Panelist Information

Paula T. Edgar, Esq.‘95 (Moderator)

CEO, PGE Consulting Group LLC, and Alumni Executive Board member

CEO of PGE Consulting Group LLC, a firm that provides training and education solutions at the intersection of professional development and diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Paula is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and facilitator, conducting live and virtual presentations for clients across industries.  Paula develops customized programming for all engagements and her areas of diversity expertise include unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, and allyship. Her professional development skill set includes personal branding, relationship building, and mentor/sponsor best practices. Paula encourages all participants to Engage Your Hustle™- her business tagline, mantra, and method to elevate their professional endeavors. 

Paula is active in numerous organizations, including the New York City Bar Board and past President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA). Paula is also a 2015 Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow, an Ellis L. Phillips Foundation Trustee, and she’s on the Executive Committee of the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association. 

Paula practiced law for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and her experiences also include several leadership roles focused on talent development and inclusion.

Paula has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Bloomberg Law, Essence Magazine, Shondaland, and Business Insider. 

Paula received the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Service Award from the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA), the Network Journal Magazine’s “40 Under Forty”, the  Ms. JD “Woman of Inspiration”, and the A Better Chance “Rising Star” award.

Paula received her B.A. in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton, and her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law.  Connect with Paula on paulaedgar.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter (@PaulaEdgar).

Honorable Shalanda Macon-Jaliwa Miller ‘95

Fulton County Juvenile Court, Atlanta, GA

Judge Shalanda Miller is a Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge navigating family, dependency, and delinquency matters in very delicate family circumstances.  She is the associate judge serving parents with substance abuse disorders on the family dependency treatment court which provides an alternative to the adversarial approach traditionally used in dependency cases and is designed to preserve the family through court intervention and services.  Judge Miller was integral in the effort to define court operations and procedures to prevent a disruption of court functions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  She has helped identify opportunities for efficiencies in court operations, draft policies and form orders to better serve the children and families involved with the court.  Judge Miller has also lead the effort in training and developing summer judicial interns to accelerate their learning curve and inspire them to a career of service.

Prior to joining the Fulton County Juvenile Court, Judge Miller was the Deputy Division Chief for Litigation and Claims in the City of Atlanta Department of Law. She also served as an Associate Fulton County Magistrate Judge and as a Staff Attorney in Clayton and Fulton counties.  Judge Miller started her legal career as a litigation associate at Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., a mid-sized law firm in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, Georgia.  

Prior to law school, Judge Miller was a business consultant with Ernst & Young LLP and Capgemini LLC based in the Atlanta, Georgia office.  She advised local, national and international clients on operational best practices, software automation, and customer relationship management.

Judge Miller obtained her law degree from the Emory University School of Law, where she was a member of the Emory Moot Court Society and earned a spot on the Society’s National Team.  She was also a class representative and a 1L mentor.

Judge Miller obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Mathematical Science minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead (now Morehead-Cain) Scholar, active in her sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and deeply involved in campus leadership. 

Judge Miller graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts and was the recipient of the schools highest honor, the Deerfield Cup.

Judge Miller resides in southwest Atlanta with her husband Dave, daughters Sienna and Sheridan, and dog Romeo.

Honorable Gigi Parris ‘99

Judge, Family Court, New York, NY

Judge Gigi Parris has dedicated the majority of her career working in Family Courts of the City of New York. She was appointed as an Interim Civil Court Judge in March 2021 and was first assigned to sit in New York County Family Court to preside over child custody, visitation and family offense cases and to assist with child protective and juvenile delinquency cases, as needed. Judge Parris was reappointed in January 2022 and shortly thereafter, reassigned to Bronx County Family Court where she continues to handle child custody, visitation and family offense cases.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Parris served as the Supervising Court Attorney in Queens County Family Court to the Supervising Judge, Hon. Gilbert Taylor. Judge Parris previously worked with Judge Taylor as his Court Attorney in Bronx County Family Court, focusing her attention on an array of family law matters.

Before becoming a Court Attorney, Judge Parris was a Supervising Attorney at Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem for several years. In this position, she provided supervision, guidance and mentorship to staff attorneys on the Family Defense Team and also represented indigent parents and caretakers charged with neglect and abuse of children. Judge Parris litigated on behalf of parents for nearly a decade. Prior to joining Neighborhood Defender Service, Judge Parris served as a Staff Attorney in the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders for five years. She began her legal career as a corporate associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Judge Parris was a 2017 recipient of the Ms. JD Woman of Inspiration Award; an award reserved for a woman who, regardless of her practice area or type of practice, inspires others by her commitment and passion to her work.

Outside of the courtroom, Judge Parris is a member of the New York State Family Court Judges Association, New York City Family Court Judges Association and Judicial Friends Association. She is also an active member of the New York City Bar Association Family Court & Family Law Committee. Prior to her appointment, Judge Parris served as a member of the Board of Directors of New Heights Academy Charter School, Manhattan’s largest independent charter school for five years. As a board member, she lends her advisory skills to support the academic success of middle and high school students. 

Judge Parris is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.