Bloomberg Law
Jan. 13, 2021, 9:46 AM

Black Lawyers Speak: Stories of the Past, Hopes for the Future, Ep. 5 (Podcast)

Adam Allington
Adam Allington
Senior Audio Producer

In “Black Lawyers Speak: Stories of the Past, Hopes for the Future,” we have looked at how the current focus on diversity in Big Law is playing out. We have heard from key players at law firms, law schools and corporations about how diversity issues are being treated in the wake of last summer’s police shootings and protests.

In episode five, we turn our attention to the issue of diversity in the federal judiciary. We speak with former judges and legal scholars as well as advocacy groups about what role diversity should play in court appointments, and how it impacts the perception of the courts’ legitimacy by the communities they serve.

In episode five, Bloomberg Law interviews:

  • Eric H. Holder Jr., former United States Attorney General and partner at Covington & Burling LLP.
  • Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).
  • Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve School of Law.
  • Trina Jones, Jerome M. Culp Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law.
  • Catherine Smith, professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
  • Stephen Robinson, of counsel at Skadden Arps and former federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Lena Zwarensteyn, Fair Courts Campaign Director for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

“Black Lawyers Speak: Stories of the Past, Hopes for the Future,” a five-episode podcast series, is part of [Un]Common Law, Bloomberg Industry Group’s home for audio documentaries. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts:

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Listen to episode one of Black Lawyers Speak here.

--With assistance from Madison Alder

To contact the producer and host of this podcast: Adam Allington in Washington at

To reach the executive producer and executive editor responsible for this podcast, contact: Josh Block at and Lisa Helem at Additional editing was completed on episode five by Marissa Horn at