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Diversity Matters - Vol. 2015, Issue 1

Volume 2015, Issue 1

Welcome to the next edition of Diversity Matters. This year marks Pepper’s 125th year anniversary and the 10th year of our Celebrate Diversity event. On July 21, we presented the Champion of Diversity Award to JoAnne A. Epps, Dean of the Temple University School of Law. Dean Epps has not only been an excellent law school professor and administrator, but she has long been a proponent for increasing diversity in the legal field. She has been recognized for her efforts by the Philadelphia Bar Association, among others, as a recipient of the Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award and the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for championing women and lawyers of color in the legal profession.

In this issue, we also recap the efforts of our affinity groups over the last few months to provide programming that benefits all our attorneys. The African-American/Black Affinity Group hosted a panel of in-house lawyers to discuss generating business; Pepper Pride! hosted a panel on transgender issues in the workplace; the Veterans Group recognized longtime naval officer Admiral Tom Lynch during Pepper’s annual Memorial Day event; WIN! continued to promote women in the profession by hosting events addressing professional development, growth mindset and "grit;" and the Pepper Latina/o Caucus (PLC) began its existence by introducing its members to the community at a summer roast hosted by Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania president and Pepper associate Alexander Gonzalez at his home.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

The material in this publication was created as of the date set forth above and is based on laws, court decisions, administrative rulings and congressional materials that existed at that time, and should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinions on specific facts. The information in this publication is not intended to create, and the transmission and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship.