Message from Our Diversity Committee Co-Chairs
Nora Garrote, Co-Chair
Kathleen Hardway, Co-Chair
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 each and every person within it 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 driven to ensure 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 improve the quality of the Venable experience.
Honors and Awards
In 2015, The University of Maryland Black Law Students Association (BLSA) recognized Venable efforts to promote diversity with its 2015 Firm Diversity Award.
In 2013, Venable partner Suzanne St. Pierre was honored by pro bono client Brooklyn Community Pride Center at the organization's annual gala. BCPC provides social services to the LGBT community in Brooklyn, with a focus on youth and seniors.
In 2012, for the third year in a row, Venable was named a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity and Top 100 Law Firm for Women by MultiCultural Law magazine.
In 2012, Venable received a diversity award at the 33rd Annual Awards Banquet of the Black Law Students Association of University of Baltimore.
In 2011, Venable received the Law Firm Diversity Award at the DRI Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. In 2011, the firm also received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
In 2010, the University of Maryland Chapter of the Black Law Students Association recognized Venable as "Firm of the Year."