Diversity & Inclusion

DIVERSITY NEWS

Swata Presents at SharpHeels Career Summit
February 21, 2019
Swata Gandhi, counsel resident in the Firm’s Baltimore office, presents at SharpHeels' Career Summit on February 21.

Firm Hosts Interviewing and Mentoring Workshop
January 17, 2019
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr proudly hosts an Interviewing and Mentoring Workshop in conjunction with the APABA-PA, the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and the HBA-PA. The event is chaired by Associate Melissa Martinez.

Firm Sponsors the Allegheny County Bar Association's 8th Annual Lunar New Year Banquet
Februrary 7, 2019
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr proudly sponsors the Allegheny County Bar Association's 8th Annual Lunar New Year Banquet celebrating 2019, the Year of the Pig.

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).

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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)

John Gekas

Joel C. Hopkins (Evaluation)

Paul M. Hummer

Meri Kahan (Manager of Attorney Recruiting)

Anthony Kang

Peter C. Lauro

Clarence Y. Lee

Leah D. Leydendecker

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)

Amy Piccola (Hiring 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)