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

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).



Bryan Cave Hosts Annual LCLD Fellows’ Reception at NBA Convention


Bryan Cave hosted the second annual Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows alumni reception at the 2014 National Bar Association (NBA) Convention in Atlanta. Founded in 1925, the NBA is the nation's oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges. 2011 Fellows Wesley Fields and Joseph McCoy, 2012 Fellow Craig Jeffrey, 2013 Fellow Katie Schwarting, and 2014 Fellow Arindam Kar invited LCLD Fellows attending the convention to this informal gathering to refresh relationships, renew bonds, and build new relationships. The event was well attended and received. Inaugurated in 2011, the LCLD's Fellows program is an ambitious, highly structured mentoring program designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation's law firms and corporate legal departments.



Women in Law Empowerment Forum 'Gold Standard Certification' 2014


Bryan Cave LLP has earned WILEF 2014 Gold Standard Certification. 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.

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.” For 2014 WILEF Certification, a “meaningful percentage” means the number of women equity partners satisfies four or more of the following criteria:
 
  • Women account for at least 20 percent of equity partners or 33 percent or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past 12 months.
  • Women represent at least 10 percent of firm chairs and office managing partners.
  • Women make up at least 20 percent of the firm’s primary governance committee.
  • Woman represent 20 percent or more of the firm’s compensation committee.
  • Women make up at least 25 percent of practice group leaders or department heads.
  • Women represent at least 10 percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.

"We are pleased and proud to receive this recognition of the firm’s commitment to diversity," said Bryan Cave’s Chief Diversity Officer Lisa Martin. "Diversity is a core value at Bryan Cave, and we are committed to creating a firm culture where women thrive and succeed at the highest levels.

The WILEF Gold Standard Certification initiative, launched in 2011, has become the centerpiece of the organization’s push to help women in law firms rise as business developers and leaders. The WILEF 2014 Gold Standard Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at The Yale Club of New York City. Click here to view the full list of WILEF 2014 Gold Standard firms.



High Energy and Full Agenda at Atlanta Lawyers of Color Meeting


The Lawyers of Color Affinity Group recently gathered in Atlanta for its second firmwide meeting. The packed agenda included sessions on business and client development, networking, and associate engagement. Affinity group co-leaders Arindam Kar and Katie Schwarting served as co-conveners for the meeting, along with co-conveners in training Holly Lopez and Rod Perry. Kar, Schwarting and chief diversity officer Lisa Demet Martin presented an overview and state of the affinity group. An engaging roundtable discussion was moderated by D.C. partner Donna Rodney and included Executive and Management Committee members Bob Boone, Chris Cesare, Dennis Fleischmann, Paula Pace, and Peter Van Cleve. They dove into a variety of strategic and frank discussions that focused on leadership priorities for diversity within their sections including retention, development, and promotion of lawyers of color, and achieving greater diversity in firm leadership. Another important discussion focused on how to leverage the impressive breadth of talent in the affinity group for business development purposes and innovative approaches to effectively partner with our clients on diversity issues. Participants came out of Steve Sunshine’s lively business development program with practical and useful strategies to implement in their own business development plans.

In addition to the substantive programming, affinity group members had the opportunity to network with local Atlanta Bryan Cave lawyers at a reception in the Atlanta office. Attendees left the meeting reenergized with a renewed purpose and direction.



LGBT and Benefits Lawyers Partner on DOMA Related Client Presentations


The LGBT Lawyers Affinity Group and the Employee Benefits CSG collaborated on a series of client CLE programs in St. Louis (April 29), Chicago (May 7) and Denver (May 21).  This unique partnership developed a substantive presentation on recent developments related to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Defense of Marriage Act with a specific focus on the impact on employee benefits. The program insights from ACLU-MO Legal Director Tony Rothert as a guest speaker, in addition to the panel presentation by Sarah Sise, Carrie Byrnes and Carrie Bechtold.  Feedback from clients was uniformly enthusiastic, with several clients asking for follow-up sessions.