When sole practitioner Rhonda Gail Davis chaired the committee from 2006 to 2008, she said there were certain key annual events, including a reception for students of color who attended The University of Akron School of Law and support for the university's Multicultural Center.
"We did have monthly meetings but there was not as much going on as there is today," said Davis
, who represents plaintiffs in personal injury, malpractice matters and probate matters.
"It has evolved nicely."
Davis, who grew up in Bono, Arkansas, said she became a strong advocate for diversity during her years at The University of Mississippi School of Law.
"At that time it was under a federal mandate to integrate," said Davis
, who is licensed in Arkansas and Tennessee, moved to Akron in 1994 after she
left the antitrust division of the attorney general's office in Tennessee.
Although she has been a member of the Akron Bar since 94, she did not join the diversity committee until the late '90s.
"Because I was a new attorney I joined the new lawyers committee," said Davis
"I did a lot of volunteer work in the community that was focused on assisting female attorneys and promoting diversity," said Davis, a former president of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers (now Ohio Association for Justice).