Bryan Cave

Diversity






"Bryan Cave is a better place because of the diversity of our people. Diversity is a core value of Bryan Cave and an engrained part of our culture. We strive to create and foster a community where everyone can thrive and contribute meaningfully to the firm’s success. All of our professionals join in these efforts. Our clients value our diversity because a team of lawyers with diverse perspectives does a better job addressing the toughest legal challenges. A firm that welcomes and includes all enables us to attract the best legal talent and deliver the best legal service. Diversity is a top strategic priority for our firm."
 
Therese Pritchard
Chair, Bryan Cave LLP



 

DIVERSITY NEWS & EVENTS

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.'

Bryan Cave Presented with WILEF 2014 Gold Standard Certification Award


Bryan Cave LLP recently earned the WILEF 2014 Gold Standard Certification and on September 17th, New York partner and women’s forum leadership team member Tara Newell and New York associates Anna Nazarenko and Carolyn Rincon were present to accept the award at the WILEF Gold Standard Awards Luncheon. WILEF — the Women in Law Empowerment Forum — is an organization exclusively dedicated to advancing the careers of women at the largest law firms and corporate law departments in the United States. San Francisco partner Meryl Macklin is now serving as a WILEF National Advisory Board member and the firm has joined the WILEF family of sponsors at the gold level. WILEF provides Gold Standard Certification to law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States that "successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees and of their most highly compensated partners."



Accepting the award on behalf of Bryan Cave were New York partner Tara Newell (center) and New York associates Carolyn Rincon (left) and Anna Nazarenko (right).