Diversity: Leadership

Leadership in the Community

Many of Pepper’s diverse attorneys hold or have held leadership positions outside of the firm. For example:

  • a female partner was president of the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation
  • an African-American partner was chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association
  • an African-American of counsel was a federal judge for more than 28 years, serving on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; he was chief judge for seven years
  • several female attorneys and attorneys of color have been elected to the American Law Institute
  • an African-American of counsel was the first person of color to serve as president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • an African-American partner (who was the first African-American member of Pepper's Executive Committee) was the first African-American to chair the Young Lawyers Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association
  • a former Pepper attorney, an openly gay man, was elected to a full 10-year term on the bench of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2009
  • an associate of color served as president and vice president of the Villanova University School of Law Minority Alumni Association.

In addition, a number of Pepper lawyers are active board members of board associations that serve minorities, women, the LGBT, and other bar and community organizations. The list is long and varied, and Pepper has strongly supported its lawyers’ involvement in such organizations.