Diversity News, Events and Recognition

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July 2, 2018

Savoy features Lisa Tavares and Claude Bailey as "2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers"

June 18, 2018

Law360 profiles Justin Pierce in its 2018 Diversity Snapshot feature

April 3, 2018

Venable participates in the National Black Law Student Association's 50th Annual Convention, Serves as the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial sponsor

June 9, 2017

Venable receives Women in Law Empowerment Forum Gold Standard Certification

February 16, 2017

Edward Loya receives Hispanic National Bar Association's "Top Lawyers Under 40" Award

September 14, 2016

Venable and WAVe sponsor "Is the Nation's Toughest Fair Pay Act Bridging the Gap in California?"

August 15, 2016

Venable’s Gueter Aurelien selected to The National Black Lawyers' Top 40 Under 40

July 22, 2016

Nancy Tinch sworn in as President Elect of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland.

April 9, 2016

Venable sponsors and attends UCLA APILSA event.

April 8, 2016

Venable participates in Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association event.

March 16, 2016

Venable sponsors the Hispanic National Bar Association's Corporate Counsel Conference

February 2, 2016

Kimberly Culp and Cameron Cole present "Diversity Matters: The Laws of Attraction" for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

September 26, 2015

Craig Thompson presented at the BOLD Conference at Johnson Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Columbia, Maryland on September 26.

July 30, 2015

Venable hosts "Diversity Matters: Laws of Attraction."

June 15, 2015

Los Angeles Business Journal interviews Celeste Brecht and Elizabeth Glasgow on increasing business for female attorneys.

June 5, 2015

Venable is a recipient of Exelon's 2014 Diversity Honor Roll.

February 25, 2015

Venable participates in WALRAA Diversity Law Student Event.

February 23, 2015

Venable Joins Forces with WILEF.

February 19, 2015

Venable Diversity Committee sponsors APALSA - UM Spring Reception.

February 13, 2015

Venable receives Firm Diversity Award from University Of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law's Black Law Student Association.

February 5, 2015

Craig Thompson elected to The National Black Lawyers - Top 100.

September 10, 2014

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, DC Area to Honor Venable Attorneys.

July 25, 2014

Venable was a sponsor of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) annual awards gala, which was held at the Kennedy Center.

June 20, 2014

Edward J. Loya, Jr., a Litigation Associate in Venable LLP’s Los Angeles Office, was named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List in the Western Region.

June 6, 2014

Lawyers of Color named Venable associate Annette Kwok to its Second Annual Hot List 2014, which lauds early- to mid-career attorneys excelling in the legal field.

May 20, 2014

Venable hosted an event honoring U.S. Appeals Court Judge Damon Keith, renowned for his contributions to Civil Rights-era law, including a book signing at the firm’s DC office.

March 7, 2014

Venable is a gold sponsor of the 39th Annual BLSA Scholarship and Awards Banquet at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

March 6, 2014

Women Attorneys at Venable (WAVe) commemorates International Women’s Day with an event featuring Corinne Cannon, founder and executive director of the DC Diaper Bank.

February 28, 2014

In celebration of Black History Month, Venable presented a film screening of the acclaimed documentary, Justice Is a Black Woman: The Life and Work of Constance Baker Motley, featuring Q&A with the filmmaker, Dr. Gary Ford, Jr.

February 25, 2014

WAVe sponsored a program for women lawyers and professionals on Winning Negotiation Strategies, with a networking reception after.

February 21, 2014

The Diversity Speaker Series welcomes Dana Shell Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Public Affairs for the State Department. Ms. Smith, who oversaw global media operations for Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, is also author of “How to Have an Insanely Demanding Job and 2 Happy Children” which appeared in the June 2012 issue of the Atlantic.

October 25, 2013

The Diversity Committee invited Mr. Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Alliances for Marriott International, Inc. to speak to the firm about the diversity and multicultural activities of one of the largest global hospitality companies and how a diverse and multicultural business approach is both good corporate citizenship and good for business.

October 24, 2013

Venable's New York office will host a Women's Initiative Networking Event to Benefit Dress for Success on October 24, 2013.

July 25, 2013

Venable co-hosted the Alliance for Justice’s Annual Summer Associate and Intern Event: “Civil Rights in the Balance: A Call to Action” featuring Georgia Congressman John Lewis who spoke about the hardships and hard fought victories of the Civil Rights Movement.

July 5, 2013

Seth Rosenthal and Joeann Walker win $55,000 settlement for African-American Philadelphia man in racial profiling lawsuit after more than two years of pro bono litigation.

June 21, 2013

Moxila Upadhyaya named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Hot List

April 8, 2013

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.

July 27, 2012

Venable is a gold sponsor of the Southeastern Minority Job Fair in Marietta, GA.

July 10, 2012

The firm will hold its annual Diversity Book Club event featuring special guest Elizabeth Birch, former head of worldwide litigation for Apple Computer and former President and Executive Director for the Human Rights Campaign.

May 1, 2012

Venable is named a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity and Top 100 Law Firm for Women by MultiCultural Law.

April 21, 2012

Venable received a diversity award at the 33rd Annual Awards Banquet of the Black Law Students Association of University of Baltimore.

April 4, 2012

The Diversity Committee presented a panel discussion on women lawyers and leadership. Prominent women partners shared their personal stories on managing a busy practice, a busy home life, and navigating the road to partnership.

March 27, 2012

The Diversity Committee announces the 2012 book club selection Grief, by Andrew Holleran, a novel that follows the challenges experienced by a middle-aged gay man in Washington, DC.

December 1, 2011

Venable attorneys attended the University of Virginia Black Law Students Association’s winter reception for diverse law students. Venable is a sponsor of the UVA chapter of the Black Law Student’s Association.

October 27, 2011

Venable will receive DRI’s Law Firm Diversity Award at the DRI annual meeting in Washington, DC.

September 16, 2011

Venable was a Bronze sponsor of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association's 14th Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

September 13, 2011

Venable will host a kick-off reception for the Free State Legal Project, an organization which advocates the rights of low-income LGBT individuals through legal services, education, and community outreach.

July 19, 2011

Venable sponsored the WALRAA 19th Annual Summer Associate Reception and Panel Discussion on "Diverse Perspectives in Practice."

July 2011

MultiCultural Law magazine has named Venable as one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity in 2011. MultiCultural Law magazine addresses workplace diversity and the roles that minorities and women play in today’s business world. The list appears in the July 2011 edition of the publication.

June 18, 2011

Venable was a sponsor of the of the Mexican American Bar Foundation’s 20th annual Anniversary Scholarship and Awards gala held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

June 16, 2011

Venable received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Wiley A. Branton Awards Luncheon for the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. The awards are presented to members of the legal and civil rights community whose lifetime efforts exemplify deep commitment to pro bono service that is at the heart of the Committee’s mission.

April 14, 2011

Venable was a Silver sponsor of a fundraising reception for Japanese earthquake relief, hosted by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, ABA, and the Asian Pacific Bar Association of DC.

March 17, 2011

The Diversity Committee hosted the third annual book event, for When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, by New York Times writer Gail Collins. The firm's guest was Dr. Sarah Weddington, who is featured in the book, and spoke about leadership and the importance of "leaving your thumb print."

December 8, 2010

Venable's Diversity Committee will host a discussion with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at Venable's Baltimore office. Mayor Rawlings-Blake will discuss the challenges that she faces given her gender, race, and age, her reasons for entering politics, her experiences in her earlier career as a lawyer, and the goals of her administration.

December 2, 2010

Venable was a sponsor of the Daily Record Leading Women event. Leading Women identifies fifty women, forty years old or younger, for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their career. Partner Colleen Mallon is a 2010 Honoree.

November 2010

Venable was a sponsor of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association's 13th Annual Awards and Scholarship Dinner held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

November 11, 2010

Venable Chair Jim Shea spoke to the Associated Black Charities about relationships and giving back to the community at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park in Baltimore, MD.

November 9, 2010

Venable is a sponsor of the DC Minority Attorney Networking Series held at the St. Regis in Washington, and featuring The Honorable Neal K. Katyal, acting Solicitor General of the United States. The series was created to provide minority attorneys an opportunity to focus on professional development, networking, building alliances, and forming relationships with peers, partners, and colleagues practicing law in the DC Metro area.

September 30, 2010

Firm leaders attended the 2010 GE Legal Diversity & Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

September 24, 2010

The Diversity Committee announced When Everything Changed, The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, by Gail Collins, as the 3rd annual book event selection. The firm is providing books to all lawyers and staff who wish to join in celebrating the progress of women and discussing the firm's own women's initiatives.

September 14, 2010

Venable is a Silver sponsor of the 2010 Installation Dinner and swearing-in ceremony for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC.

July 26, 2010

Venable is a sponsor of the DC Minority Attorney Networking Series at the St. Regis Hotel, featuring the Honorable Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

June 2010

Venable was a sponsor of the Mexican American Bar Foundation annual gala held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.

June 12, 2010

Venable is a Gold sponsor of the 2010 Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala in Los Angeles, California at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Rebecca Aragon, chair of Venable's Labor and Employment Practice Group in Los Angeles, is an MABF board member.

May 26, 2010

Venable was a Fellows Circle sponsor of the Williams Institute Spring Reception at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.

May 22, 2010

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler led a discussion on the recognition of same sex marriages in Maryland at the firm's Baltimore office. A reception followed the program.

May 19, 2010

Venable will co-sponsor a reception in honor of Susan Blakely's new book Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know About a Career in the Law at the Tower Club in Tysons Corner, VA. The book gives new lawyers a realistic view of law firm practice and discusses critical issues affecting retention rates for young women lawyers. Venable partner Caroline Petro Gately is a contributor to the book.

April 6, 2010

Venable hosted Howard University School of Law for a reception and panel discussion featuring Judge Richard Roberts of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Chief Judge Eric Washington of the D.C. Court of Appeals on the importance of judicial clerkships.

February 19, 2010

Venable was selected as 'Firm of the Year' by the Black Law Students Association at University of Maryland.  The firm was honored at the annual awards banquet in Baltimore, MD.

February 18, 2010

Venable sponsored the Sixth Annual Diversity 8-Minute Networking Event and Reception, organized by the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA).

January 2010

Venable raised $125,000 for relief efforts in Haiti through lawyer and staff contributions of $75,000 and a Venable Foundation contribution of $50,000.  Contributions helped the efforts of Doctors Without Boarders and Partners In Health to assist the victims of a devastating earthquake.

December 2, 2009

Venable held its 2nd annual book event, an engaging panel discussion featuring special guest, Mr. Michael Austin. Mr. Austin was wrongly convicted of an East Baltimore murder in 1974 and released from prison 27 years later. In 2004, he was pardoned by the Governor of Maryland and awarded the largest amount ever granted in the state for a wrongful murder conviction. Additional panelists included Venable partners who shared other experiences in equality, justice, and innocence while discussing the themes of To Kill a Mockingbird.

November 2009

In the Legal Times' diversity rankings, Venable was fifth on the list of large DC-area firms (firms with more than 100 DC-area partners) and achieved the 15th spot on the publication's partner diversity rankings for all DC-area firms. Venable ranked 29th in overall diversity.

November 11, 2009

Partner Robert Wilkins attended the 10th Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference, sponsored by MCCA.

November 3, 2009

Venable will sponsor a table at the Women's Law Center Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony in Baltimore, MD. The Women’s Law Center celebrates distinguished Marylanders who have made enterprising contributions to the legal community that affect the rights and lives of women. This year the event honors Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, Glendora Hughes and Louise Cardwell.

October 14, 2009

Venable will host a diversity reception in the Washington, DC office for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) annual meeting.

September 16, 2009

The Diversity Committee announced To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, as this year's selection for the 2009 book event. The firm is providing books to all lawyers and staff who wish to take part in discussing its timeless themes of equality, justice, and innocence.

July 30, 2009

Venable honored with 2009 Defender of Innocence Award from the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.

July 22, 2009

Judge Lynne Battaglia spoke at Venable's Baltimore office about the Finding Justice program, a literary work that presents the development of women in the law, from the earliest steps fighting for admittance to law school and the State Bar, to the modern day practice of law including appointments to the bench and other leadership positions.

July 13, 2009

The Diversity Committee hosted a brown bag lunch to discuss the interests of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and staff at the firm.

June 16, 2009

Venable was a silver sponsor of the MCCA's Mid-Atlantic Diversity Dinner in Washington, DC.

June 6, 2009

Venable sponsored a table at the Annual Fundraising Gala of Associated Black Charities. The event honors Maryland's medical legends.

May 13, 2009

Venable organized and hosted the annual meeting of the Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC) in the firm's Washington, DC office. The meeting was attended by the leaders of the National Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the National Native American Bar Association. At the meeting, the group agreed on 11 substantive joint resolutions on various issues including census funding, racial profiling and voting rights. The session culminated with meetings at the White House, the Attorney General's office and Capitol Hill.

May 2, 2009

Venable was a table sponsor for the Washington Bar Association's annual "Law Day" event, which took place on Saturday, May 2 at the JW Marriott. The theme of the dinner was "Implementing Houstonian Jurisprudence: Paving the Way for Change." At the dinner, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder received the Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit, and the Bar Association awarded scholarships to deserving law students.

The Washington Bar Association was formed in 1925 as one of the nation's first African American bar associations. Claude Bailey spearheaded the firm's sponsorship of the event.

May 1, 2009

Venable hosted five students from the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Job Shadow Day to enrich their educational experience through "real world" exposure. The Thurgood Marshall Academy is the first and only law-related public charter school in Washington, DC.

April 20-24, 2009

Robert Wilkins participated in "Voices," a program of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland from April 20-24, 2009. The "Voices" program allowed individuals coming from all regions of the world to raise their voices and to share their personal experiences of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Mr. Wilkins was invited to participate in the program by the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

In 2001, the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Interolence was held in Durban, South Africa. This conference led to the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

April 21, 2009

On Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Venable attorney Dana Moore was selected to co-chair the Elijah Cummings Youth Program In Israel (ECYP). ECYP is sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council in affiliation with Congressman Elijah Cummings(D-MD) and was established to improve relations between African-American and Jewish communities.

March 27, 2009

The Baltimore office of Venable hosted a training program for attorneys interested in helping the disabled receive the benefits to which they are entitled. The program was conducted by the Maryland Disability Law Center and focused on access to essential medical services for low-income individuals with disabilities.

March 17, 2009

The March 16, 2009 edition of Bisnow Legal covered the reception held in the lobby of Venable’s Washington, DC office last week, celebrating the release of stamps honoring civil rights pioneers Mary Church Terrell and Charles Hamilton Houston. Venable’s DC office is housed in a building named “Terrell Place” in honor of Church Terrell, who led the boycott of the segregated lunch counter at the Hecht’s department store formerly housed in the building. Venable attorneys mentioned in the piece were Robert Wilkins, whose leadership in the formation of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture was noted, Bill Coston, Senator Birch Bayh, Lisa Jose Fales and Jud Starr.

March 11, 2009

Venable joined Howard University School of Law and the Historical Society of Washington, DC in sponsoring a receptions to honor the achievements and sacrifices of Mary Church Terrell and Charles Hamilton Houston as commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service's recent Civil Rights Pioneers stamp issue. 

March 10, 2009

Venable hosted Howard University School of Law for a panel featuring Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court and Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the DC Court of Appeals and Howard alumni on the importance of judicial clerkships.

February 2009

MultiCultural Law Magazine ranked Venable as one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity (#79) and Top 100 Law Firms for Women (#57).

February 26, 2009

Venable was a proud sponsor of the Fifth Annual Diversity 8-Minute Networking Event and Reception, organized by the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA).

October 29, 2008

Venable sponsored the DC Minority Attorney Networking Series featuring minority CEO and former Venable partner John Muleta.

October 20, 2008

Author Juan Williams led a book discussion on Justice Thurgood Marshall and civil rights in Venable's DC office.

September 2008

Venable's Diversity Committee launched a major book event aimed at sparking constructive dialogue among all of our lawyers and staff about diversity and inclusion. The selected book was the biography Thurgood Marshall, American Revolutionary, by Juan Williams.