The Dallas Bar Association’s Diversity Summit will promote diversity and inclusion in the Dallas community on Friday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas 75201.

The legal community, students, and public are invited to attend to give input and suggestions on how to increase diversity across all professions and how to implement programs in their communities.

“The summit will bring together great minds with long-standing careers who have seen the American justice system evolve alongside young minds who deal with today’s social media, perceptions, and techno-society to generate ideas on how we can improve our institutions and our daily lives,” said Diversity Summit Chair Rhonda Hunter. “Talking about our faults and deciding what we can do to overcome them can lead our diverse city to be an exemplary beacon of light for the country. The Diversity Summit will provide an atmosphere of encouragement for each of us to be agents of change for an improved world.”

Speakers include:

• Elizabeth Alvarez, of the Law Office of Elizabeth Alvarez
• Nnamdi Anozie, of White, Wiggins & Barnes
• Dennis W. Archers, of Dickinson Wright, and former American Bar Association president
• Marilyn F. Booker, of Morgan Stanley
• Brittany Barnett-Byrd, of the Buried Alive Project
• Liz Cedillo-Pereira, of the city of Dallas
• CeCe Cox, of the Resource Center
• Lacy Durham, of Deloitte Tax
• Hilda C. Galvan, of Jones Day
• Rhonda Hunter, of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office (Juvenile Division), and past DBA president
• Michael K. Hurst, of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, and DBA president
• Regina Montoya, of JMC Strategy Group
• Hon. Tonya Parker, of the 116th District Court
• Sheron C. Patterson, of the Hamilton Park United Methodist Church
• Sandra Phillips Rogers, of Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
• Garcia Sanford, of the Momentous Institute
• Julia A. Simon, of Mary Kay Inc.

“Taking on the critical issues of diversity and inclusion both in our profession and the broader community through this transformative Diversity Summit is paramount during my presidency,” said DBA President Michael K. Hurst. “As the DBA, we need to be loud and proud that we are leaders in these efforts and demonstrate that diversity does not take place without the inclusion of all people regardless of race, gender, color, religion, ethnicity, and orientation. We will discuss and celebrate both our differences and our commonality on September 21 and continue exponentially thereafter.”

Registration is free. For more information, go to