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Black Law Student Association hosts 12th annual Diversity Forum

Apr 7, 2011

The Ohio Northern University Black Law Student Association’s 12th annual Diversity Forum will be held in the ONU Pettit College of Law Moot Court Room on Wednesday, April 20, at 11 a.m.

The forum, with the theme of “Being a Rainmaker Determines your Fate, so make it Rain or Clear it Out,” will feature Alvin E. Mathews Jr., a 1987 ONU law graduate and a member of Bricker & Eckler’s litigation group, and Sheria Holmes, a 2009 ONU law graduate and a contract attorney at Memphis Area Legal Services.

As a former assistant disciplinary counsel, Mathews now uses his professional responsibility experience to help lawyers avoid ethical risks in their practices through preventative advisory options, grievance investigations and formal disciplinary proceedings. Throughout his career, he has evaluated and defended hundreds of ethical grievances filed against lawyers by their clients, has litigated more than 80 lawyer discipline matters, and argued more than 20 lawyer discipline cases in the Ohio Supreme Court.

While studying law at Ohio Northern, Holmes served as secretary to the Black Law Student Association, the third-year representative on the Student Bar Association, and an associate editor for the Mid West Black Law Student Journal. Since then, she has spent her law career focusing on administrative law at Memphis Area Legal Services as well as probate and family law. She is a member of the William Howard Taft American Inn of Court and the CLE chair elect for the Memphis Bar Association.

The event is free and open to the public.