Diversity and Inclusion
Duane Morris manages its diversity and inclusion program with the objective of utilizing the best talent worldwide in solving legal problems. The firm recruits a diverse pool of lawyers that collectively possess an awareness of cutting-edge 21st century issues—legal, social and economic—for which clients require solutions. Because diversity management is integral to the core business of our management and each of our practice groups, our programs for the recruitment, retention and promotion of historically minority groups will continue and grow. The firm's attorneys and its leadership believe in accentuating the added value that diverse attorneys possess and generating profitable new business opportunities from this added value.
Each spring, diverse attorneys, firm leadership and others from across the country attend the annual Duane Morris Diversity and Inclusion Retreat to share their experiences at the firm and delve into topics including retention issues, Q&A sessions on matters that affect minority attorneys and panels on marketing and business development strategies. The 2016 retreat was held on May 21 and featured the theme of “Linking Success to Organizational Culture.” Aracely Muñoz Petrich, Vice President of Development at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, led Interactive Implicit Bias Training and Donald M. Remy, Executive Vice President of Law, Policy Governance, Chief Legal Officer at the NCAA, spoke on the “Intersection of Diversity, Culture, Entertainment and Sports.”
George B. Vashon Lecture Series
In conjunction with the retreat, Duane Morris holds its annual George B. Vashon Lecture. The first lecture was held in 2010. In 2016, our guest lecturer was David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, Faculty Director, Center on the Legal Profession, at Harvard Law School. He spoke on the topic “Why Are There (Still) So Few Black Lawyers in Corporate Law Firms? A 20-Year Retrospective and Some Thoughts About the Future,” which was followed with a lively panel discussion moderated by [*PEOPLE.10556.GetURLWrapped|Joseph K. West], Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Duane Morris.
In 2015, the Diversity & Inclusion Retreat featured Fred Maahs, Senior Director of Community Investment, National Partnerships at Comcast, Vice President, Comcast Foundation, and former chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities, who spoke on the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and related current legal and social issues.
In 2015, our guest lecturer for the Vashon Lecture was Dean Wendell Pritchett, Interim Dean and Presidential Professor, University of Pennsylvania Law School Donna Cooper, Executive Director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), moderated the discussion “What Do We Mean When We Say Education Is a Civil Right?” with panelist Judge Wendy Beetlestone, Federal Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Anthony Hardy Williams, State Senator, Pennsylvania and [*PEOPLE.9902.GetURLWrapped|Lisa Scruggs], Partner, Duane Morris LLP.
In 2014, our guest lecturer was The Honorable Theodore A. McKee, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Renée Cardwell Hughes, CEO, American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, moderated a panel that included Robert W. Bogle, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Philadelphia Tribune, Zane D. Memeger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and [*PEOPLE.5457.GetURLWrapped|Eric R. Breslin], Partner, Duane Morris.
In 2013, our retreat guest lecturer was Debo P. Adegbile, Special Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law Michael A. Fitts, University of Pennsylvania Law School, moderated a panel that included Harold Jackson, Editorial Page Editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Jennifer R. Clarke, Executive Director of Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Nationally known consultants Dr. Arin N. Reeves and Kathleen B. Nalty also engaged the group on enhancing firm culture through diversity and inclusion.
In 2012, retreat guest speakers included Joseph K. West, President and CEO, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and Kenneth Gamble, Chairman, Universal Companies; Chairman, Philadelphia International Records; and Co-Founder of TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia). The Vashon topic in 2012 was "The Law & Politics of Affirmative Action." Randall L. Kennedy, the Raymond Pace and Sadie T.M. Alexander Visiting University of Pennsylvania Professor of Law in Civil Rights, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard, and award-winning author, was the guest lecturer. In addition, Duane Morris invited a panel moderated by David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President at Comcast Corporation, to comment on the positions taken by Professor Kennedy. The panelists included Joanne Epps, Dean and Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President and CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition; and [*PEOPLE.1185.GetURLWrapped|Thomas Servodidio], Duane Morris partner and chair of the [*PRACTICES.105.GetURLWrapped|Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group].
In 2011, guest speakers included Don H. Liu, Corp. Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Xerox Corporation; Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, authors of Tasting Freedom; and Tommy M. Shi, Esq., Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. In 2010, guest speakers included Mayda Prego, Senior Counsel, Chevron Corporation's Global Downstream/Latin America & Caribbean Regional Unit, and Norma Romero-Mitchell, President of Benefits Plus Consulting Group, Inc.
In 2009, our diverse attorneys and diversity and inclusion committee members attended a dinner at Philadelphia City Hall, featuring speaker Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.
In 2008, our guest speaker was Wendy Shiba, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of KB Home. In 2007, our guest speaker was Douglas Gaston, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Comcast Cable.
Duane Morris Attorney Phillip Chong Honored as Maryland's Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
On April 14, 2015, the Tahirih Justice Center named Phillip Chong as the Maryland Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for his services in support of immigrant women and girls fleeing extreme gender-based violence in the United States. In 2014, Phillip provided legal services to a survivor of domestic violence. With his advocacy, his client received protection under the Violence Against Women Act, a work permit, and a pathway to a green card. Chong also helped coordinate multiple U visa trainings in 2014 for fellow attorneys in Maryland.
The Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit that protects immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of gender-based violence through free legal and social services, public policy advocacy, and training and education.
Duane Morris Attorney Christopher Yeh Wins Firm's 2014 Pro Bono Award
Duane Morris LLP associate Christopher B. Yeh accepted the firm's eighth annual Duane Morris Pro Bono Award on October 26 during the firm's annual meeting. Each year, the Pro Bono Award honors the attorney or group who has best exemplified Duane Morris' commitment to pro bono service and has made a significant impact on an individual or community. Yeh led a team in a multi-year, complex bankruptcy case on behalf of an elderly, low-income, immigrant couple against business partners who defrauded them.
Duane Morris Partner Eduardo Ramos-Gómez Receives Buen Vecino Award from U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (USMCOC) has honored Singapore-based partner Eduardo Ramos-Gómez with its prestigious Buen Vecino Award. The award recognizes public- and private-sector leaders for their vision and commitment to mutually beneficial relations between Mexico and the United States. Ramos-Gómez accepted the award at the chamber's Binational Conference and Buen Vecino Awards Gala, held on October 28–29 in Mexico City.
Duane Morris London Adds Corporate Partner Saionton Basu
Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that Saionton Basu has joined the firm's Corporate Practice Group as a partner. Based in London, Basu further strengthens Duane Morris' growing corporate practice, particularly with regard to international matters. Basu joins Duane Morris from Penningtons Manches, where he was co-head of the firm's India practice.
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie M. Chang Named New Los Angeles Office Managing Partner
Duane Morris LLP has appointed Cyndie M. Chang managing partner of its Los Angeles office. Chang succeeds partner Russell W. Roten, who served in that role since the launch of the office in 2006. The firm's Los Angeles office serves clients throughout Southern California, as well as throughout the United States and internationally.
Duane Morris Chicago Office Adds Litigator and Education Partner Lisa T. Scruggs
Lisa T. Scruggs has joined the firm's Trial Practice Group as a partner in its Chicago office. Scruggs bolsters Duane Morris' strengths in serving the education industry, bringing to the firm extensive litigation and counseling skills. Scruggs joins the firm from Jenner & Block LLP. Scruggs, founder and leader of her former firm's Education Industry team, provides counsel and representation to education reform organizations; charter school organizations, networks and individual schools; school districts; and private schools. Her practice has included handling issues regarding new school development, teacher quality reform, virtual education, public/private education ventures and student and parent rights.
Duane Morris Partner Jennifer Kearns Re-elected to Mama's Kitchen, Inc. Board of Directors
Jennifer A. Kearns, a partner in the firm's San Diego office, has been re-elected to the board of directors of Mama's Kitchen, Inc. Mama's Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that delivers full nutrition to low income clients affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer at no cost to the client. Full nutrition means three meals a day for every day of the year. If a client has minor children living in the household, Mama's Kitchen also delivers full nutrition to the children, also at no cost. Founded in 1990, Mama's Kitchen delivered its six millionth meal in 2012. Kearns served two consecutive terms as a member of the board of directors of Mama's Kitchen from 2004 through 2010 and served as board president in 2007. Her new term will commence January 1, 2014.
Duane Morris Goes Purple Again in Support of LGBT Youth
Duane Morris turned its website purple on October 17, 2013 in honor of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) annual Spirit Day. The firm's website's usual blue turned purple that day to show support for LGBT youth and signify its stance against bullying.
The Daily Report's ATLaw blog reported that Duane Morris led the way among law firms, being the only one listed as a participant last year. In 2013, other law firms have now joined Duane Morris and the many well-known companies who pledge to go purple for Spirit Day such as CBS, PepsiCo, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Wells Fargo, MTV, United Airlines, and Facebook as well as major sports leagues: MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, UFC, AND MLS.
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie M. Chang Elected to the NAPABA Board of Governors
Cyndie M. Chang, a partner in the firm's Los Angeles office, has been elected to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Board of Governors for the 2013-2014 board year as Vice President for Communications. Chang was sworn into office on November 9, 2013, during the 25th Annual NAPABA Convention in Kansas City, MO.
Partner Cyndie Chang: Lawyer on the Fast Track
Duane Morris partner Cyndie Chang was named a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by The Recorder in 2013. According to The Recorder, Lawyers on the Fast Track stand out "among their peers based on their career achievements and leadership roles within their practice, organization or the larger community." Chang litigates complex business and commercial disputes involving contracts, unfair competition, trademark, trade secrets, products liability, entertainment and real estate law. She is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker. In addition, she has handled insurance disputes involving large, multimillion-dollar environmental, asbestos and toxic tort continuing injury claims.
Duane Morris Goes Purple in Support of LGBT Youth
Duane Morris turned its website purple on October 19, 2012 in honor of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) annual Spirit Day. The firm's website added purple as part of the GLAAD initiative to show support for LGBT youth. Duane Morris is the only law firm listed on GLAAD's website as a Spirit Day participant. Other Spirit Day participants include Comcast, Yahoo!, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Saatichi & Saatchi, Wells-Fargo and AT&T and sports leagues including MLB, NBA, WNBA, NHL and NASCAR.
Duane Morris attorneys are active in organizations that support LGBT inclusion, from the workplace to the broader community. Attorneys at Duane Morris have taken an active role in LGBT networking groups and law associations, including the National LGBT Bar Association as well as local organizations, and have written on topics including transgender workplace law. The firm recently sponsored the LGBT Champagne Reception at the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention.
Duane Morris Named to Honor Roll for Commitment to Women Lawyers and Diversity for Third Year in a Row
Duane Morris has been cited as one of five law firms on the 2012 Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals. Created by the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Commission on Women in the Profession (WIP), the annual list recognizes law firms that are committed to diversity and provide tools to enable women lawyers to continue and advance in their professional careers. They include flexible work schedules, backup childcare, networking events and other innovative programs. This is the third year in a row that Duane Morris has been named to the Honor Roll.
Rachael Pontikes Named One of Just The Beginning Foundation's "20 Under 40" for Work Supporting Diversity
Duane Morris partner Rachael Pontikes has been selected as one of the Just The Beginning Foundation's (JTBF) 2012 "20 Under 40" honorees. This award is given to young lawyers in recognition of their demonstrable commitment to JTBF's goals of community involvement and providing guidance and encouragement to diverse students with an interest in the law, as well as to others in their community, to attain their highest academic, personal and professional aspirations. Ms. Pontikes practices in Duane Morris' Chicago office and focuses on high-profile and high-stakes litigation. She represents foreign companies in disputes in the United States, acts as liaison for American companies that are sued abroad, represents companies in inter- and intra-company disputes and represents financial institutions in a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration.
Elizabeth Powers Honored as Tri-State Diversity Council Woman of the Year
Duane Morris partner Elizabeth Powers was recognized as "Council Woman of the Year" by the Tri-State Diversity Council for her leadership excellence, having significant impact on revenues, profitability, and/or the direction of her organizations, and for demonstrating leadership and a commitment to her community. She will be honored at the Tri-State Diversity and Leadership Conference on September 28, 2012. Powers previously headed the Women's Initiatives Committee at her former firm, was a member of the Executive Committee, and was responsible for bringing women partners together for their first retreat, while developing internal networks among female partners. She recently led a diverse group of 15 men and women to Duane Morris, where she practices corporate law, concentrating on corporate finance, compliance, reporting and governance.
Duane Morris Wins MCCA Innovator Award for Diversity and Inclusion Program
Duane Morris is the 2012 recipient of the George B. Vashon Innovator Award presented by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) for innovative best practices by a law firm in Recruitment and Retention. John J. Soroko, Chairman of Duane Morris, accepted the award at the Diversity Innovators Awards Reception following the Pathways Conference on September 10, 2012 in New York City. The Innovator Award, which now carries the George B. Vashon name, has special significance to Duane Morris. Vashon was former Duane Morris Chief Diversity Officer Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr.'s great-grandfather. Atkinson and others petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to grant Vashon posthumous admission to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The noted abolitionist and activist had been denied admission to practice law in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) because of his race. Joseph K. West, President & CEO of MCCA, said that the Award carries Vashon's name because of his "steadfast determination in the face of discrimination and his accomplishments following rejection of admission to the bar in Pennsylvania." Vashon became the first African-American admitted to the bar in New York State in 1847. Lauren DeBruicker Selected as Charter Member for ABA Diverse Speakers Database
Duane Morris partner Lauren DeBruicker has been invited to be among the charter group of diverse lawyers featured in the upcoming ABA Diverse Speakers Database. This national clearinghouse of presenters available for speaking engagements will be a resource for program organizers and decision-makers in the ABA and other bar associations who seek diverse lawyers from a race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation/gender identity, or disability perspective. DeBruicker, a commercial litigator, has been a quadriplegic and wheelchair user since 1991, and is a frequent speaker on issues of disability in the workplace. She has also negotiated accommodations in housing and employment for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. DeBruicker serves on the boards of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation; the Philadelphia Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis; and the National Transplant Assistance Fund and Catastrophic Injury Program. She is a member of Duane Morris' Diversity and Inclusion Committee and its Recruitment and Retention Committee.
Arfat Selvam Shortlisted for "Managing Partner of the Year" Award
Arfat Selvam, managing partner of Duane Morris' Singapore office, was shortlisted for "Managing Partner of the Year" award in the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2012. Ms. Selvam has over forty years' experience in corporate finance having been at the forefront of the development of the financial services market in Singapore. Her wide array of experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures, takeovers, funds raising in the capital markets, privatisations, financial services, cross border investments, financial services and international joint ventures.
Terrance Evans Named Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow for 2012
Duane Morris San Francisco partner Terrance Evans has been selected for the 2012 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization made up of the legal profession's top general counsels and managing partners. Evans joins a class of 134 attorneys from around the country who have been selected as LCLD Fellows for 2012.
Duane Morris Partner Scott Marder Leads Professional Networking Group for LGBT Professionals
Duane Morris partner Scott Marder is one of the founders of the Maryland Corporate Council, a professional networking group geared toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender professionals in Baltimore. He was featured in an article in the Baltimore Sun on the group and its goals to support the LGBT business community in Baltimore. Marder practices in the areas of complex business, commercial and construction litigation. He has significant experience in the banking, real estate, construction and gaming industries. He is also a member of Duane Morris' Pro Bono Committee.
Duane Morris Attorney Cyndie Chang Presents at 2011 NAPABA Annual Convention
Duane Morris partner Cyndie M. Chang presented at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Annual Convention: Sustainability 2011: Renewal and Growth for Today and Tomorrow in Atlanta, Georgia. Chang co-chaired and co-moderated the "Action for Lawyers II" program. Duane Morris is a silver sponsor of the NAPABA annual convention.
Duane Morris Sponsors LGBT Event at Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention
Duane Morris was a co-sponsor for the LGBT Champagne Reception at the HNBA Annual Convention in Dallas this year. The reception was very well attended. Also during the HNBA Convention, Duane Morris partner Mauro M. Wolfe participated in a panel discussion on the topic of "Corporate Compliance and Business Ethics Programs."
Duane Morris Partner Denyse Sabagh Receives American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Leadership Award
Denyse Sabagh, head of the firm's Immigration Practice Group, was honored with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)'s Hala Salam Maksoud Leadership Award. Named after former ADC president and nationally recognized civil and human rights advocate Dr. Hala Salam Maksoud, the award is presented annually to a community leader who has exhibited great leadership, strength and compassion toward the concerns of the community and the mission of ADC.
Duane Morris Partner Andrew Hahn Receives NYC Bar's Diversity Champion Award
Andrew T. Hahn has been selected by the New York City Bar Association (City Bar) to receive one of its Sixth Annual Diversity Champion Awards. The honor recognizes the key role individual attorneys have played in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and the overall New York legal community. Award recipients embody City Bar's Statement of Diversity Principles, which defines diversity as an inclusive concept. Hahn is a former president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Asian American Bar Association of New York. He is a board member of the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, and received the association's Trailblazer's Award in 2008.
Jennifer Kearns Receives Tom Homann LGBT Law Association Annual Friend of the Community Award
Jennifer A. Kearns, a partner at Duane Morris, was honored by the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association with its annual Friend of the Community Award. The award is presented to people who have made a positive impact in San Diego and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in particular. Kearns was honored for her work in support of Mama's Kitchen, Inc., a San Diego nonprofit organization. She first became involved with Mama's Kitchen nearly 20 years ago. The organization was founded to deliver hot meals and groceries to low-income persons affected by HIV/AIDS and their families. In 2006, Mama's Kitchen expanded its mission to serve low-income persons affected by cancer. Since its inception, Mama's Kitchen has delivered more than five million free meals.
The Legal Intelligencer Names Two Duane Morris Partners to 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year List
Duane Morris partners Robert L. Archie, Jr. and Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr., the firm's Chief Diversity Officer, were named to The Legal Intelligencer's 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year for their outstanding professional achievements. Letters of recommendation for the recognition were solicited from bar associations, law firms, public interest groups, corporations and government offices. George B. Vashon, Atkinson's great-grandfather, who was posthumously admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2010, was also listed.
Duane Morris Partner Teresa Cavenagh Receives National Diversity Council's Powerful and Influential Women Award
Trial partner Teresa Cavenagh was awarded a Powerful and Influential Women award by the National Diversity Council at the 2010 Pennsylvania Diversity and Leadership Conference. At the conference, Cavenagh presented on a panel called Strategies for Professional Success. Cavenagh, who practices in the areas of commercial, class action, fraud, RICO and qui tam litigation, also presented earlier this year at the Pennsylvania Diversity Council Women in Leadership Symposium. In addition, she is a participant of the Leadership Program sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Profession of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Nolan Atkinson Obtains Posthumous Admittance of George Vashon to Pennsylvania Bar
Chief Diversity Officer Nolan Atkinson, Jr. played a major role in petitioning the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of the family of George B. Vashon, Atkinson's great-grandfather, to posthumously admit Vashon to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Vashon sought admission to practice law in Allegheny County in 1847 and 1868, but was rejected in both cases because of his race. He was the first black to graduate from Oberlin College, later became the first black lawyer in New York state and the first black professor at Howard University.
More than a century and a half after he was first denied admission to the bar in Allegheny County because of the color of his skin, George Boyer Vashon was officially admitted to the state bar by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a ceremony held on October 20 at the City-County Building in Pittsburgh.
Cyndie Chang Accepted to Join Prestigious Leadership Academy; Named Among NAPABA's "Best Lawyers Under 40"
Cyndie M. Chang, an attorney in the Los Angeles office, has been accepted to join the ABA's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Leadership Academy for the 2010-2011 bar year. TIPS is a highly competitive program for emerging leaders in the law. Chang was also honored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) with its 2010 "Best Lawyers Under 40" award. Chang was one of 20 lawyers recognized at NAPABA's 22nd Annual Convention. Chang previously was honored with the President's Award at the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA) banquet for outstanding service and commitment to SCCLA. In 2007, Chang chaired "Phoenix Rising," a full-day MCLE event. SCCLA is one of the largest and oldest minority bar organizations in Southern California. Chang is the treasurer of the organization.
Duane Morris Sponsors Diversity Event in Boston
Duane Morris' Boston office recently hosted the Asian-American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts' third annual Speed Mentoring Night. Twenty mentors and 42 mentees engaged in five rounds of 15-minute sessions during which law students, recent graduates and junior lawyers were paired with more-senior attorneys from various fields and affiliations. The event was featured in a spread in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Duane Morris Sponsors Diversity Event in Chicago
Duane Morris hosted and sponsored an event for the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms. "Sweet Home Chicago," is an annual cocktail and networking gathering of the Committee showcasing diversity in large law firms to attorneys and law school students from around the country. Partner Neville Bilimoria helped to organize and support the event and partner Cheryl Blackwell Bryson spoke on "Maximizing Your Chances for a Successful Summer Experience" along with a panel of outside presenters. The firm's Chicago office held a reception for more than 350 attendees after the program.
Denyse Sabagh Named One of 30 "Stars of the Bar" by Washingtonian Magazine
Denyse Sabagh has been named as one of the 30 "Stars of the Bar" in Washingtonian magazine's listing of the "top guns of the profession" in Washington, D.C. The magazine said, "Sabagh's peers describe her as the immigration lawyer who can do it all."
Sabagh practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law and litigation and has more than 25 years of experience in representing diverse clients. She helps corporate clients manage both inbound and outbound employment immigration and is a recognized leader in developing strategic business immigration programs and policies.
Duane Morris Partner Lida Rodriguez-Taseff Receives Diversity Award
Lida Rodriguez-Taseff has been awarded a Legacy Diversity Award from the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). The award honors those who have demonstrated leadership in advancing opportunities for diversity in the legal profession. Rodriguez-Taseff was also selected to be honored by The Miami Workers Center, an organization that develops and supports community organizing campaigns and education programs. Rodriguez-Taseff was chosen for her work mobilizing thousands of Latinos in the area during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Rodriguez-Taseff, who practices in the firm's Miami office, focuses in the area of commercial litigation. She is a frequent television legal commentator and is a national Spanish media spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union. She is a member of Duane Morris' Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
CLEO promotes diversity through providing scholarships and support programs to minority, underrepresented and economically disadvantaged law students.
Duane Morris Partner Robert L. Archie, Jr. Named One of Philadelphia's Most Influential African Americans
The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation's oldest black newspaper, named corporate partner Robert L. Archie, Jr. one of "Philadelphia's Most Influential African Americans 2009: Movers and Shakers" for demonstrating leadership in the community. Archie serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, Universal Institute Charter School, Lincoln University (the first historically black university in the U.S.) and Universal Communities Homes, Inc.
Members of Duane Morris' Diversity and Inclusion Committee as well as other attorneys regularly host, lead and speak at events relating to multicultural and diversity issues.
Recent and upcoming events include:
Duane Morris Partner John A. Nixon to Speak at the NAPPA 2016 Legal Education Conference
Jun 23, 2016 | New Orleans, Louisiana
Duane Morris Attorneys Giles Cooper and Manfred Otto to Present at Kroll Webinar
May 11, 2016 | Webinar
Duane Morris Attorney Manfred Otto to Speak at "Compliance Risks of Nominee Companies in Vietnam" Seminar
Apr 22, 2016 | Tokyo, Japan| Hitosubashi University ICS Graduate School
Duane Morris Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Joseph West to Speak at 2016 ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting
Apr 9, 2016 | Montreal| Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak at Mitchell Titus Spring Seminar Series
Apr 5, 2016 | Philadelphia| Philadelphia Convention Center
Duane Morris Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Joseph West to Be a Panelist at Association of Legal Administrators Webinar
Mar 22, 2016 | New York City and Streamed Online| Reed Smith LLP and Streamed Online
Duane Morris Partner Joseph M. Burton to Present at Information Security Media Group's Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit
Mar 22, 2016 | San Francisco| Hilton Financial District
Duane Morris Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Joseph West to Speak at DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Conference
Mar 17, 2016 | New Orleans| The Roosevelt Hotel
Duane Morris Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Joseph West to Speak at 2016 ABA Midwinter Meeting of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee
Mar 16, 2016 | New Orleans| Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
Duane Morris Partner Saionton Basu to Present at Union Internationale des Avocats 11th Winter Seminar
Mar 5, 2016 | Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France| Hotel Les Aiglons
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak at Association of Public Pension Fund Auditors 2015 Conference
November 4, 2015 | Hilton Head, South Carolina | Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa
The New Deal: Doing Business with India
October 23, 2015 | London | Duane Morris
Key Issues in the Business of Sports: Life After the Game
October 8, 2015 | Miami | di Bistro Moderne
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak at ALI CLE's Course on Employee Benefit Plans of Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plans
September 10, 2015 | Washington, D.C. | Renaissance Washington DC DuPont Circle Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Nolan Atkinson to Speak at the Creating Pathways to Diversity® Conference
June 29, 2015 | Washington, D.C. | Grand Hyatt Washington
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Speak at Women@theTable
June 25, 2015 | Los Angeles, CA | Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie M. Change to Speak at Diversity For Success
June 11, 2015 | Chicago, IL | Hyatt Regency Chicago
Dare to Be You: A Personal Branding Workshop
April 29, 2015 | Boston | Duane Morris LLP
Emerging Opportunities in Cuba – What Businesses Need to Know Now
April 27, 2015 | New York City | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Partner Joseph Burton to Speak at the RSA Conference 2015
April 22, 2015 | San Francisco, CA | Moscone Center
Duane Morris Partner Saionton Basu Will Speak at the Indian Budget 2015 - Tax, Corporate and Regulatory Aspects for Europe
April 21, 2015 | Luxembourg | KPMG
Duane Morris Partner Mauro M. Wolfe to Speak at the MetroLALSA 5th Annual Pa'lante Conference
April 18, 2015 | New York City | Brooklyn Law School
Duane Morris Partners Paul Josephson and Lisa Scruggs to Present at the Seventh Annual New Jersey Charter Schools Conference
March 30, 2015 | Atlantic City, NJ | Bally's Atlantic City
Duane Morris Attorneys Will Speak at the 2015 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar
March 4, 2015 | Tucson, AZ | Loews Ventana Canyon
Duane Morris & Selvam Host the Latin American Summit 2015
March 3, 2015 | Shanghai, China | Ernst & Young
Duane Morris Partner Vicki G. Norton will Speak at the San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association Meeting
February 26, 2015 | San Diego | Del Mar Marriott
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Moderate "The IRS Speaks" at the NAPPA 2015 Winter Seminar
February 11, 2015 | Tempe, AZ | Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
Duane Morris Attorney John Kahn will be a Panelist at the Garden State Bar Association's Panel Discussion "Know Your Rights"
February 11, 2015 | Camden, NJ | Rutgers School of Law Camden
Duane Morris Partner Saionton Basu Will Speak About "Doing Business in India"
February 3, 2015 | London | Royal Holloway, University of London
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Present at the "Committee of 100 Leadership and Mentoring Program"
December 6, 2014 | Rosemead, CA | Panda Restaurant Group Inc. Headquarters
Duane Morris and Selvam Hosts Roundtable Session on "Turkey: New Opportunities for the Asian Investor"
December 2, 2014 | Singapore | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Hosts Roundtable Session "India: New Opportunities for the Asian Investor"
November 18, 2014 | Singapore | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Speak at the NAPABA Pre-Law Conference: Career Panel
November 8, 2014 | Scottsdale, Arizona | The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Speak at The Rise of the AAPI Managing Partners: Wisdom and Stories from the Field
November 7, 2014 | Scottsdale, Arizona | The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Why Diversity and Inclusion Issues Still Matter: Eliminating Bias in the Legal Profession and Our Community
October 29, 2014 | San Francisco | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Speak at the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act: Our Responsibilities as Lawyers-A Time to Celebrate, Reflect and Recommit
October 24, 2014 | San Francisco | San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe to Speak at the International Bar Association's Annual Conference 2014
October 20, 2014 | Tokyo | Tokyo International Forum
Duane Morris Partner Saionton Basu to Speak at Doing Business in India-The Legal & Regulatory Framework Explained
October 13, 2014 | London | CCT Venues-Barbican
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak at the ALI CLE's Course on Employee Benefit Plans of Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers
September 12, 2014 | Washington, D.C. | Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Moderate Panel on "Leadership in the Boardroom"
August 1, 2014 | Los Angeles | The California Club
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Speak at the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association Summer Associate Mixer
July 16, 2014 | Los Angeles | Bonaventure Brewing Co.
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak at the NAPPA 2014 Legal Education Conference
June 26, 2014 | Nashville | Sheraton Nashville Downtown
Duane Morris Partner Lisa Scruggs to Speak at the Shriver Center's 2014 National Law and Policy Dialogue Series
May 19, 2014 | Chicago | Duane Morris
Duane Morris Partner Joseph Burton to Speak at the ISMG Fraud Summit 2014
April 29, 2014 | San Francisco | Marriott Marquis
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang to Speak at ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Spring Conference
April 24, 2014 | Carlsbad, California | Park Hyatt Aviara
Duane Morris Associate John Kahn Will Speak at the New Jersey State Bar Association's Transition Into Practice Series (TIPS) Program
March 19, 2014 | New Brunswick, NJ | New Jersey Law Center
Duane Morris Attorneys Ray Wong, Terrance Evans and Tom Newman To Speak at the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar
March 6-7, 2014 | Tuscon, AZ | Loews Ventana Canyon
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak at the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys Winter Seminar
February 20, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
Duane Morris Partner Cyndie Chang Served as a Panelist at the Phoenix Rising MCLE Workshop
January 11, 2014 | Los Angeles | Loyola Law School
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe Will Present "Assembling the Pieces: Assessing Roles and Responsibilities in Producing Effective and Responsive Internal Investigations Team"
November 18, 2013 | Webinar
Duane Morris Attorneys Eduardo Ramos-Gómez and Rosa Ertze to Speak at Mexico's Legal and Business Forum"
October 17, 2013 | Bensalem, Pennsylvania | Holy Family University
Duane Morris Attorney Natalie F. Hrubos to Present at the 2013 EEOC Philadelphia Training Institute Seminar
September 16, 2013 | Philadelphia | Hilton Philadelphia Airport
Duane Morris Partner Andrew Hahn to Moderate Panel on "Demystifying the Process of Becoming a Successful Neutral"
March 28, 2013 | New York City
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe to Speak on "Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: What You Need to Know About SEC and DOJ Enforcement"
March 15, 2013 | Atlanta | Hyatt Buckhead
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Discuss "Privatization and the Impact on Governmental Plans"
February 7, 2013 | Washington, D.C. | The Capital Hilton
Duane Morris Partner Neville Bilimoria to Speak on ?Marketing As Per The Final Privacy Rule: Review and Analysis of Significant Changes?
December 7, 2012 | Philadelphia | The Union League
Duane Morris Partner Vicki Norton to Explore "Cabilly III and Other Notable Antibody Patents"
December 2, 2012 | San Diego | Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Hector Chichoni to Provide "Immigration Law Update"
September 22, 2012 | Miami | Hilton Miami Downtown
Duane Morris to Co-Sponsor the Crystal Academy Primary School Fundraiser
September 20, 2012 | Miami | Crave Restaurant
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak on "Retirement, Deferred Compensation, and Welfare Plans of Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers"
September 20, 2012 | Washington, D.C. | Washington Plaza Hotel
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Discuss "The Bells and Whistles of Persuasion"
July 20, 2012 | Philadelphia | Philadelphia Convention Center
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe to Speak on "Ethics and Anti-Corruption Enforcement"
July 12, 2012 | New York City | Practising Law Institute
Duane Morris Partner Terrance J. Evans to Talk About "How to Make Partner During Uncertain Economic Times"
June 25, 2012| San Francisco | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Partner Vicki Norton to Examine "How the Dynamics of Biosimilars Are Changing the Hatch-Waxman Landscape"
June 25, 2012 | San Diego | Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Duane Morris Associate Natalie Hrubos to Discuss "Both Sides Now: Employee & Employer Perspectives on Transgender Workplace Law"
June 1, 2012 | Philadelphia | Philadelphia Convention Center
Duane Morris Partner Susan Kayser to Provide "ACF/Assisted Living Legal Update"
May 22, 2012 | Saratoga Springs, NY | Saratoga Hilton Hotel & Conference Center
Duane Morris Partner Lauren DeBruicker to Discuss "Lawyers with Disabilities: Personal Strategies for Success"
May 8, 2012 | Washington, D.C. | Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Neville Bilimoria to Discuss "Managing Risk for the Agency: Current Legal Issues for CILAS: A New Era of Increased Enforcement of DD Facilities"
May 4, 2012 | Orlando, Florida | Rosen Plaza Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe to Speak at 2012 HNBA 3rd Annual Midyear Corporate Counsel Conference
March 28, 2012 | Jersey City, New Jersey | The Westin Jersey City Newport
Duane Morris Partner Terrance Evans to Discuss "Please Excuse the Delay: The Consequences of Untimely Notice, Slow Investigation, and the Failure to Communicate"
March 2, 2012 | Tuscon, Arizona | Loews Ventana Canyon
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Discuss "Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Determination of Governmental Plan Status"
February 9, 2012 | Washington, D.C. | The Dupont Circle Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Vanessa Hew to Speak at the Copyright and Technology 2011 Conference
November 30, 2011 | New York City | Manhattan Penthouse
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Speak at the ALI-ABA Silver Anniversary Advanced Course of Study
September 15, 2011 | Washington, D.C. | Washington Plaza Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe to Present at Hispanic National Bar Association's 36th Annual Convention
August 31, 2011 | Dallas | Sheraton Hotel
Duane Morris Attorneys Dawnn Briddell and Christopher Soriano to Speak at Pa. Bar Institute Seminar
August 30, 2011 | Philadelphia | CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building
Duane Morris Attorney Cyndie Chang to Present at 2011 NAPABA Annual Convention
November 19, 2011 | Atlanta | Omni Hotel at CNN Center
Duane Morris Partner Terrance Evans to Present at National Business Institute's Advanced Issues in Foreclosure Seminar
July 14, 2011 | Oakland, California | Marriott City Center
Duane Morris Partner Lauren DeBruicker to Present at "The Future of the Disability Housing Market" Program
June 14, 2011 | Philadelphia | Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Room
Duane Morris to Host United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Reception
June 27, 2011 | New York City | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Partner John Nixon to Present at the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys Legal Education Conference
June 22, 2011 | Seattle | Renaissance Seattle Hotel
A Rising Asia: Developments and Opportunities from on the Ground in Singapore
March 28, March 30, April 4, 2011 | New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe to Speak at ABA's Sections of Litigation and Criminal Justice Joint Annual Conference
April 13, 2011 | Miami | Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Mauro Wolfe to Speak at Hispanic National Bar Association 2011 Mid-Year Corporate Counsel Conference
March 9, 2011 | New Orleans | Intercontinental Hotel
Duane Morris Partner Sheila Hollis to Present at the Practising Law Institute's First Annual Energy and Environmental Law with the University of Houston Law Center
February 3, 2011 | Houston | Bracewell & Giuliani
Duane Morris Counsel Attorney Jane Dalton to Present at Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar
March 22, 2011 | Philadelphia | CLE Conference Center
Duane Morris Attorney Cyndie Chang to Co-Chair and Moderate Panel at the 22nd Annual NAPABA Convention INSPIRE
November 20, 2010 | Los Angeles | JW Marriott Hotel
Duane Morris and TerraLex® to Present "Doing Business in Latin America" Program and Reception
September 27, 2010 | Philadelphia | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Co-Sponsors Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Diversity Executives Breakfast
April 8, 2010 | Philadelphia | Duane Morris LLP
Asian-American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts' Third Annual Speed Mentoring Night
January 28, 2010 | Boston | Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris Partner Sheila Slocum Hollis to Moderate Roundtable Discussion at South Asia Women in Energy Executive Exchange
May 12, 2009 | Washington, D.C. | U.S. Energy Association
Using Technology to “Ramp” Accessibility Barriers in the Legal Profession
By Ruth Dapper and Bryce Young | American Inns of Court | November/December 2015
Shark Fin Soup Off the Menus After Supreme Court Declines to Hear Ban of State Law
By April Bamburg | Northern California Record | June 30, 2016
The Leading Ladies of Chicago Law Firms: Lisa Scruggs, Duane Morris
By Kerrie Kennedy | Chicago Lawyer | May 9, 2016
Duane Morris Shepherds $2 Billion in Financing for LNG Plants
Staff Writer | Daily Business Review | May 7, 2016
Perspective: What We Can Learn From NCAA Diversity
By Joseph K. West | Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business | April 6, 2016
All Inclusive: MCC Interview With Joe West
By Staff Writer | Metropolitan Corporate Counsel | January 2016
New Philadelphia Diversity Chief Will Draw From Law Firm Life
By Gina Passarella | The Legal Intelligencer | November 23, 2015
Businesses Hail Philadelphia Turning to Nolan Atkinson as First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
By Damon C. Williams | The Philadelphia Tribune | November 20, 2015
Nolan Atkinson Jr. Named City of Philadelphia's First Chief Diversity Officer
Damon C. Williams | The Philadelphia Tribune | November 17, 2015
MCCA CEO Joseph K. West to Lead Duane Morris' Diversity Initiatives
Gina Passarella | The Legal Intelligencer | November 5, 2015
Retreats for Diverse Lawyers
By Patrick Folliard | Diversity & the Bar | September/October 2015
Attorneys Across America: Featuring Cyndie Chang
By Janet Wallace | Ms. JD | March 17, 2015
By Cyndie M. Chang and Paul J. Killion | Los Angeles Lawyer | January 2015
Playing Defense Against Restitution Orders
By Jason Ohta and Dan Terzian | American Banker | December 31, 2014
Duane Morris Attorney Christopher Yeh Wins Firm's 2014 Pro Bono Award
November 13, 2014
India Is Ripe For Investment -- 7 Key Issues For Investors
By Saionton Basu | Law360 | September 29, 2014
Duane Morris London Adds Corporate Partner Saionton Basu
September 18, 2014
4 Steps to Getting Serious About Law Firm Cybersecurity
By Joseph M. Burton | Law Practice Today | September 15, 2014
What the Same-Sex Marriage Decision Means — From a Legal Perspective
John A. Nixon and Timothy B. Collins | Philadelphia Business Journal | May 22, 2014
Non-Binary Gender Identities in the Workplace
Natalie F. Hrubos | The Legal Intelligencer | May 20, 2014
New Guard at Duane Morris: Young Leaders with Deep Ties
By Joshua Sebold | Los Angeles Daily Journal | May 1, 2014
New Board Chair at Inglis is Quite Able, Thank You
By Natalie Pompilio | The Philadelphia Inquirer | January 29, 2014
Lauren DeBruicker Elected as Inglis' New Board Chair
By Maiken Scott | NewsWorks | October 16, 2013
Duane Morris Goes Purple In Support of LGBT Community on Spirit Day
October 16, 2013
New York State Bar International Section to Meet in Hanoi
October 15, 2013
Duane Morris Opens Office in Myanmar
By Hank Grezlak and Zack Needles | The Legal Intelligencer | September 11, 2013
A First: U.S. Firm Opens in Myanmar
By Ashby Jones | WSJ Law Blog | September 10, 2013
Duane Morris Becomes First U.S Law Firm to Open in Myanmar
By Jeff Blumenthal | Philadelphia Business Journal | September 10, 2013
Just One Philly Law Firm Recognized as Best for Women
By Jeff Blumenthal | Philadelphia Business Journal | August 6, 2013
CEO Leadership in Action Awards: John Soroko
Profiles in Diversity Journal | March/April 2013
Duane Morris Names Ten Attorneys to Partnership
Profiles in Diversity Journal | March/April 2013
Lauren DeBruicker: Advocate on Wheels
By Tom Calarco | Diversity & the Bar | March/April 2013
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association: Developing a New Generation of Leaders
By Dianne Hayes | Diversity & the Bar | January/February 2013
Rosanne Ciambrone: Making the Best of Difficult Bankruptcy Situations
By Keith D. Picher | Leading Lawyers Network Magazine--Women's Edition | 2012
Duane Morris Names 10 Attorneys to Partnership
January 7, 2013
Duane Morris Named One of the "50 Best Law Firms for Women"
November 13, 2012
Duane Morris Dons Purple for GLAAD's Spirit Day
October 19, 2012
How to Build a Trans-Inclusive Work Environment: Three Key Lessons Every Employer Can Learn From Chaz Bono
By Natalie Hrubos | The Philadelphia Lawyer | Spring 2012
Please Excuse the Delay: The Consequences of Untimely Notice, Slow Investigation, and the Failure to Communicate
By Terrance Evans, J.James Cooper, Katherine Mast and Miles Holden | ABA Section of Litigation | February 16, 2012
Duane Morris & Selvam Hosts PE Seminar in Singapore
By Staff Writer | Asian Legal Business | February 9, 2012
Views from the Top: The Promise of Myanmar
By Staff Writer | The Business Times Singapore | February 6, 2012
FDA's Draft Guidance on "Biosimilar" Pathway Leaves Key Questions on Specific Clinical Data Requirements and Interchangeability Unanswered
By Vicki G. Norton, Ph.D. and Siegfried J.W. Ruppert, Ph.D. | GenericsWeb | February 2012
Indonesia: Sukuk Dreams
By Ranajit Dam | Asian Legal Business | January 31, 2012
Duane Morris Diversity Program Named Finalist for PR News' Corporate Responsibility Award
Duane Morris Press Release | January 19, 2012
Asia by the Back Door
By Anthony Lin | The American Lawyer | October 31, 2011
Speak Up: Find Your Authentic Voice
By Jane Leslie Dalton | Philadelphia Bar Association Women in the Profession Newsletter | July 2011
Duane Morris Enters Latin America With Mexico City Alliance
By Gina Passarella | The Legal Intelligencer | June 21, 2011
U.S. FDA Proposes User Fees for Biosimilar Products Comparable to Fees for Branded Biologic Drugs
Vicki G. Norton, Ph.D. | INNsight | June 2011
Defense of Marriage Act: What Should Same-Sex Couples Do?
By Thomas Wechter | AICPA Tax Insider | May 12, 2011
Righting an Ancient Wrong
By Nolan N. Atkinson, Jr. | The Philadelphia Lawyer | Spring 2011
Robert Archie and Nolan Atkinson Named to The Legal Intelligencer's 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year
Staff Writer | The Legal Intelligencer | March 8, 2011
Inclusion Is Not Just Black and White
By Mary Farrell Robinson | Legal Management | November/December 2010
Confirming Black Lawyer's Admission to State Bar, Pa. Supreme Court Will "Right an Ancient Wrong" By Kristin Holmes | The Philadelphia Inquirer | October 20, 2010
State Bar to Right Injustice from 1868. Black Lawyer to Gain Access Posthumously By Joyce Gannon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 18, 2010
The Next Phase of Diversity Initiatives: Continued Opportunities for Diverse Attorneys By Won-Joon Kouh and T. John Lin | The Legal Intelligencer | April 20, 2009
Leading Law Firm Rainmakers: Ray L. Wong
Staff Writer | Diversity & the Bar | November-December 2008
Awards Honor Efforts to Promote Diversity and Public Interest
By Amaris Elliott-Engel | The Legal Intelligencer | December 17, 2008
India Looms As Next Possible Big Legal Market for Firms
By Gina Passarella | The Legal Intelligencer | September 3, 2008
Duane Morris Names Chief Diversity Officer
By Gina Passarella | The Legal Intelligencer | August 10, 2007
Duane Morris Opens Office in Singapore, Vietnam to Follow
By Leigh Miller | GlobalAtlanta.com | January 31, 2007
Business Development Takes Lawyer to a Changing India
By Jerry Crimmins | Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 29, 2007
Duane Morris Enters Singapore Market; Firm Makes Plans for Vietnam Offices
By Gina Passarella | The Legal Intelligencer | January 17, 2007
Diversity and inclusion are key components of the firm's recruiting and retention programs. In fact, Duane Morris is the 2012 recipient of the George B. Vashon Innovator Award presented by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) for innovative best practices by a law firm in Recruitment and Retention.
Duane Morris actively participates in diversity job fairs, including the MCCA/Vault Diversity Career Fair, the Philadelphia Area Minority Job Fair, the Southeastern Minority Job Fair and the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Job Fair Program, for which it has been a major sponsor. The firm interviews at historically black law schools, including Howard University, Texas Southern University, Southern University and North Carolina Central University.
Duane Morris uses women- and/or minority-owned executive search/recruiting firms in connection with lateral hires. Our efforts at improving recruitment of diverse attorneys were also noted by the Vault/MCCA Guide to Law Firm Diversity Programs, which singled out Duane Morris for being one of "only a handful of firms that engage minority- and/or women-owned search firms for lateral recruitment."
Duane Morris is also a full participant in the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG), a consortium of major area law firms and corporations. This means that Duane Morris will hire a 1L student who comes from a diverse background for a summer clerkship at Duane Morris. Duane Morris is a founding member of PDLG. Duane Morris counts among its permanent associates two diverse students from the PDLG program.
In addition to the formal Duane Morris mentoring system, a requirement of all Diversity and Inclusion Committee members is to mentor one or two diverse associates in the firm. At Diversity and Inclusion Committee meetings, mentors provide feedback on how diverse associates are doing. The billable hours for each diverse associate are reviewed so that appropriate action can be taken. The goal of the committee is to be proactive and intervene whenever there is an associate who is experiencing difficulty for any reason.
Duane Morris LLP Supplier Diversity Policy
It is the policy of Duane Morris LLP that in acquiring goods and services we maintain an environment that promotes, increases and improves the quality of the overall participation of a widely diverse group of business enterprises. Duane Morris is committed to identifying diverse suppliers that can add value to our supply chain and provide an opportunity to increase our value to our clients. The Executive Committee of Duane Morris has assigned to the Chief Diversity Officer the responsibility for executive advocacy, support and oversight of the Supplier Diversity Initiative.
The Chief Operating Officer of Duane Morris shall select a Supplier Diversity Leader to manage and oversee this initiative for Duane Morris. The Supplier Diversity Leader shall develop a Supplier Diversity Initiative that includes goals, strategies, monitoring and plan for implementation.
The Supplier Diversity Leader and the Chief Diversity Officer shall jointly identify and establish annual supplier diversity goals. Either of them and/or their designee(s) shall represent Duane Morris externally with supplier diversity organizations and networks; serve as a recruiter for diverse suppliers and assist Duane Morris staff with achieving annual supplier diversity goals.
Duane Morris LLP Supplier Diversity Plan
Step I. Publish the Diversity Policy
The firm's approved Supplier Diversity policy has been posted on the firm intranet and on www.duanemorris.com.
Step II. Develop the firm's Supplier Diversity Plan
- Definition – the Supplier Diversity Plan is the action plan which describes the sequence of steps through which vendor information passes from the time a new vendor is created until a decision is reached as to inclusion or exclusion in the diverse vendor data base. The firm is tracking and documenting Tier I (Direct Spend) Purchases from certified vendors meeting the criteria listed in 3. Components.
- Purpose – the Plan will serve as a guide that defines the Firm's Supplier Diversity goals and steps necessary to achieve those goals. It is a dynamic tool and will be revised and expanded periodically.
- Components – the Firm will count as diverse any vendor which is certified to be one or more of the following:
Service Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOB);
Small Disadvantaged-Owned (SDB);
Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual-Owned (LGTB);
HUBZone Small Business.
Further information about each category is listed on the Supplier Classification Form, which is provided to new vendors for the purpose of collecting diverse information.
Any firm that completes and signs the Classification Form (or provides their own form) will be listed as Diverse in subsequent purchasing reports.
- Implementation – Upon notice of creation of a new vendor, the Supplier Diversity Leader will send an Introductory Letter, blank Classification Form and business reply envelope to the vendor address listed with the account.
The Supplier Diversity Leader will compile the results of returned, completed Classification Forms and add relevant information to the vendor's profile.
In the event that Classification Forms are not returned within three weeks, a reminder will be sent.
- Goals – the goals of the program, in terms of recognized Diverse Suppliers as a percentage of the total dollars spent for goods and services, will be determined and revised by the Supplier Diversity Committee. Our goal in 2011 is a diverse spend of Tier I (direct purchases) that exceeds 8.48%.
- Reporting – reports will be provided upon request by the Supplier Diversity Leader for any time periods required, i.e. year to year, quarter by quarter, year to date, etc.
These reports contain graphs which detail the percentage of diverse spending by categories, diverse spending as a percentage of the whole and by categories within the Minority-Owned umbrella. See below.
- Training – the Supplier Diversity Leader will offer training upon request to attorneys and staff that express an interest in assisting with the Supplier Diversity Program.
- Oversight – Oversight for the Supplier Diversity Plan is the responsibility of the Supplier Diversity Leader, reporting to the Director of Office Services, the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Diversity Officer.
- Promotion – A plan for promoting the Supplier Diversity Program internally and externally will be developed by the Supplier Diversity Committee.
- Looking forward – The Purchasing Department currently collects Tier II Supplier Diversity data. A program to expand this program to other administrative departments will be pursued.