The award, which recognizes individuals or entities who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession through the encouragement and inclusion of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities, was presented during an April 10 luncheon at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz. Former homeland security chief Janet Napolitano was the keynote speaker.
“The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group truly understands the intrinsic value of increasing diversity and ensuring equal opportunity in the legal profession,” said Don Bivens, chair of the ABA Section of Litigation. “PDLG serves as a shining example of the good that can be accomplished when the profession puts its mind to it.”
The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group is a consortium of Philadelphia’s leading law firms and corporate law departments committed to fostering participation of a more diverse group of lawyers in the greater Philadelphia region in order to make the legal profession stronger, more productive and better equipped to address the challenges of the 21st century.
For the past 13 years, the PDLG has engaged in innovative programmatic activity to promote meaningful diversity in the legal community, to provide educational opportunities for diverse individuals to help them to prepare for entry into and advancement in the legal profession, and to increase growth and leadership opportunities for diverse individuals. Incorporated in 2001 with 12 members, the PDLG has grown to 37 members — 25 law firms and 12 corporate law departments.
The Section of Litigation, the ABA’s largest practice specialty section with more than 59,000 members, is dedicated to helping litigators become more effective advocates for their clients.
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