United States: Kilpatrick Townsend Plays Key Role At National Bar Association's 88th Annual Convention
Last Updated: September 18 2013

ATLANTA (August 8) –  The National Bar Association's (NBA) 88th Annual Convention was recently held in Miami, Florida, July 27-August 1, 2013.  Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association is the oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges in the United States.  More than a thousand in-house and law firm attorneys attended this year's convention, at which Kilpatrick Townsend was prominently acknowledged as a Bronze Sponsor. Partners Kandace Watson and Ty Lord (Kilpatrick Townsend Diversity Council Co-Chair) represented the firm.  For the second consecutive year, Ms. Lord helped plan the trademark and copyright seminar hosted by the IP section of the NBA.

The firm was also the Title Sponsor for the Corporate Leadership Forum ("CLF"), which was formed by the NBA five years ago to attract more in-house and "Big Law" lawyers to the organization and the annual convention.   For a full day during the NBA Annual Convention, registrants of the CLF attended seminars focused on business and professional development.  As the Title Sponsor for this year's CLF, the firm had top billing and Ms.Watson took center stage leading a panel titled "Real Talk with Women General Counsels:  What I did Differently to Make it to the Top."  

Ms. Watson's thoughtful and pointed questions guided the panel through a dynamic discussion that addressed the substantive and soft skills necessary to succeed in corporations and law firms, neutralizing the impact of gender and racial bias on the road to success and recovering from missteps along the way.   The panelist included Alfreda Bradley-Coar, General Counsel, GE Healthcare-U.S. & Canada; Donna Coaxum, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, OSI Group LLC; Whitney Head, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Asset Protection, Sam's Club; Teresa Sebastian, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Darden Restaurants; and Shawn White, General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, City National Bank of New Jersey.

The 89th Annual Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

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