The W. Harold Flowers Law Society will host famed “Giant Killer” attorney, trial litigator and philanthropist William E. Gary at its upcoming 2021 Civil Rights Symposium on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, that honors the legacy of Little Rock civil rights icon, legislator and attorney John W. Walker.
The annual event by Arkansas’ largest professional association for African American lawyers and legal professionals will kick off with a “Meet and Greet” event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2021, at The 1836 Club, 1406 Cantrell Road in Little Rock. The symposium, entitled “Giants in the Courtroom: The Litigator,” will follow the next day on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. It will be held at the William H. Bowen School of Law, 1201 McMath Ave., in Little Rock.
The symposium will give attendees the option of participating in online or in-person seminars, beginning with a session by Mr. Gary on “Trial Skills, Preparing to Win.” Gary, whose namesake law firm is based in Stuart, Fla., earned his reputation and famous nickname by taking down some of America’s most well- known corporate giants on behalf of his clients. He also won some of the largest jury awards and settlements in U.S. history, including cases valued at more than $30 billion that earned him national recognition as one of the country’s leading trial attorneys.
Other scheduled events and seminars during the W. Harold Flowers Law Society 2021 Civil Rights Symposium will include:
● Trial Skills: Preparation of a Case, 1 – 2 p.m. – Instructors are Mr. Gary, Attorney Ricky Hicks of The Hicks Law Firm and Attorney Richard Mays, Sr. Attorney Tiffany Mays O’ Guinn of Mays, Byrd & Associates P.A., in Little Rock will moderate.
● Legacy of John W. Walker Award, 2:15 p.m. – Attorney Gene E. McKissic, Sr.
● The State of Civil Rights, 3:30 p.m. – Attorney Austin Porter of Little Rock will provide an update on the state of civil rights in Arkansas, including issues that were important to Mr. Walker such as education, judicial reform, and voting rights. Porter will also provide a response to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s opinion that teaching critical race theory (CRT) in Arkansas violates Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the “Equal Protection” clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Those interested in attending the John W. Walker Symposium, click on the following link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A8WOJoiYRXKB8VtLcIGJWQ.
The Honorable Judge J. Leon Johnson and Pulaski County Clerk ,Terri Hollingsworth administer the Oath of Office to President Fletcher. Terri Hollingsworth is the first black person elected as the Circuit and County Clerk of Pulaski County, Arkansas.