31st Annual Conference of the Professions

Responding to Racial Conflict Responsibilities of the Professions

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Friday, May 26, 2017

8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

T. Boone Pickens Conference Center

2222 Welborn St, Dallas, TX 75219

31st Annual Conference of the ProfessionsOur Keynote Speaker

Brian H. Williams, M.D.

Trauma Surgeon and Associate Surgery Professor, UT Southwestern

Brian H. Williams, M.D., is an associate professor of Surgery in the Division of Burn/Trauma/Critical Care at UT Southwestern. After graduating with military honors from the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Williams was served six years of active duty as an aeronautical engineer.

He earned his medical degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency and a trauma research fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He then completed fellowships in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at Emory University School of Medicine/Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Williams joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010. Among his many leadership roles and areas of involvement on campus, he is Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program. Dr. Williams was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2006 and continues to serve as an admissions liaison officer for the Academy. He is a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the National Medical Association, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, among others. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Williams found himself unexpectedly in the spotlight on the night of July 7, 2016, when 12 Dallas police officers and two civilians were shot following a peaceful protest by members of the Black Lives Matter movement. He was the lead surgeon on call when Parkland’s trauma team was called upon to care for several of those victims.

This activity was approved for 2.5 CLE Accredited Ethics Credits, .4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for religious professionals, and 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).

Panel Discussion

Betsy Julian, J.D., Founder/Senior Counsel of the Inclusive Communities Project

Michael Waters, D. Min., Founding Pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church

Brian Williams, M.D., Trauma Surgeon and Associate Surgery Professor, UT Southwestern

The panel was moderated by Dallas County Judge, the Honorable Clay Jenkins, J.D.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by Dallas Mayor Michael S. Rawlings


Dallas Bar Association
Dallas County Medical Society
Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility
UT Southwestern Medical Center
SMU Dedman School of Law
SMU Perkins School of Theology

About the Conference

The Conference of the Professions brings together members of law, medicine, and theology in the Dallas area to discuss common challenges—ethical and otherwise—facing these professions. The conference is a joint effort and collaboration between the Dallas County Medical Society, Dallas Bar Association, SMU Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility, SMU Dedman School of Law, SMU Perkins School of Theology and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Past Conferences

Supersizing the Professions: Ethical Issues Facing Mega-Churches, Law Firms and Medical Practices - 04/17/2015
Agony and Ecstasy: How Your Emotions Affect Practice - 05/09/2014
Shortcuts and High Roads: Everyday Morality and the Professions - 04/26/2013
Professional Ethics and Social Media: Like? - 10/14/2011
A Lawyer, a Priest, and a Doctor walk into a bar... The Ethics of Humor in the Professions - 10/14/2010
Generational Expectations and the Professions - 02/17/2009
What in God's Name Am I Doing? - 02/11/2008
Preparing for Disaster: Fire, Flood, and the Flu - 03/30/2007
Apology and the Professions - 03/01/2006
Healthcare for the Uninsured - 10/06/2004
Sexual Misconduct Within the Professions: Restoring Public Trust - 11/13/2003
Information Privacy and the Professions - 10/17/2002
Honor Thy Children? The Challenge of a Child-Centered Practice - 11/15/2001
Technology and the Environment: Promise of Benefits, Risks of Harm - 10/19/2000
Engineering of Human Tissue - 10/01/1999
Challenges to Diversity in the Professions - 10/22/1998
Death and Dying - 10/27/1997
Politics and the Professions - 11/21/1996
The Human Genome - 10/17/1995
The Professions and Violence in the Family - 10/25/1994
Money and the Professions - 10/28/1993
Chemical Dependency - The Professional's Responsibility to Each Other and to the Community - 03/14/1992
The Role of the Professional in the Community - 03/27/1991
Women and Men in the Professions: A Question of Balance in the 21st Century - 1990
The Socialization of the Professional and Mid-Career Burnout - 1989
AIDS, The Emerging Crisis - 01/20/1988
Self Regulation for the Professions - 12/09/1986
The Meaning of Professional Responsibility Today - 10/24/1985
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