The Pennsylvania Bar Association held its 6th Annual Diversity Summit on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. Widener Law Harrisburg was well represented at the event, which took place from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The theme of this year’s Summit was “Diversity and Inclusion: It’s Everybody’s Business.” Adjunct Professor Leo Dunn moderated one of the four panels at the summit titled, “Opening Practice: LGBTQ Diversity Hiring Considerations.”
Third year law student Melanie Drozjock was one of the presenters on the panel. Drozjock is the two-term President of Widener Harrisburg’s OutLaw student organization
Drozjock said she was honored to be the only student speaker at the event, adding, “I addressed what I was looking for in a potential employer because I am a member of the GLBT community who is about to graduate and enter into the workforce. Several attorneys approached me to discuss some of the issues raised in my speech. That dialogue was invaluable because it showed me that employers want to become more responsive to the work place issues facing the GLBT community.”
Additionally, PBA President-elect Thomas G. Wilkinson Jr. thanked Dean Ammons
and Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus for hosting a reception for Janis M. Leftridge, the PBA’s new Diversity Officer, which was held back on October 5th
. Janis Leftridge also praised the diversity event sponsored by the school.