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A Symposium Presented by Professor Demetria Frank, the visiting Herff Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis School of Law

February 3, 2023


PLEASE NOTE: Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our traveling speakers, the Herff Symposium is now FULLY VIRTUAL due to wintery weather in Memphis and cities with connecting flights. 

The 2023 Herff Chair of Excellence Symposium will be a virtual/hybrid event at the University of Memphis School of Law, centering education on "bias, cultural competency, and racism" in law schools as required by the American Bar Association's new standard 303(c).

Discussions will focus on how programs will meet 303(c)'s requirement, the challenges law schools might encounter implementing the standard, the attacks on critical race theory, and more. 

Virtual registrants can attend via Zoom with the following link: https://memphis.zoom.us/j/86327986850 


To download a PDF or printable copy of the days' agenda, please CLICK HERE

Panel A (9:30 - 10:50 a.m.)

Implementing Standard 303(c)

This panel will explore how law programs plan to comply with ABA Standard 303(c).  The panel will also discuss how to set 303 outcomes and objectives and seek suggestions from panelists on how to assess lawyer cultural proficiency.   

Moderator: Demetria Frank - Visiting Herff Chair of Excellence, University of Memphis Cecil C. School of Law


  • Anastasia Boles - Professor of Law & Co-Director, Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform; University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Brant Lee - Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Social Justice Initiatives, University of Akron School of Law
  • Teri A. McMurty-Chubb - Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development & Professor of Law, University of Illinois Chicago Law School
  • Phyllis Taite – Professor, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Panel B (11:00 – 12:20 a.m.)

Bias & Cultural Competence Teaching Challenges

This panel will discuss challenges to implementing Standard 303(c) including “divisive concept” Bills (the attack on critical race theory), diversity in the legal academy, political climate, and COVID-19.

Moderator: Shavonne Henderson – Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging and Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin School of Law


  • Lydia Contreras – Professor, Vice-Provost for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jacqueline O'Bryant - Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Matthew Murrell – Lecturer, University of Texas School of Law, Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing, & Appellate Advocacy
  • Terrence Reed – Managing Director of Employment Litigation at FedEx Express; Adjunct Professor at University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Panel C (1:00 – 2:20 p.m.)

Critical Race Theory in Divisive Times

As a follow-up to the 2022 Herff Symposium, this panel will bring scholars back to engage in a discussion about their work since last year’s symposium in their respective fields and probe whether there are new challenges to CRT on the horizon.  

The panel will explore how teaching CRT in law schools (and more broadly) has been impacted and how legal scholars and lawyers should address CRT challenges when there are now clear professional obligations to explore CRT-related topics in law schools.

Moderator: Darrell Jackson – 2022 Visiting Herff Chair of Excellence, Associate Professor at University of Wyoming College of Law


  • Atiba Ellis – Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Areto Imoukhuede – Professor of Law, FAMU College of Law
  • Jamila Jefferson – Earl B. Shurtz Research Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, University of Kansas School of Law 
  • Christian Powell Sundquist – Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Virtual registrants may attend via Zoom with the following link: https://memphis.zoom.us/j/86327986850 


Each of the listed hotels are within walking distance to the law school.  The first three hotels are all immediately next to one another and about one block from the law school.  Staying at any of the first three will put you near the law school and likely near other conference attendees.

  • Moxy (Marriott): Location is close to the law school, about 2-3 blocks. Book the “larger” room if you stay here. $160-$200 per night.
  • Courtyard Marriott: This is close to the law school; about 1 block away. $150-200 per night.  
  • Springhill Suites (Marriott): Close to the law school. If you want a larger room on a small budget, this is the way to go. $125-$150 per night.
  • Residence Inn (Marriott): A little further from the law school (but still within walking distance) at only about 4 short blocks. Rooms are nice and hotel has a historic vibe. $160-$200 per night.
  • Hotel Napoleon: Newer boutique hotel about 4 blocks away from the law school. $160-200 per night.