The son of Haitian immigrants, Rudy is of the first generation in his family to complete higher education, graduating from not only the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts with a B.A., but also a Master in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been a tireless advocate in the community speaking and working on a host of issues ranging from teaching at-risk children, co-authoring an honor code for the University of Texas, helping forge a partnership with local law enforcement and the State Bar of Texas to address the issue of community policing, and creating Pro Bono legal advice clinics for United States Military Veterans.
Before joining Chamberlain McHaney, a premiere civil litigation law firm in Central Texas, Rudy served as Special Counsel to the Health and Human Services Commission. He has also served on several local, state, and national boards and committees including the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, Lone Star Circle of Care, Texans Soccer Club, Leadership Austin, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Austin Black Lawyers Association, and Young Catholic Professionals. Rudy has been recognized numerous times as one of the most influential young professionals in not only the Greater Austin area, but the State of Texas. His accolades include being awarded the Pflugerville ISD Community Partner of the Year, Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year, Austin Under 40 Government & Public Affairs Award Winner, and the Austin Area Research Organization McBee Fellowship.
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Paul K. Stafford is the Managing Partner of Stafford Law Firm, P.C., a majority-minority litigation boutique in Dallas focused primarily on complex commercial and business litigation, insurance coverage litigation, cyber-security matters, and intellectual property and technology litigation. He received his Bachelor of Science (Political Science) from Texas A&M University, and his J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law, and is licensed in all state and federal courts in Texas. Early in his career, Paul served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Denton and Dallas Counties, as Trial Counsel for Farmers Insurance Group, and as a Trial Attorney for Zurich North America. More recently, he has worked at two large firms, and established his own law firm for ten years. Throughout the past decade, he has been annually recognized as a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, a Texas Lawyer Go-To Lawyer, and in D-Magazine’s Best Lawyer in Dallas. Paul also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, and as a Board Member and Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law.
Paul is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of legal and societal topics - including diversity, inclusion, equality, and access. In addition, Paul has been active in the profession for years, currently serving on the State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession Committee as well as on the Council of the State Bar Insurance Section. He previously served as the President of the Dallas Bar Association (2012) and the J. L. Turner Legal Association (2002). He’s also active in the community, serving on the Board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, as well as founder of the non-profit COFFEE, Inc., focused on collaborative community progress.
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Temi Siyanbade is a leading voice and legal advisor who inspires and counsels innovative entrepreneurs and forward-thinking legal professionals to establish their businesses, protect their names, and keep their profits. As the principal attorney of her boutique Houston-based law firm, host of the ASK TEMI LIVE! Show, and Practice Success Mentor for WealthCounsel, LLC, her services focus on strategically positioning her clients' businesses for long-term success and meaningful impact.
Having taught middle school English as a Teach for America Corps Member before her legal career, Temi is passionate about life-long learning and combating socioeconomic disparities in minority communities.
Temi provides professional insights and mentorship through content creation, one-on-one programming, and speaking engagements. Learn more about Temi and her work by visiting www.toslegal.com.
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Nekketta Archie is a transplant to Houston, TX from the West Texas Panhandle, born and raised in Wellington, Texas. She attended Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, where she graduated honors with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. In pursuit of a legal education and career, Nekketta settled in Houston after graduating from college. After working as a legal secretary for seven years, Nekketta took a leap of faith in 2014 and resigned from her full-time employment to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming an attorney. Ms. Archie graduate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law and is currently an associate at Robinson Law Group, a Texas based law firm which specializes in the practice of commercial litigation, creditor's rights (collection) and bankruptcy.
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Modinat “Abby” Kotun is an associate with Reed Smith LLP in the firm's Labor and Employment Group and a registered patent attorney. Abby regularly assists clients in drafting various litigation and employment related documents, including federal and state court pleadings, severance and release agreements, and injunction orders. She also regularly defends clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Before starting her legal career, Abby worked as a process engineer, pipeline project manager, and business analyst for Chevron Corporation. Abby is a proud graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Apart from her work, Abby is a Past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and Vice President of Fundraising and Sponsorships with the Nigerian-American Multicultural Council.
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