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' two-decade involvement in a series of lawsuits to improve the quality of care provided to foster children in Baltimore, MD. Another is 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.
Venable, the firm’s attorneys and the Venable Foundation are also actively involved in the support and advancement of organizations that empower the minority community and those that mentor minorities in the legal profession. Minority legal organizations in which Venable takes an active role include the Just the Beginning Foundation, D.C. Minority Partners, Stakeholder 100, "Call to Action" and many others. 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, former Venable partner Robert Wilkins has been instrumental in the development of the proposed National Museum of African American History and Culture. Due in part to the contributions of Mr. Wilkins, Congress passed legislation authorizing the museum and has authorized initial appropriations of $30 million for its construction.