Diversity & Inclusion

December 4, 2018

Update on Perrin’s Diversity & Inclusion Conference

On November 1, 2018, Nick Giallourakis appeared on a panel at Perrin’s Diversity & Inclusion conference to discuss the “white male perspective” in the legal industry’s diversity and inclusion efforts. FormanWatkins attorneys Nicole Diesa and Vernon McFarland also attended the conference, which brought together outside legal counsel, in-house counsel, and counsel from several major insurance companies. Nick, Nicole, and Vernon are all members of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This was the third year in a row that FormanWatkins attorneys have spoken at the conference, and FormanWatkins continues to cement its relationship with Perrin as a “go to” speaker for diversity and inclusion topics. If you would like to know more about FormanWatkins’ participation in Perrin’s Diversity & Inclusion in the Legal Industry Conference or to learn about FormanWatkins’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, please do not hesitate to contact Nick, Nicole, or Vernon.

June 29, 2018

FWK Proud Sponsor of the Bessie Young Council Summer Social at the MS Civil Rights Museum

Forman Watkins & Krutz served as a proud sponsor of the Bessie Young Council’s recent Summer Social held at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The Council’s mission is to aid the success of legal scholars by mentoring and financially supporting students with advanced life experiences who embody the pioneering spirit of Bessie Young, the first female graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law. The goal of the Bessie Young Council is to assist those nontraditional students who bring diversity, fresh perspectives, and varied life experiences to our student body through scholarships and mentorship.

April 3, 2018

Malissa Wilson Serves as Panelist for Bessie Young Council Mentoring Conference

Forman Watkins Partner Malissa Wilson was one of four panelists with diverse law practices from across the state who talked to law students and attorneys about the realities of law practice at the inaugural Bessie Young Council Mentoring Conference in March of 2018. Malissa shared pointers from a defense attorney’s perspective on a variety of topics, including making the most of support staff; billing time and deciding what it’s worth; and, daily dealings with opposite counsel and clients.

December 12, 2017

Firm Diversity & Inclusion Committee Hosts Lunch and Learn

Forman Watkins welcomed Demi Brown to speak at a recent lunch-and-learn session hosted by the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Mr. Brown is the Associate Dean of Intercultural Affairs and Community Life at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and presented on Ten Core Concepts Toward Cultural Proficiency.  The session was a continuation of the Committee’s efforts to provide in-house programming focused on navigating a diverse workplace.  Our staff enjoyed lunch with their co-workers and the interesting perspectives offered by Mr. Brown on a number of topics currently in the headlines.                  

May 28, 2015

Caroline Upchurch Serves as Featured Panelist for Annual Day of Leadership

Caroline Upchurch, served as a featured panelist at the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association 7th Annual Day of Leadership held on May 8, 2015. This year’s seminar was titled “Passing the Torch: Celebrating the Trailblazers of Today and Inspiring the Trailblazers of Tomorrow”