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Black Law Matters Podcast
49 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Black Law Matters - EP 9 with Shenique Moss & Jennifer Grieco
Director of Compliance for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and former Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, attorney Shenique Moss talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovement.org) about the experience of working in the Governor’s office during the early stages of uncertainty with the global pandemic. She also discusses the importance of diverse judicial appointments and what the American Bar Association is doing to help change the statistic that only 5% of lawyers in the United States are African-American. Shenique shares the difficulty she faced dealing with racism on the job as a young lawyer and how she believes we should truly recognize Black History Month.
58 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Black Law Matters - EP 8 with Attorney Ronda Tate Truvillion, Attorney Rita O. White & Jennifer Grieco
Attorney Ronda Tate Truvillion, Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group of Lewis & Munday, P.C., and a Past President of the Wolverine Bar Association and attorney Rita O. White, owner and manager of the Law Offices of Rita O. White, PLLC and Past President of the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan talk with Peak Law founder Jennifer M. Grieco www.peaklawmovement.org about the legacy of the Honorable Judge Karen Fort Hood who passed away on August 15, 2021. Judge Karen Fort Hood was the first African American woman elected to the Michigan Court of Appeals and the first African American woman to chair the Judicial Tenure Commission. She is remembered for her positive outlook and her professionalism as well as her passion for improving education as a means to promote equal opportunities. Attorney Truvillion also discusses the importance of the 50-year anniversary of Lewis & Munday, P.C., one of the country’s oldest law firms founded by African Americans and Attorney White shares the role of the Black Women Lawyer’s Association of Michigan in increasing and retaining lawyers of color in the profession.
75 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Black Law Matters - EP 7 with Judge Kameshia Gant & Jennnifer Grieco
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Kameshia D. Gant talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovement.org) about her experiences as a child, student and even as a lawyer, where she was made to feel different because of her race. She discusses the significance of her appointment to the Oakland County bench and the reaction of some members of the bar to her appointment. Judge Gant also explains the need for more diversity on the bench in Michigan as well as for the legal community to be more welcoming and inclusive to African-American lawyers and judges.
58 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Black Law Matters - EP6 with Judge Edward Ewell Jr & Jennifer Grieco
Wayne County Business Court Judge Edward Ewell, Jr. talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovement.org) about an encounter he had with the police as a teenager as well as his thoughts on the impact of George Floyd's murder, the Black Lives Matter protests across the country, and the Derek Chauvin trial and verdict. Judge Ewell also shares experiences that he had both as a lawyer and a judge where his colleagues treated him differently and unfairly because of his race. Judge Ewell lives by the Golden Rule - to treat others as you want to be treated - which, he believes, if followed more by members of our society could go a long way towards ending racism in this country.
65 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Black Law Matters - Ep5 with Gregory Conyers & Jennifer Grieco
Diversity Development Program Director for the State Bar of Michigan, Gregory Conyers talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovement.org) about the State Bar’s work to promote and increase diversity and inclusion. That work has changed since George Floyd’s murder, which created an outcry in the legal community and resulted in the virtual Race and Justice Forums for Michigan lawyers. Gregory and Jennifer also cover the wealth of resources, and opportunities to get involved, in the mission of equity and equality (as highlighted in the SBM’s Race and Justice Resources Page www.michbar.org/generalinfo/raceandjustice).
56 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Black Law Matters Ep4 - Angelique Strong Marks & Jennifer Grieco
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for REE Automotive Angelique Strong Marks (www.1strongsister.com) talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovement.org) about a range of social justice topics, including the importance of friends in the legal profession who believe in truth, justice and equality for all human beings and not just "allies", and the connection between recent events and the country's history of inequality, slavery, and white-skin superiority.
54 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Black Law Matters Ep3 - Judge Terrance Keith & Jennifer Grieco
Wayne County Probate Court Judge Terrance A. Keith talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovement.org) about the creation of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, an African-American bar association in Oakland County and the reasons that Black lawyers in Oakland County felt that such an organization was necessary in 1990 as well as the association's mission to have an African American judge appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court. Judge Keith also provides listeners with a passionate plea to revisit history as we consider the racism and inequality that still exists today in our society.
48 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Black Law Matters Ep2 - Zenell Brown & Jennifer Grieco
Wayne County Executive Court Administrator and Detroit Bar Association board member, Zenell Brown talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovement.org) about her new book entitled, “Coffee and Conversations, Inclusion and Belonging”, her experiences as a woman of color in the practice of law and the need for members of the profession to have conversations about diversity and inclusion every day, over coffee like we discuss the weather and sports and not just at an annual conference. Zenell also provides lawyers with suggestions for those who want to remove systemic racism from our profession and society.
53 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Black Law Matters Ep1 - Kimberley Ward & Jennifer Grieco
Business lawyer and former Straker Bar Association President, Kimberley A. Ward talks with Peak Law founder Jennifer Grieco (www.peaklawmovemnt.org) about what she has had to overcome as a woman of color to enter the practice of law as well as the racism that she has experienced since being admitted to the bar in 2016. Kimberley will also provide lawyers with concrete steps to combat systemic racism.
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