Guest Post By Liz Novak: Opportunities for Dialogue…


According to the Oxford Dictionary, two definitions of the word “Dialogue” are:

Noun: “A discussion between two or more people or groups, esp. one directed toward exploration of a particular subject or resolution of a problem.”

Verb: “To take part in a conversation or discussion to resolve a problem.”

Spring for the MCBA is a busy season – from CLEs to events to membership renewals and more – and 2014 is no exception. In the midst of our regular “busy-ness”, we also have added two opportunities for dialogue about bigger issues that are happening at a national level.

Voting Rights
As part of the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism and this year’s ABA Law Day theme (American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters), the MCBA, with the Rochester Black Bar Association and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, is hosting a forum on Thursday, April 24 at 12:15 p.m. called: “Voters’ Rights – Past and Present”.

Moderated by MCBA President Diane Cecero, the forum will include speakers Mark Sample, MCC History Professor, and Scott Forsyth, Forsyth & Forsyth Law Firm. It also will include a Q&A panel: Hon. Karen Morris, Fatimat Reid, RBBA President, and Melanie Wolk, GRAWA President.

We’re offering it at no charge thanks to sponsor Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. Click here to register for it.

Income Inequality
Another opportunity for dialogue will be on Friday, May 16 at noon with the Speakers Forum: “Income Inequality: Fact or Fiction. If Fact, What, If Anything, Can We Do About It?”

Moderated by Michael Wolford, the forum will feature: David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Author of “Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality”; Professor Clifford Smith, Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Finance and Economics, Simon School of Business/University of Rochester; William R. Nojay J.D., New York State Assemblyman, Assembly District 133, Elaine G. Spaull, Ph.D., J.D., Rochester City Councilmember and Executive Director, The Center for Youth. To register for it, please click here.

Both of these events are a part of a larger discussion. I suspect as legal professionals you see first hand how these issues can affect clients in a variety of ways. We invite all of you to come be part of the dialogue for going forward.

Thanks for checking in…


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