Summer 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 Summer of 2010. 

Women’s Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association Foundation Annual Awards Dinner

Continuing Groom’s tradition of sponsorship and involvement with the District of Columbia Women’s Bar Association, Groom sponsored a table at the May 25, 2010, Annual Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Groom attorneys Elizabeth Dold, Jennifer Eller, Lonie Hassel, Dionne Benjamin, Rosie Zaklad, and Sarah Zumwalt attended. This year’s dinner honored Nancy Duff Campbell, Founder and Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center. Speakers included Valerie Jarret, Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Barack Obama, and Brooksley Born, former Chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. This event brings together several hundred women attorneys from around DC to reflect and honor the accomplishments of women lawyers. Past speakers have included Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and then Solicitor General, now Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan.

MCCA Mid-Atlantic Diversity Dinner and Dialogue

On June 15, 2010, Groom attorneys Lou Mazawey, Jeff Kroh, Bill Sweetnam, and Will Wilder attended the MCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Diversity Dinner honoring Pepco Holdings, Inc., Capital One, and GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to the dinner, Bill Sweetnam and Will Wilder attended a Diversity Dialogue on best practices, where representatives from the companies being honored discussed promoting diversity in their workplace and what they look for when working with outside counsel. Groom is a proud sponsor of the MCCA Diversity Dinner series and looks forward to a continued partnership.

National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Awards Luncheon

On July 22, 2010, Groom attorneys Liz Dold, Lonie Hassel, Andree St. Martin, and Roberta Ufford hosted eight client guests at the National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, NY. The luncheon honored, among others, the MetLife Law Department, Honorable Judith Kaye, and Elaine Jones, President and Director-Counsel Emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund. This was Groom’s second year sponsoring a table at the event, which provides a great opportunity for in-house and outside lawyers to strengthen their relationships and to meet other women lawyers from around the country.

National Bar Association Crump Law Camp

Groom continued its support of the National Bar Association’s (NBA) Crump Law Camp this year by donating over $2,300 worth of supplies for the camp, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year. The Crump Law Camp provides students entering the ninth through eleventh grades with an introduction to the American judicial system. During the camp, students are paired with college and law school students, professors, and practicing attorneys who serve as mentors to them as they continue through high school, college, and law school. The goal of the camp is to direct students of color to seek careers in the legal profession. Over 1,700 students applied for the camp this year from more than 40 states. Groom is proud to be a part of the NBA’s efforts to grow young lawyers.

Diversity Career Fairs: Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Job Fair and MABLSA Job Fair

During the summer of 2010, Groom attended two diversity focused job fairs in the DC/Virginia area. In July 2010, Groom hosted a table at the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Job Fair where representatives met with students to discuss the employee benefits field and Groom Law Group, including summer associate opportunities. The firm received dozens of resumes for its summer associate program in 2011. In August 2010, Groom participated in interviews at the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association (MABLSA) Job Fair in Arlington, VA. Groom is committed to seeking out and supporting qualified attorney candidates with diverse backgrounds.