Hon. Layn Phillips
Thursday’s Keynote Speaker was Hon.Layn R. Phillips, founder of Phillips ADR Enterprises (PADRE), is both a former United States Attorney and a former United States District Judge. Judge Phillips joined the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles in 1980 as an Assistant United States Attorney, serving as a federal prosecutor in the Central District of California for four years. During the Reagan administration, he returned to his home state of Oklahoma, where, at age 31, he was nominated to serve as a United States Attorney.
At age 34, he again was nominated by President Reagan to serve as a United States District Judge in Oklahoma City. During his tenure on the bench, he presided over more than 140 federal trials in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. He also sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, where he participated in numerous panel decisions and published multiple opinions.
Judge Phillips received both his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Tulsa. He also completed two years of an LLM program at Georgetown University Law Center in the field of antitrust and economic regulation of industry.
Friday’s Keynote Speaker was Andrew Young. Young has earned worldwide recognition as a pioneer in and champion of civil and human rights. Ambassador Young’s lifelong dedication to service is illustrated by his extensive leadership experience of over sixty-five years, serving as a member of Congress, African American U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta, and ordained minister, among other positions.
During the 1960s, Young was a key strategist and negotiator during civil rights campaigns that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Appointed as an Ambassador to the United Nations in 1977, Young negotiated an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe and brought President Carter's emphasis on human rights to international diplomacy efforts. As two-term Mayor of Atlanta, Young brought in over 1,100 businesses, over 70 billion in foreign direct investments and generated over a million jobs.
In 2012, Young retired from GoodWorks International, LLC, after well over a decade of facilitating sustainable economic development in the business sectors of the Caribbean and Africa. Young was born in 1932 in New Orleans, and he currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, Carolyn McClain. He is also a father of three daughters and one son, and a grandfather of eight.
Robert J. Grey Jr.
Robert J. Grey Jr., a senior counsel with Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, retired from the active practice of law in March 2016. Robert received his B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 and his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 1976.
From 1978 to 1981, he was an assistant professor at VCU and started his own law firm, Grey & Wesley. In 1982, he was appointed by the Governor to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. He became chair in 1983 and served until 1985, when he joined the law firm of Mays, Valentine, Davenport & Moore (later Troutman Sanders). In 1995 he went to LeClair Ryan and became affiliated with the McCammon Mediation Group Ltd. He joined Hunton & Williams in 2002. From 1998 to 2002 he served as chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates and was the first African American to be an officer of the Association. He was elected President of the ABA in 2004, the second African American to hold the position. In 2009, Mr. Grey was appointed by President Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve on the Board of the Legal Services Corporation. In 2012, Robert was elected President of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Mr. Grey’s previous community service includes the chairmanship of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and membership on the board of visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute State University, the board of trustees at W&L, and the board of visitors at St. Catherine’s School. Mr. Grey lives in Richmond.