February 22, 2018 (New York) – Proskauer was honored to host its annual celebration of Black History Month with a thought-provoking Q&A featuring award-winning lawyer and writer Carolyn Edgar. Moderated by associate Ashley Ferguson, the event included a reading from Ms. Edgar’s essay Catching Hands: African Americans and Everyday Rebellions, which is featured in the recently published essay collection, The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.
As a former vice president and legal counsel at The Estee Lauder Companies and partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Ms. Edgar’s writing draws on her experiences as an African American woman in the corporate world in order to examine the enduring legacy of slavery and racism in the United States today.
Proskauer’s Black Lawyer Affinity Group hosted the event with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. The Black Lawyer Affinity Group provides a forum for members to share ideas and experiences in addition to holding events based on themes and topics of interest and celebrating the richness of backgrounds and perspectives that distinguish the group. Associates Krista Whitaker and Sean Spence serve as co-chairs of the group.