Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards: North America 2020 - Why Your Submission Matters

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Joseph K. West, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates
6 Mar 2020

Six Months Out

In six months, attorneys from across the USA and Canada will gather in Los Angeles to celebrate the best initiatives and the brightest stars in the world of Diversity & Inclusion.

These Awards provide the opportunity to shine the spotlight on role models and trailblazers in D&I, pro bono and corporate social responsibility, inspiring the whole of the legal sector to accelerate the pace of change and embed true inclusion.

Although a lot of progress has been made on D&I in the legal sector globally, we are still far from done. In a profession where one in two female and one in three male lawyers reported having been bullied in connection with their employment in 2019 (see our article here), and where the number of ethnic minority partners still struggles to go beyond 6% (see NALP 2018 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms, January 2019), these Awards are more relevant and needed than ever.

By creating an international platform for visibility, dialogue and networking, Chambers Awards contribute to keeping diversity & inclusion high up on the agenda of global law firms and organisations, and give recognition and a renewed sense of purpose to the many change-makers that are shaping a better, more inclusive, more human profession.

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A full house at the Chambers D&I Awards: USA 2019

Previous Winners

Last year’s awards welcomed more than 300 attendees with categories covering all strands of D&I. Corporate winners ranged from Abercrombie & Fitch, awarded ‘CSR Program of the Year’ for the new fellowship programme offered to first-year law students from under-represented backgrounds, to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, who secured the ‘Outstanding D&I Program’ Award.

Amongst the individuals recognised in 2019 were Brad Lerman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Medtronic, awarded ‘In-House: Outstanding Ally of the Year’; James Holmes, Partner, Clyde & Co, given the Lifetime Achievement Award for LGBT+ Equality Lawyer of the Year; and Jolie Havens, Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP who was awarded for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Furthering the Advancement of Diversity in the Legal Profession’.

You can read about all 2019 winners here.

The 2020 Awards

This year’s awards, taking place on 24th September in Los Angeles, promise to be even bigger and we hope to welcome even more inspiring diverse lawyers and allies. Our charity partner this year is MLDI – Media Legal Defence Initiative, providing legal help for journalists, bloggers and independent media across the world.

Of course, in order to celebrate and recognise the best D&I initiatives and the most inspirational role models we need to know about them. So please do make sure you submit your nominations and encourage your colleagues and contacts to do the same!

Nominations for the North America D&I Awards 2020 will be open until Monday, March 23.

Please click here for more information about how to submit your nominations

We are very much looking forward to receiving your submissions and to seeing you at the ceremony in Los Angeles.