The University of Houston Law Center and SMU Dedman School of Law will host a virtual conference from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 30 titled “Black Lawyers Matter: Strategies to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion.”

The keynote speaker for the event will be David B. Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, vice dean for global initiatives in the legal profession, and faculty director of the Center on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry.

Topics to be discussed during the conference include ways to increase the number of Black students applying for law school; how to support historically Black law schools; and how to increase hiring, retention, and success of Black attorneys in the legal profession.

The opening speaker of the conference will be Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

Registration for the event is currently open. For information on the current schedule and list of speakers, go to law.uh.edu/blmc/agenda.asp.

Conference co-sponsors are Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; the American Bar Association; the Association of American Law Schools; the Austin Bar Association; the Dallas Bar Association; Dentons; the Houston Bar Association; the Houston Young Lawyers Association; Baker Botts; Baylor Law School; Beck | Redden; Blank Rome; Bracewell; Haynes Boone; Hunton Andrews Kurth; the Law School Admission Council; the Tarrant County Bar Association; Texas A&M University School of Law; UNT Dallas College of Law; South Texas College of Law Houston; St. Mary’s University School of Law; Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law; McDowell Hetherington; the San Antonio Bar Association; the University of Texas School of Law; the Asian American Bar Association of Houston; Winstead; J.L. Turner Legal Association; Texas Tech University School of Law; the Middle Eastern Bar Association of Texas; the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers; Norton Rose Fulbright; and Vinson Elkins.