Venable was recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) as both a 2022 Top Performer and a Compass Award winner for the fifth year in a row. The Top Performer award recognizes those organizations in the top 20% for participation in LCLD programs and activities, and the Compass Award recognizes those members who participate in the Fellows and Pathfinder programs, as well as at least one pipeline program, and personally attend LCLD's annual meeting or leadership summit or submit a leader’s pledge. Earning both awards signals Venable's continued commitment to building a more diverse firm and a more inclusive legal profession.
LCLD is one of the nation’s leading organizations promoting diversity and consists of more than 430 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners—the leadership of the profession—who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Venable has participated in LCLD since 2013, and its commitment to the organization's programs has grown steadily since. Each year the firm sponsors diverse Venable lawyers who participate in the LCLD Fellows program and the LCLD Pathfinder program, which provide our attorneys with opportunities to build their leadership skills and networks. Venable also hosts in its various offices diverse first-year law students who have been selected as LCLD 1L Scholars after an application and interview process. The 1L Scholars become summer associates with Venable, and most return for a second summer experience as 2Ls and eventually join the firm as first-year associates. Various Venable lawyers also participate in LCLD’s mentoring programs. We look forward to our continued involvement with LCLD.