Diversity & Inclusion

DIVERSITY NEWS

Firm Sponsors the Women's Law Project Annual Party
November 30, 2018
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr is a proud sponsor of the Women’s Law Project Annual Party in Philadelphia on November 30.

Firm Sponsors Women's Bar Association of DC Panel Event
October 30, 2018
The Firm proudly hosts and sponsors the Women’s Bar Association of DC's panel event: Law, Leadership, and Higher-Education: A Conversation With the General Counsels of American, Catholic, Georgetown and George Washington Universities.

Firm Sponsors 5th Annual Women in Cyber Security Reception
October 18, 2018
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr sponsors the 5th Annual Women in Cyber Security Reception in Washington, D.C.

Martinez Organizes a Women's Breakfast Series for the Hispanic Bar Association of Philadelphia
September 1, 2018
Melissa Martinez, an associate resident in the Firm's Philadelphia office and Board Member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Philadelphia, leads a women's breakfast series for the Hispanic Bar Association of Philadelphia titled "Cafecito."

Eveland Named to Crain's Chicago Business' Chicago's Notable LGBTQ Executives
August 24, 2018
Toby Eveland, the Firm's Diversity & Inclusions Committee Co-Chair, was named to Crain Chicago Business' "Chicago's Notable LGBTQ Executives" list.

The Firm Sponsors the Airport Business Diversity Conference
August 21-25, 2018
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr proudly sponsors the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's 34th Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference at the Westin Seattle from August 21-25.

HBAPA Launches Networking for Minority Women Attorneys
July 2018
Melissa Martinez, an associate resident in the Firm;s Philadelphia Office and Board Member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Philadelphia, authored this article for the Philadelphia Bar Reporter.

Lipkowitz Named to Savoy Magazine's 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers
June 29, 2018
Michelle Lipkowitz, the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Partner, was named to Savoy Magazine's 2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers.

It Isn't Easy Being Me. It Isn't As Easy As It May Look.
Summer 2018
Ruth Fry, the Firm's Baltimore Office Manager, authored an article published in The Association of Legal Administrators, Inc. Summer 2018 Newsletter.

Jacqueline A. Brooks Selected as Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's 2018 Fellow fo Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
March 2, 2018
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, a full service law firm with more than 400 lawyers in 15 offices, today announced that Jacqueline A. Brooks, a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance Practice, has been selected by the firm as the 2018 Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

Karen Harris named one of  the “Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago” by Crain’s Custom Media
December 11, 2017
Karen Harris, a partner in the firm’s Business and Finance and Health Care Practices, is included the 2017 “Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Chicago” list from Crain’s Custom Media.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP Earns Top Marks in 2018 Corporate Equality Index
November 20, 2017
​Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP announced that it has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Saul Ewing a founding firm for Pittsbugh's Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition
June 27, 2017
Saul Ewing LLP is one of the founding law firms for Pittsburgh’s Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition.

Sharma participates in Roundtable discussion on diversity
June 21, 2017
Indira Sharma proudly participated in the Legal Intelligencer’s Roundtable Discussion on Diversity Issues where she and a panel of attorneys discussed solutions for diversity issues facing law firms today.

Zachary discusses firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts
June 5, 2017
Sheri Zachary, Saul Ewing’s Director of Career Development and Inclusion, discusses how the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives have evolved over the years.

Sharma named one of the “Top 50 Asian American in Business”
May 9, 2017
Asian American Business Development Center recognizes Indira Sharma, Saul Ewing’s Diversity & Inclusion Chair with its 2017 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award

Silvia Shin is firm’s 2017 LCLD Fellow
March 16, 2017
Silvia A. Shin, a partner in the firm’s Public Finance Practice, has been selected as the 2017 Fellow to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

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HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2012 Firm Diversity Award from the Black Law Students Association at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • 2011 Gold Standard Certification Award from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), honoring law firms that have integrated women in to the highest leadership positions in the Firm
  • Seven Women Partners were named Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast by Arrive magazine, 2011
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals, 2009 and 2011
  • Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity, Multicultural Law magazine, 2005, 2006 and 2007

STEPS TOWARD DIVERSITY OVER THE YEARS

While Saul Ewing convened its first Diversity Committee in the mid-1990s, the effort intensified in 2001 when the Committee was restructured to include key decision makers. Next, the Firm retained Dr. Arin Reeves of the Athens Group, who conducted a needs assessment and talked to attorneys and staff and gleaned information that resulted in Saul Ewing's Strategic Plan for Diversity.

An eleven-member Diversity Committee pursues the plan's goals and objectives. One of the Committee's traditions has become the Firm's Annual Diversity Retreat, a popular event that is held each Fall and draws attorneys from throughout the Firm. In 2008, conversations among Diversity Committee members led to the establishment of our Women’s Development Initiative, and, in 2011, the Diversity Committee inspired a second affinity group, our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Group. The Firm is proud of its accomplishments and how Firm management has made diversity a key business priority.


Committee Members and Liaisons:

Indira K. Sharma, Co-Chair• 410.332.8621 • email

William T. Eveland, Co-Chair•312.876.7804 • email

Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark

Sherry H. Flax (Women’s Development Initiative)

Anthony P. Forte

Victoria M. Frazier (Administrative Assistant)

Ruth Fry (Baltimore Office Manager)

Karen Harris

Joel C. Hopkins (Evaluation)

Paul M. Hummer

Meri Kahan (Manager of Attorney Recruiting)

Anthony Kang

Peter C. Lauro

Clarence Y. Lee

Michelle N. Lipkowitz (Diversity & Inclusion Partner)

John A. Marty

Naomi A. Mukalian (Director of Attorney Recruiting)

Joshua S. Pasker (Hiring Partner)

Valerie G. Pennacchio

Jennifer K. Peterson (Executive Partner)

Hilda Piloto

Jay Reilly

Silvia A. Shin

Jason M. St. John (Executive Committee)

Cristina Stummer

Sheri M. Zachary (Director of Career Development and Inclusion)

 

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