Black Law Students Association to host featured speaker in honor of Black History Month
Jacqueline O’Bryant, diversity and inclusion manager for Fortune 300 global company AutoZone, will speak about the intersectionality between race, criminal law and constitutional law on Monday, Feb. 26, as part of Black History Month. Hosted by Dickinson Law’s Black Law Students Association, her talk will take place at 12:15 p.m. in Lewis Katz Hall, room 114, Carlisle.
O’Bryant joined AutoZone as its first diversity and inclusion manager in 2017. In this role, she partners with corporate leadership, human resources, and other key stakeholders to develop, drive and support strategies that attract, retain and develop diverse talent across the organization.
Prior to joining AutoZone, O’Bryant led diversity initiatives at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law as diversity coordinator and director of the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law. During her tenure, the Law School saw historic increases in diversity and received several awards and recognitions, including the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which was received by only five law schools in the country. As a result of her achievements in diversity, O’Bryant was the recipient of the President’s Award from the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association.
O’Bryant served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the 6th Judicial District of Arkansas where she handled thousands of cases, including violent misdemeanors and felonies, before joining the Law School. She also served as in-house counsel for Alltel Communications in Little Rock, Arkansas where she managed breach of contract litigation.
A native of Madison, Mississippi, O’Bryant earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law. She graduated with high honors from Alcorn State University in Alcorn, Mississippi.