It’s been a few months since I’ve posted. We now have a brand new website and I just got back from New Orleans where we had a day reception during the Essence Fest. We screened the trailer to help raise funds for JOC. In this picture, I’m with Attorney Renee Higginbotham Brooks (pictured in the middle) who’s been a huge supporter of the film and Deidra Jackson, Executive Director of The Arts Emporium, our non-profit fiscal sponsor, is on the far right. More pics to come.
Quick recap. I’ve been working with my Editor, Edward, on the trailer. I’m used to being on “the other side” of the deal and not as the producer. It’s definitely a learning process, however, that I’m enjoying. My team (all USC MFA grads) are extremely knowledgeable and resourceful. I’m thankful to have them on board!
Jewels that Inspire Me: Attorney Terri Plummer McClure, SVP of Legal, Compliance, Audit & Public Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at UPS, speaks about the importance of using the law to make an impact and using your talents to be of service to others.
Attorney Maria Wooten, Federal Public Defender, Adjunct Professor of Law Vanderbuilt University law school and former Secretary of the American Bar Association, discusses the challenges and opportunities of African American female lawyers.
Jewels that Inspire Me: Willie Stevenson Glanton, Esq., a pioneering lawyer who has been dedicated to the law and civil rights since she was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 1953. She is the first African American female elected to the Iowa State Legislature. She is also the first woman and first African American to be elected president of the Iowa Chapter Federal Bar Association
“My journey started out with the understanding that it was not going to be a piece of cake and how right they were. I in particular wanted to be lawyer and to affect change.” -Willie Stevenson Glanton
Jewels that Inspire Me: Paulette Brown, Esq., Partner, Edwards Wildman, recipient of the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers Achievement Award, the first African American in New Jersey to win the young lawyer of the year award from the State Bar of New Jersey and former municipal court judge.
“There are so many things that I didn’t know when I graduated from law school. I don’t thnk that people should have to go through what I did.” -Paulette Brown
Jewels that Inspire Me: Judge Arnette R. Hubbard, the first female President of the National Bar Association and 2009 Recipient of the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. “There was always inspiration…saying you can do it.”-Judge Arnette R. Hubbard
Jewels of Change: Lady Lawyers Impacting the World is a documentary film inspired by the life and work of the late Attorney and Ambassador Jewel LaFontant Mankarious, a woman who was a trailblazer, a dynamic personality unafraid to traverse paths others avoid in fear. But no one knows her name, even after she reached the heights of her legal career spanning politics, government service, philanthropy and business from 1947 until 1997.
We will tell Jewel's story and show the world how her legacy lives on as modern day Jewels are making change and breaking molds using their law degrees in government, politics, on the bench, in law firms, in their communities and in the media while the world takes note. It's time for this movement of change in heels and skirts to be televised.
Even after reaching the heights of her legal career spanning politics, government service, philanthropy and business from the mid 40's to the late 90's, no one knows her name. Yet, contemporary "Jewels" are writing history and breaking molds using their law degrees to make change in government, politics, law firms, on the bench, in board rooms, in the media, internationally and in their communities while the world takes note.
Producer: Adia Z. May, Esq., MBA
Producer: Joy Ganes, Esq., MFA
Director: Jeanette McDuffie, MFA