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 is confirmed both within and outside the firm. Racially diverse and women partners are a significant presence in the firm's senior leadership and throughout the firm's management structure. Forty percent of our board consists of women and racially diverse members – nearly double the typical representation of such attorneys on boards at comparable law firms. Two of our four divisions are led by women or racially diverse attorneys, and women and racially diverse partners chair or co-chair 15 of our 32 practice groups. While we are proud of our progress, the ongoing struggle for racial equity underscores the urgent need to do even better. In the spring of 2020, the firm’s management committee spearheaded a “Moments and Movements” campaign to acknowledge and confront discrimination. They are now creating forums where our professionals can freely share their experiences and disseminating educational resources that explore systemic racism. These efforts build upon the firm’s board-level Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, which was established by our chairman, Stu Ingis, in 2017. Through this work, we have developed a multipronged approach to recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent.
Commitment to Our Professionals
Venable knows that 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 from a wide range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds.
Recruit. We proudly partner with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), the premier organization fostering equality in the legal profession, to build and cultivate a robust recruiting pipeline. Partnership with LCLD requires active participation in LCLD conferences by our co-managing partners.
Retain. Firm leadership, including the board and members of the Evaluation and Hiring Committees, and senior staff have received mandatory unconscious bias and inclusion training focused on "Inclusive Leadership."
Promote. Our affinity groups promote career growth and wellness for our diverse attorneys, focusing on support for members and the ongoing development of junior and mid-level lawyers. Through workshops and networking events, group members develop relationships with Venable leaders, mentors, colleagues, and clients.
Commitment to our Communities
We believe that strong communities are not homogeneous 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.
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.
Former Venable partner Judge Robert Wilkins was instrumental in the development of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Partly because of the contributions of Judge 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 Noelle Kellogg at +1 212.503.0673 or NEKellogg@Venable.com.