Bryan Cave Joins Trans Legal Advisory Council
Bryan Cave was recently invited to join the Advisory Council of the Trans Legal Services Network of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) in Washington, D.C. The request was presented to the firm’s LGBT affinity group who very positively responded in favor of undertaking this effort. With a recommendation for consideration from the pro bono committee, the Management Committee agreed for the firm to take on this new venture. We look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship with this organization as we further expand our LGBT pro bono activities.
The NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. They launched a Trans Legal Services Network last year that brings together organizations across the country providing name and gender change services and other essential legal services to transgender communities. To support the work of the Network organizations, they created an Advisory Council of law firms dedicated to providing pro bono legal support to the Network. The Advisory Council takes on projects such as writing Name and Gender Change Guides in various states, advising non-profits on legal issues, and other projects aimed at improving and expanding the capacity of Network organizations to provide legal services to trans communities.
Perfect Score on HRC Corporate Equality Index
For the eighth year in a row, Bryan Cave has earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
“The CEI is considered the gold standard in evaluating employer policies and practices on LGBT issues,” said firm Chair Therese Pritchard. “We are proud to once again earn 100 percent in this important evaluation. This demonstrates our continued commitment to making the firm a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone, and specifically for our LGBT colleagues.”
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Bryan Cave Partner Assumes Role as President of NAPABA
On November 8, Bryan Cave Partner George Chen was sworn into office as President of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (“NAPABA”) at the organization’s 26th Annual Convention, “Convergence: Collaborating for a Grand Tomorrow,” in Scottsdale, AZ. Chen will serve as President for the fiscal year 2014-2015. In 2015-2016, he will serve as Immediate Past President and will be sworn into office on November 7, 2015 in New Orleans, LA. Chen has been a member of NAPABA since 1999 holding various positions within the national organization including Treasurer, Vice President for Programs and Operations, Southwest Regional Governor, and President-Elect.
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LGBT Lawyers Affinity Group Holds Annual Meeting
Bryan Cave's LGBT lawyers affinity group held their annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on October 23rd and 24th. Firm chair Terry Pritchard; executive committee member and D.C. office managing partner LaDawn Naegle; executive committee member Bob Bach; management committee members Chris Cesare, Larry Frazen, and Peter Van Cleve; and chief marketing officer Kathleen Flynn attended events throughout and engaged in sessions with group members on how to raise awareness and visibility; and leverage the affinity group for business generation and market competitiveness. Atlanta partner Kim Civins joined affinity group leader and Santa Monica partner Chris Dueringer for a presentation on successful client service group collaborations and building on those successes. Kansas City partner Jim Lawrence joined group member and San Francisco associate Robert Espositofor a session on partnering with straight allies. Other sessions included group member discussions on social media strategies and overall strategic planning. The meeting concluded with a reception for affinity group members, local Bryan Cave lawyers, clients, and law students from area schools. Guest speaker Tara L. Borelli, Senior Attorney of the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal, addressed the group of more than ninety guests regarding the organization, and our joint partnership in same sex marriage litigation.
Kansas City Lawyers Participate in Women in Leadership Conference
Kansas City lawyers recently participated in a "Lean-In" Conference hosted by the Network Exchange, a branch of the local Central Exchange which provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential. The event kicked off with a VIP breakfast and panel presentation featuring Bryan Cave partner Irv Belzer, President & CEO of H&R Block Bill Cobb, and Mayor of Kansas City Sly James, sharing how they engage women within their organizations. Serving as moderator was Debi Hemmeter, founder and director of partnerships for Lean In, a nonprofit organization started in conjunction with Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead." The breakfast was followed by an interactive discussion with Ms. Hemmeter on the 'lean in' principles and how to 'energize your career.'