Lewis Brisbois Celebrates Black History Month

(February 2022) - Throughout February, Lewis Brisbois will be sharing the thoughts and reflections of our Black colleagues on the importance of mentorship and honoring this month. We begin with an opening message from Partners and Co-Chairs of Lewis Brisbois' Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Karen L. Campbell and Alexis G. Crump. Learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion at Lewis Brisbois here.

We begin our Black History Month spotlight series with a contribution from Las Vegas Paralegal Candace Mays, who describes mentorship as the "great equalizer" that has allowed her to succeed in attending law school while working as a paralegal. She expresses gratitude for her mentors at the University of Las Vegas' William S. Boyd School of Law and at Lewis Brisbois for providing her with invaluable support and essential tools as she prepares to practice law. Candace will be receiving her law degree from Boyd School of Law this December.

At Boyd Law, Candace is involved as a student attorney at the law school’s Thomas & Mack Legal Clinic, a junior editor on the Nevada Law Review Journal, and teaches record sealing classes through the school’s community service program. She is also a fellow for the Legal Writing Program, and has served as a member of the research staff of the ACLU Nevada.

Learn more about Candace's professional background here.

The next contribution in our Black History Month spotlight series comes from Los Angeles Associate Lola Adabale, who acknowledges the sacrifices and tenacity of her Nigerian parents – her first mentors. She explains that all her mentors have contributed immeasurably to her development, and that Black mentorship in particular provides important validation.

Lola is a member of Lewis Brisbois' Products Liability and Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation Practices. A recent graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, she is admitted to practice in federal and district court in California.

Learn more about Lola's professional background here.

As our Black History Month spotlight series continues, we hear from New York Partner Alecia Walters-Hinds, who reflects upon how mentorship has positively impacted her personal and professional growth. Noting that “diversity is what makes America great,” Alecia acknowledges the many mentors of varied races and backgrounds who have helped guide her to success. 

Alecia is a vice-chair of Lewis Brisbois' General Liability Practice and the immediate past president of the New York City Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Specializing in catastrophic, high exposure, and often quite sympathetic and sensitive matters, Aleicia has tried over 100 cases, achieving numerous favorable verdicts on behalf of her clients.

Learn more about Alecia’s professional background here.

The next contribution in our Black History Month spotlight series comes from Madison County Associate Jarred Reed, who discusses how he and his fellow members of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Tennessee College of Law promoted Black excellence in the legal profession. He also describes his desire to mentor younger members of his family who have decided to attend law school. 

Jarred is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Products Liability and Toxic Tort Practices. He has extensive experience in the insurance defense arena, regularly handling a variety of matters and engaging in motion practice and oral argument.

Learn more about Jarred’s professional background here.

Our most recent contribution comes from Los Angeles Partner Tricia Pride, who explains that mentoring is a “labor of love” that allows her to pay it forward and invest in the talent of the future. In honor of Black History Month, she challenges everyone to be a mentor, noting that her own journey would not have been possible without the “generous mentors” in her life.

Tricia is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association and was named to the National Black Lawyers Top 100 list in 2019 and 2020. Leveraging more than 15 years of experience, she primarily handles workplace injury disputes, including 132(a) discrimination, and serious and willful claims.

Learn more about Tricia's professional background here.

Next up in our Black History Month spotlight series is Raleigh Associate Leonard Champaign, who observes that the need to celebrate this month is more apparent now than ever before. Noting that the impact of mentorship upon young Black attorneys “cannot be overstated,” Leonard emphasizes the importance of educating younger generations regarding the Black people who helped build our nation.

Leonard is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ General Liability Practice. A former prosecutor, he has extensive experience in handling jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, expert depositions, and motion practice.

Learn more about Leonard’s professional background here.

A Closing Message from our Diversity & Inclusion Committee

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