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For years, King & Spalding lawyers have been involved in community and professional organizations and have participated in efforts and programs aimed at increasing diversity within their communities. Many of our lawyers held, or currently hold, leadership positions or significant roles in community groups and local bar associations. The following examples highlight our commitment to diversity within the legal community.

Leadership in the Legal Community

  • Austin associate Myrna Salinas Baumann serves as a member of the board of directors for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas. She also is a member of the Rice University Next Generation Task Force, an alumni organization for the university.

  • Houston senior associate Juliet McBride was selected for the State Bar of Texas 2014-2015 leadership class. One of the main goals of the leadership program is to increase the state bar diversity, and only a limited number of attorneys are nominated to participate.

  • Atlanta partners Tish McDonald and Sam Matchett are members of the board of governors for the State Bar of Georgia.

  • Caline Mouawad, New York partner, was appointed as chair of the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association for a three-year term.

  • New York partner Wendy Waszmer is co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Jay Harris, Atlanta partner, serves on the board of the NALP Foundation. The mission of the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education is to improve the quality and delivery of legal services by advancing excellence in strategic and practical organizational leadership; effective management of legal personnel; professional development of lawyers; access to and diversity within the profession; and ethical practices and professionalism.

  • Atlanta partner Joe Loveland serves on the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, which runs various public service training programs for women and minority lawyers.

  • Oliver Dunlap, senior attorney in our San Francisco office serves on the Board of Director of the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC). The JCYC provides a continuum of care to youth from pre-school to college, to families from across Northern California’s diverse ethnic and cultural groups. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the State Bar’s Conference of California Bar Associations, and on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Delegation to the Conference of California Bar Associations.

  • New York counsel Isabel Fernandez de la Cuesta is a member of the International Law Association’s Feminism and International Law Committee, which works on pertinent issues such as the status of international conventions on refugees and international conventions against sex slavery and trading, and similar issues.

  • Elizabeth Silbert, Atlanta partner, was appointed as the Atlanta representative for the ICC’s Young Arbitrators Forum Regional Coordinating Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Advisory Council of the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation.

  • Sarah Borders, Atlanta Partner, is a Member of Women's Subcommittee for Commercial Real Estate Finance Conference and is a member of IWIRC (International Women In Restructuring Conference) 11th Circuit Regent for the American College of Bankruptcy. She is also a member of the Board of University of Virginia Law School Foundation and a Member of Dean's Council for LSU School of Business.

  • In 2015, Bobby Burchfield, Washington D.C. partner, served as Vice Chair of Wake Forest University Board of Trustees, served as Member of George Washington Law School Dean’s Board of Advisers, and delivered the Commencement Address/ diZerenga Lecture at George Washington Law School.

  • Sam Choy, Atlanta Partner, was the Key Note Speaker at the 2015 Korean-American Young Professions Night, Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta and the Korean American Coalition, Atlanta Chapter where he spoke on the “Importance of Professional Development”.

  • David Farber, Washington D.C. partner, in on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee.

  • Elizabeth Fite, Atlanta Associate, is on the Executive Committee for the State Bar of Georgia and the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia.

  • Gary Grindler, Washington, D.C. partner, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

  • Karyn D. Heavenrich, Atlanta Associate, serves on the board of the Georgia chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, an organization dedicated to serving women in the financial restructuring industry.

  • Atlanta counsel Randy Butterfield serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and is the chair of its legal committee

  • Washington, D.C., partner Alan Dial is Vice Chair of Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee, American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law, the leading professional organization for antitrust and competition law, trade regulation, consumer protection and economics. Alan also served as a faculty member at the past three biennial International Cartel Workshop sponsored by the American Bar Association’s section of antitrust law and the International Bar Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rome, Italy and Tokyo, Japan.

  • Cory Hohnbaum, Charlotte, Partner, is Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Committee of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and he is also the President of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association.

  • Joe Loveland, Atlanta Partner, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Center for Human Rights.

  • Nikki Reeves, Washington, D.C. partner is on the Leadership Advisory Committee of the National Women’s Law Center.

  • Bobby Woo, Atlanta Partner is Co-Chair of Mass Tort Committee of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

  • Elizabeth Adler, Atlanta Senior Associate, is on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Bar Association Litigation section.

  • Misty Peterson, Atlanta Counsel, is on the Board of the Stonewall Bar Association.

  • Charlotte Partner, Antonio Lewis, was a panelist at Duke University Law School’s Black History Month Panel.

Activities and Support for Students

  • King & Spalding has established a national diversity fellowship program for law students as part of its ongoing efforts to increase ethnic and cultural diversity in the firm and the legal profession. The King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program awards fellowships to up to four qualified second-year students who show promise of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community. Each recipient receives a $10,000 stipend and a summer associate clerkship at one of King & Spalding's offices in the United States the summer following the completion of his or her second year of law school. The Program is available to students with an ethnically or culturally diverse background.

  • King & Spalding participates in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Mentor Program, which pairs first-year law students from diverse backgrounds with experienced lawyers to mentor them both during law school and afterward, as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers.

  • King & Spalding participates in LCLD’s 1L Scholars Program, designed to give diverse first-year law students the opportunity to work in a legal environment and encourage retention in law school and the legal field. In 2015, the firm hosted two scholars in the Atlanta office and one in the Washington, D.C., office.

  • In 2015, King & Spalding hosted the eighth annual Justice Robert Benham Law Camp, which provides 20-25 Atlanta-area minority high school students with exposure to the field of law. The program was founded and is chaired by King & Spalding partner Harold E. Franklin, Jr., under the auspices of the Gate City Bar Association.

  • Jack Capers, Atlanta partner, is on the board of directors of the Atlanta chapter of The Posse Foundation, which sends graduates from inner-city high schools to top 100 colleges on full, four-year scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected from nominations made by school principals,  guidance counselors, teachers and community organizations.

  • In 2015, King & Spalding awarded 20 diverse students with scholarships to Law Preview, a six day intensive preparatory course on how to succeed in law school.

  • King & Spalding’s Atlanta office hosted the Gate City Bar Association and Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys’ Mock Interview/ Resume Review Workshop, during which participants went through interviews with the firm’s attorneys in order to prepare for on-campus and job interviews.

  • King & Spalding lawyers and summer associates played a leading role in the Youth About Business (YAB) Southeast Summer Business Camp hosted by the Emory Goizueta Business School. YAB is an innovative approach to exposing high school students from diverse backgrounds to the world of high-level corporate finance. Fifty-four students, including 21 from eight Atlanta-area high schools, visited the firm and met with summer associates, who counseled the YAB students on the legal aspects of merger/acquisition simulations. King & Spalding also hosted the local judging competition at the firm’s Atlanta office.

  • King & Spalding partnered with clients UPS and The Coca-Cola Company in Street Law, Inc.’s Corporate Diversity Pipeline Program, aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession by providing students with role models, connections with legal professionals and the opportunity to experience the types of work lawyers do. UPS and King & Spalding lawyers and staff visited Maynard Jackson High School to teach the students about careers in labor and employment law, intellectual property law and contracts law. Firm lawyers partnered with The Coca-Cola Company’s Legal Division and Emory Law School to teach classes at Benjamin E. Mays and D. M. Therrell high schools. At King & Spalding’s Atlanta office, students also participated in mock jury selections and attended presentations on succeeding in college, resume preparation and interview tips.

  • Fifteen lawyers and staff from the firm’s Washington, D.C., office participated in the Thurgood Marshall Academy tutoring program. The program brings 11th- and 12th-grade students to law firms each week to work with attorneys and paralegals who provide academic support and mentoring. Thurgood Marshall Academy is a college preparatory public charter high school opened in 2001 with the mission of preparing students for success in college and instilling an understanding of democracy and advocacy, for themselves and others.

  • For the fourth year, the firm’s Houston office mentored a high school student intern from the Fort Bend School District’s gifted and talented program. As part of the program, the intern spent five hours per week with members of the firm’s global transactions practice, learning legal aspects of the global energy industry and ultimately delivering a presentation to a panel of professionals.

  • King & Spalding hosted study breaks with the Black Student Associations at Georgia State University, Wake Forest University, Duke University, the University of Georgia, Georgia State University and Mercer University during the exam periods. King & Spalding attorneys spoke about exam preparation, applying to law firms and law firm life, and also answered students’ questions to help guide them in their legal careers.

  • Atlanta partner Bobby Woo gave a presentation guiding 1L students on legal research at The Coca-Cola Company summer intern program and was subsequently invited to present to the Georgia State University Law School’s Asian American law students. Bobby also attended Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association Mentor Lunches for local Asian Pacific American law students.

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