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Legal diversity leader to speak at IU McKinney

April 10, 2018

Robert Grey, Jr., president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and retired senior counsel at the Richmond, Virginia-based Hunton & Williams law firm, will deliver the James P. White Lecture on Legal Education at IU McKinney later this month.

Grey was an assistant professor from 1978 to 1981 at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received his undergraduate education. He also started his own law firm, Grey & Wesley, during this time.

He was appointed by to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in 1982 by then-Gov. Chuck Robb. He became chair of the board in 1983 and served another two years.

He joined the law firm of Mays Valentine Davenport & Moore in 1985. The firm later became Troutman Sanders. After working at other firms, he joined Hunton & Williams in 2002.

Grey served as chair of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 1998 to 2002, making him their first African-American officer. He was elected president of the ABA in 2004, the second African-American to hold the position.

Grey served on the board of the Legal Services Corporation after being appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009.

Grey was elected to his post at LCLD in 2012. The organization consists of more than 285 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a diverse legal profession.

Grey’s previous community service includes the chair of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, membership on the board of visitors of Virginia Tech University, the board of trustees at Washington and Lee University, and the board of visitors at St. Catherine’s School. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. April 18 in the Inlow Hall Wynne Courtroom, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. A reception will follow in the law school's atrium. This event is free and open to the public, and 1.0 hour of continuing legal education credit is available, pending approval, with a required registration.

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