Venable’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is, without question, one of the firm’s greatest strengths. Our mission is to deliver the highest-quality legal services in the most efficient manner, and we pride ourselves in identifying, recruiting, and retaining the best, brightest, and most capable attorneys and legal staff from all walks of life. We understand fully that only relevant actions lead to success, and that developing a work environment that values the worth and potential of every member is one of the most relevant actions in which we can engage as a law firm.
Our belief that all voices are important and add significant value can be seen both within and outside the firm. Women and minorities have a significant presence in the firm’s senior leadership and throughout the firm’s management structure. Attorneys with diverse backgrounds play key roles on the firm's various committees, and assist in creating the policies and procedures that make us successful. They provide leadership to several key committees, including the Management Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Finance Committee. Venable attorneys also offer dedicated, client-focused legal representation, and make substantial contributions to the communities in which they live and work. Indeed, that is the Venable way.
The members of our Diversity Committee are dedicated to ensuring that no employee at Venable feels that his or her background presents a barrier to success. We believe that Justice Thurgood Marshall was correct when he said, “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” We know that we pay our firm and our clients the highest tribute by doing all that we can to strengthen our greatest resources, and improving the quality of the Venable experience.
Management's Commitment to Diversity
Venable knows the key to understanding the full spectrum of business and legal options lies in approaching the situation from a diverse set of viewpoints. We recruit, develop, and promote highly skilled lawyers, paraprofessionals, and support staff with varied perspectives and a wide range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds.
Within the firm, the executive management team and Board continually review and approve a wide range of programs to further enhance Venable's effectiveness in recruiting, retaining, and developing minority attorneys and professionals. These programs include such diverse initiatives as the Just the Beginning Foundation, D.C. Minority Partners, Stakeholder 100, "Call to Action," and others.
Leading minority attorneys also play key roles on the firm's management committees, including Legal Personnel, Associate Evaluation, Hiring, Compensation, Partnership Selection, and Diversity.
Management's Commitment to the Minority Community
We believe that strong communities are not homogenous, but are instead built by individuals with a wealth of experiences and backgrounds. Venable takes great pride in strengthening the communities in which we live and work by supporting education and social justice initiatives, and by providing legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need.
Our support for the minority community extends across many facets of our lives as professionals, from handling pro bono matters to advocating on behalf of organizations that serve minorities. For example, Venable attorneys have donated thousands of hours of pro bono legal services to organizations pursuing critical civil rights lawsuits. One example of this commitment is Mitchell Mirviss's two-decade involvement in a series of lawsuits to improve the quality of care provided to foster children in Baltimore. Another is former partner Robert Wilkins' landmark racial profiling lawsuit against the Maryland State Police and the subsequent monitoring of that organization’s compliance. Wilkins’ suit is one of the longest-running civil rights lawsuits in the nation’s history. In these two matters, and the many others in which Venable attorneys have donated their services, the firm has shown an unwavering commitment to defending the rights of the minority community.
Community organizations in which Venable attorneys play an active role include the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington, DC, The South Baltimore Learning Center, and a host of others in every community in which the firm has a presence. In addition, Robert Wilkins was instrumental in the development of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Due in part to the contributions of Mr. Wilkins, Congress passed legislation authorizing the museum and initial appropriations of $30 million for its construction.
In pursuit of our mission to support diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, Venable is pleased to consider sponsorship and event requests from all bar affiliated organizations, law schools, and law student organizations. We ask that you direct all sponsorship requests and event inquiries to Shannon Curry at +1 202.344.4421 or sdcurry@Venable.com.