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Words Matter: America’s Reckoning With Race Through the United States Supreme Court

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  • Description

    The history of race in America is long and complicated. This CLE course will present America’s history of race through the lens of the United States Supreme Court. The purpose of the course will be to evaluate how America has come to this moment in time of reckoning with regards to race as well as the many racial buzz words and we, as a nation, can move toward reconciliation.

  • Instructor Bio

    Brooklyn Sawyers Belk

    Brooklyn Sawyers Belk is a partner at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn and Dial where she is the Special Matters and Investigations practice chair and has an employment, family, and healthcare law practice. With licenses in Tennessee and Georgia, Brooklyn is a trial attorney with experience litigating cases in state and federal court with cases resulting in oral arguments before, and published opinions by, the United States Courts of Appeal. Additionally, she is the firm’s first Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She is the third ever Advocate in Residence Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the University of Tennessee College of Law where she has taught Trial Practice for many years, and has created a course titled, Race and the United States Supreme Court that examines the question of race through landmark legal decisions.

    Previously, Brooklyn had a career with the United States government serving in various Department of Justice offices and the Social Security Administration. She has a vast history of volunteerism, including as a college trustee, with community organizations and mock trial teams, and on boards. She has a national platform as a sought-after speaker, conference presenter, media commentator, trainer, writer, and mentor; and, advances the importance of diversity and inclusion, racial reconciliation, and her own brand of helping others on their journey to becoming their best selves.

    A native of Southwest Virginia, Brooklyn received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law, M.A. from East Tennessee State University, and B.A. from Emory & Henry College. Brooklyn is most proud of her husband, Lamont Belk, who is an attorney manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority, professor, and former federal prosecutor; their daughter, Tress, who is a college sophomore at the University of Tennessee, and campus leader; and two sons, Joseph and Joshua, who are all-boy.