; and No. 7, Number of Minority attorneys; and No. 10, number of Asian American partners, Diversity Scorecard, Am Law, 2018
  • Fifth, Top Firms for Minority Equity Partners Overall, 600+ Attorney Category, Diversity Snapshot, Law360, 2018 
  • Score of 100% on Corporate Equality Index, HRC Foundation, 2017-2018


We leverage our platform to serve our communities, maximizing the impact of our Pro Bono efforts. Providing volunteer legal services to the underserved and to the many organizations dedicated to assisting them is at our core. Whenever possible, we collaborate with clients to maximize the impact of our efforts. Recognized as one of the most philanthropic law firms, community involvement is a staple of doing things the Greenberg Traurig way.



ARENT FOX: Firm Snapshot |


Arent Fox LLP, founded in 1942, is internationally recognized in core practice areas where business and government intersect. As a result of guiding principles centered on first-rate legal work and exceptional service, the firm has earned its reputation for providing clients with the counsel they need to meet critical challenges in their “world.” Complex problems require interdisciplinary solutions and should be approached with a practical perspective and managed with maximum efficiency. With more than 450 lawyers and offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, DC, Arent Fox provides strategic legal counsel to clients that range from Fortune 500 corporations and start-ups, to trade associations and foreign governments. Our practice breadth, geographical reach, and industry knowledge combine to provide clients with business-oriented legal advice designed to ensure they achieve their commercial goals. Through decades of service, our attorneys have understood that hard work and talent are just a starting point for being considered a premier law firm, a distinction that Arent Fox has earned from The American LawyerChambers USA, and Legal 500. As one of the most diverse general practice law firms in the country, Arent Fox has roots in government service, a focus on legal excellence, and a commitment to the administration of justice stretching back 75 years. Our lawyers have consistently distinguished themselves as leaders in pro bono representation, while many continue to play prominent roles in public service. Arent Fox is proud of its reputation for understanding our clients’ business, their industry, and their world.




ORRICK: Firm Snapshot |


Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors from over 25 markets worldwide. We’re passionate about helping tech companies at all stages. Our clients include 2,700+ tech companies, 2,200+ start-ups, and 20% of U.S. unicorns. In 2018, we helped companies raise $14 billion in venture capital financing, argued before the Supreme Court in a historic data privacy case, scored back-to-back wins for tech titans in major gender discrimination cases, and helped clients across all sectors focus on tech transformation. We have destination practices in cyber and privacy law, autonomous vehicles and blockchain. For our impact on the tech sector, Law360 named us Technology Group of the Year in 2018. 


We’re all about being the best law firm to work for. That means we give our associates the opportunity to chart their own course from day one. We offer early responsibility, the chance to work on small, diverse teams, and world-class training. Our agile working options allow flexibility in how our associates work, and we offer the chance to make a social impact. Fortune named us one of its 100 Best Companies to Work for in 2018 for the third year in a row, and we rank top 5 for job satisfaction in The American Lawyer’s 2018 associate survey.


A big part of being a best place to work is being a diverse and inclusive firm. In 2018, 88% of our summer associates and 65% of our U.S. first years were women, lawyers of color or LGBTQ. Thirty-five percent of our senior leadership is women, people of color or LGBTQ. We promote our diverse talent through Perspectivas, a publication featuring the successes of our diverse talent, and we hold annual Attorneys of Color Retreats and In-House Counsel Forum, where we connect clients with diverse lawyers. These efforts are recognized in the market. Vault ranked us top 10 in all five diversity categories in 2018. We are the only firm to rank on all four leading measures of the best firms for women from Yale Law Women, Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, and WILEF. We’ve also earned a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ equality for 13 years.


We innovate in everything we do. In 2018, Financial Times selected Orrick as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America for a remarkable third year in a row.


Miles & Stockbridge: Firm Snapshot |


Miles & Stockbridge is a leading AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Our more than 230 lawyers help global, national, local and emerging business clients preserve and create value by helping them solve their most challenging problems. A more robust assemblage of our service areas can be found on our website

At Miles & Stockbridge, unrivaled service is a baseline, not a goal. Our core values—excellence, integrity, respect, compassion, diversity and teamwork—exist not as abstract initiatives, but a way of life. In terms of the core value of diversity, specifically, our firm strives every day to recruit and elevate individuals from diverse communities, and assist them in their professional and leadership development, including placement on key client and industry teams and on internal firm committees. Diverse colleagues with viewpoints informed by significantly different perspectives are essential to solving our clients’ legal challenges in today’s ever-changing business environment. Similarly, decisions made by Miles & Stockbridge leaders with diverse backgrounds and outlooks lead to richer and better results, benefiting both the communities in which we do business and our firm. Our efforts focus on maintaining a fully connected, accepting, tolerant and inclusive community for all colleagues.

Among its many recognitions in the realm of diversity, Miles & Stockbridge was in 2016 named the #2 firm nationally inLaw360’s “Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys” list. The firm was recognized for its strong representation by black lawyers, including principals. Also in that year, the firm was honored as the “Most Inclusive Law Firm for Minority Business” by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association. Since 2005, the firm has consistently been ranked among the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity by The American Lawyer’s MultiCultural Law Magazine, the magazine for diversity in the legal profession.

In an industry built on precedent, we pride ourselves on our ability to look ahead, innovate and provide creative solutions that proactively help our clients navigate the shifting legal and regulatory landscapes of the world. Our full-service bench brings to the table a wealth of legal acumen second to none, which affords us the flexibility to tailor our insight to the universal range of clients—big and small, new and established, the leaders of today and those of tomorrow—in need of sophisticated, top-level legal advice and representation. 


Perkins & Coie: Firm Snapshot |


Our Mission

Diversity is a long-standing core value and also one of the firm’s strategic goals. Embracing diversity allows us to draw from varied perspectives and communities, enabling us to attract the very best talent to our ranks, and in turn provide excellent service to our clients. Perkins Coie is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion both within the firm and throughout our collective communities and will continue to support and participate in efforts to make the legal profession more diverse and inclusive.



Engaging firm leadership in proactive diversity initiatives

Investing in the diversity pipeline

Developing programs to address internal and external priorities

Measuring and monitoring our progress and success



Perkins Coie has been recognized for excellence in the legal industry and is frequently honored for its commitment to fostering a culture where all employees have the opportunity to grow and thrive.  A few recent recognitions include:


·        Named one of FORTUNE 100 Best Companies To Work For® the 16th consecutive year, and also named amongFORTUNE’s “100 Best Workplaces for Women” and “30 Best Workplaces for Consulting & Professional Services.”

·        Named one of the “Best Law Firms for Women” seven times by Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers LLC.

·        Received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, ten years in a row.

·        Named one of the top three achieving law firms in Microsoft’s FY16 Law Firm Diversity Program.

·        Received the T-Mobile 2017 Diversity Excellence Award.

Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to our clients’ success. With more than 1,000 lawyers in offices across the United States and in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, we provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation, intellectual property and regulatory legal advice to a broad range of clients, including many of the world’s most innovative companies and industry leaders as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.


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