Spring 2010 Diversity Updates

The Groom Law Group Diversity Committee would like to take this opportunity to update our clients on a variety of diversity events in which we have been involved during the Spring of 2010. 

Employee Benefits Panels at University of Maryland and American University Law Schools

In March 2010, Groom attorneys Hisham Amin, Dionne Benjamin, Tammy Killion, and Will Wilder, participated in employee benefits panels at the University of Maryland and American University. The panels were a chance to introduce law school students to the employee benefits field. The panelists varied in experience and background; in addition to the Groom attorneys panelists included attorneys from peer law firms, private companies, and the federal government. Panelists shared their everyday work experiences; answered students’ questions about job searches, interviews, and networking; and discussed opportunities that the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act presents to young attorneys.

The panel at American University Law School was organized in partnership with another interesting panel titled “Reflections on Retirement: Rethinking the Role of Retirement Savings and the Role of Regulation,” which was moderated by AU Professor Nancy Abramowitz and featured, among others, the Honorable Phyllis C. Borzi, Assistant Secretary of the Employee Benefits Administration. Panelists and students had the chance to mingle afterward at a reception provided by Groom.¬† Both law schools videotaped the panel to make it available for students who could not attend. Groom looks forward to continuing its support of local law schools and encouraging students to enter the legal field, specifically in employee benefits.

Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund Annual Benefit Dinner

On March 19, 2010, Groom attorneys Ian Lanoff, Jason Lee, and Will Wilder attended the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) Annual Benefit Dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Stuart Ishimaru, Acting Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was the guest speaker, and Paul Igasaki, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Equal Justice Works was the recipient of the AEF Community Service Award. As in years past, Groom sponsored a table at this event.

Monumental City Bar Association’s 75th Anniversary Dinner

In May 2010, Groom helped celebrate the 75th¬†Anniversary of Monumental City Bar Association’s incorporation in Maryland. Monumental City Bar Association was Maryland’s first bar association of color. Groom sponsored a table for students and the Executive Director of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). CLEO works to diversify the legal profession by helping minority and low-income students get into and through law school. Students had the opportunity to meet judges, lawyers, judicial clerks, politicians, and delegates from the offices of Senators Cardin and Mikulski.

George Washington University Black Law Students Association Annual Awards Banquet

On May 13, 2010, Groom attorneys Lonie Hassel, Roberta Ufford, and Will Wilder attended the George Washington University Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Annual Patricia Roberts Harris Banquet. This banquet honors graduating members of the BLSA and all of the school’s African American graduating law students. This year’s banquet also paid tribute to Jeanette Michael, founder and longtime supporter of the GW BLSA and George Washington University trustee until she passed away in the winter of 2009. Groom has been a proud supporter of this banquet for several years.