The African-American Affinity Group (3AG), an extension of our diversity initiative at Bass, Berry & Sims, was formed to serve as a forum for African-American attorneys at the firm to exchange ideas and information relevant to their unique experiences as minority attorneys. The primary goals of the group are to mentor African-American attorneys and to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for personal and professional development within the firm.
The African-American Affinity Group and its membership actively participate in a number of programs, activities, sponsorships, organizations, and community service that benefit the African-American community.
Programs and Activities
- For several years, 3AG has organized and hosted a Salute to African-American Executives and Emerging Leaders luncheon to honor African-American executives and leaders in Nashville and surrounding communities. Dynamic keynote speakers have included: Teresa M. Sebastian (2012), senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with Darden Restaurants; John Lewis, Jr. (2011), senior managing counsel - litigation with The Coca-Cola Company; Jamal Simmons (2010), a well-known political analyst and frequent television commentator; and Teri Plummer McClure (2008), senior vice president and general counsel for UPS. As part of the Salute event, the firm donates a total of $5,000 to two Fisk University students who want to pursue a legal career.
- In 2013, the firm sponsored the welcome reception for the Southern Region Black Law Students Association convention that was held in Nashville in January. Several of our attorneys participated as judges of the Mock Trial and Moot Court competitions, and one of our members served as a panelist at the conference.
- In 2013, the firm hosted a reception to welcome new Fisk University President Dr. H. James Williams to Nashville. The event was attended by community leaders and Fisk University Trustees.
- In 2012 and 2011, 3AG partnered with the Napier Looby Bar Association to host middle school students at our firm. As part of a mini camp, students met with attorneys and participated in a mock trial.
- The firm regularly sponsors a table at the Napier Looby Foundation banquet in Nashville and the Julian Blackshear Scholarship Gala held annually at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
- 3AG sponsors the Tennessee Alliance for the Black Lawyers Convention annually.
- 3AG assists the firm with incorporating events of interest to African-American summer associates within its summer program, including: concerts, art exhibits, comedy shows, and other entertainment opportunities.