Diversity News and Events
Fisher Phillips was the Proud Sponsor of The Women, Diversity & Law Summit
Fisher Phillips was proud to sponsor The Women, Diversity & Law Summit: Atlanta where our attorney Crystal Enekwa spoke about furthering diversity in the legal industry. The Women, Diversity & Law Summit explores how to create lasting change for women and minorities in the legal profession with topics such as: advocating for yourself and others, the best techniques to deal with discrimination and unconscious bias, actionable ways to increase diversity in leadership roles, strategies to enhance your career, and how to best utilize sponsors and mentors.
Fisher Phillips Columbus Office Hosts Midwest Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association
The Columbus office hosted a meet and greet on Friday for the Midwest Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. The reception was facilitated by the Cleveland office’s summer intern, Joseph Nelson (not pictured). Attached is a picture of the Columbus office and the Board members from NBLSA that attended.
Fisher Phillips Partner Annie Lau Selected as Leadership Council on Legal Diversity 2018 Fellow
Fisher Phillips announces that Partner Annie Lau has been selected to serve as a member of the 2018 Fellows Program for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Annie joins a class of 293 experienced attorneys from around the United States who are committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession.
“Annie excels in promoting leadership and inclusiveness in our office and across the firm, and she is the perfect fit for this distinguished group,” said Jason Geller, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco office. “This honor is well deserved and we are proud of her accomplishments.”
Founded in 2009, LCLD is a national organization of chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are committed to increasing diversity and inclusivity in the legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program is a highly structured initiative built to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation’s top law firms and corporate legal departments. Since its launch in 2011, the Fellows Program has trained more than a thousand mid-career attorneys, helping identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
A partner in the firm’s San Francisco office, Annie defends employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with an emphasis in single-plaintiff discrimination and harassment litigation claims. She represents construction firms and manufacturing and retail companies in wage and hour, disability and leave management matters, as well as layoff claims related to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Prior to joining the San Francisco office in 2015, Annie worked in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices, and she is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Bar Association. She worked as a human resources manager for Aramark Corp. before becoming an attorney.
Annie earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law (2008) and her B.S. from Cornell University (2003).
Program Helps Law Firms See Progress in Gender Diversity—But is it Enough?
Fisher Phillips is honored to be recognized as a U.S. firm that is implementing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers and fostering environments committed to achieving that success.
In the article, "Program Helps Law Firms See Progress in Gender Diversity—But is it Enough?", the ABA Journal reported on Working Mother Media’s Best Law Firms for Women initiative in which Fisher Phillips was ranked 5th in its grouping.
“One of the things I’ve been struck by in my work on the initiative this year is the value law firms attach to being involved,” says Karen Kaplowitz, a former trial lawyer and special adviser to the Best Law Firms initiative. “They’ve told us how important it is to the law firms that they get on this list and that they stay on this list. It has real value to them in their diversity and inclusion efforts—including recruiting law students and laterals.”
Janet Hendrick Selected to National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Women in Law
Janet Hendrick, a partner in the Dallas office of national labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips has been named as one of Dallas’ Top 50 Women in Law by the National Diversity Council, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting the legal community. Selection was based on the following criteria:
- Receives a high degree of peer recognition for leadership excellence and professional expertise
- Exemplifies a noteworthy commitment to fairness, equity and justice in client representation and professional collaborations
- Maintains a superior level of integrity and dignity across the full spectrum of legal dealings and responsibilities
- Demonstrates commitment to helping other women succeed
The National Diversity Council will honor all awardees during Dallas Legal Diversity Week November 7-9, 2017.
Hendrick is an experienced employment litigator and advisor who regularly represents employers in state and federal court to defend against varied employment-related claims. She is a sought-after speaker and author on topics including diversity in the legal profession, evolving workplace protections of LGBT employees, and workplace accommodations and leave management.
Deeply committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession, Hendrick brings her passion to the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council, and is an active member of the National Association of Women Lawyers and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the firm’s Associate Development and Retention Committee and the labor and employment law sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association.
“We are so proud that Janet was chosen to be part of this elite group,” said Michael V. Abcarian, managing partner of the Fisher Phillips’ Dallas office. “Her contributions to firm clients and development of our Dallas office have been both exceptional and invaluable. Janet’s recognition as one of Dallas’ Top 50 Women in Law is well-deserved.”
The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys
Fisher Phillips has been recognized for its strong dedication to the support and advancement of women by inclusion on both Working Mother magazine’s 2017 list of the 50 “Best Law Firms for Women” and Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys,” which both recognize U.S. firms implementing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers and fostering environments committed to achieving that success.
Law360 grouped firms based on U.S. attorney headcount in order to evaluate them with similar-sized peers. They then excluded any firm that had below-average female representation at even a single level of the firm, and ranked the rest based on their percentage of female attorneys both at the nonpartner and partner level.
Fisher Phillips ranked 5th in its grouping, with an aggregate workforce that is over 40 percent female.
The Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association is pleased to provide free legal consultation to citizens through the annual Ask-A-Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Co-chairing this event is Attorney Sidney Minter, who has helped secure 7 locations across the State of North Carolina where volunteer attorneys will be answering legal questions for members of the public.
Attorneys will be available to answer questions at the following locations: Burlington, Burnsville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Cary and Wilmington.
To learn more about this event and its locations, please click here.
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorney’s on Gender Equity in the Workplace
Natasha Banks and Stacey McReynolds hosted a luncheon March 30, 2017 in the Atlanta office with the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorney’s on Gender Equity in the Workplace. The panelists included our own Mairen Kelly, Keisha Hudson, Chair and Lead Instructor of Paralegal Studies at Atlanta Technical College, and Professor Greg Lewis, PhD, Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The moderator was Adwoa Ghartey-Tagoe Seymour of Cox Enterprises, Inc. The discussion focused on the legal and the dynamic issues related to gender equity at places of employment, what “gender equity” means in the current climate, the protections available to the employer and the employee, the history and current trends of gender equity, and whether gender equity is only about equal pay and promotion. Over 30 individuals attended including the current president of GABWA, Ms. Tori Silas, and the incoming president for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (“GAWL”), Ms. Michelle West. GABWA offered CLE credit for this event as well.
Janet Hendrick to Speak at Inaugural Texas LGBT - Allies Diversity Summit Series
Attorney Janet Hendrick will be speaking at the Inaugural Texas LGBT - Allies Diversity Summit Series in Dallas, TX on May 18, 2017.
This event will promote the advancement of work place equality for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people while providing valuable discourse to today’s leading organizations.
Sidney Minter Co-Chairs 4ALL Statewide Service Day in Charlotte
Sidney Minter co-chaired the Charlotte call center for the 10th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day on Friday, March 3. As part of a public service program of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, more than 500 attorneys – from Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and private practitioners – volunteered to staff seven call centers statewide. WBTV – which has served as the Charlotte 4ALL media partner for the past 10 years – hosted the Charlotte site where more than 70 volunteer attorneys answered calls from the public.
Fisher Phillips Honors JoAnne Epps with Business Leadership in Diversity Award
Temple University's Executive Vice President and Provost JoAnne Epps was recognized for her commitment to law education, student success, diversity and social justice. Fisher Phillips Partners Lori Armstrong Halber and Rick Grimaldi presented the award at a reception hosted by the firm on December 12, 2016 in New York City during Pennsylvania Society Weekend.