Kassem L. Lucas, a partner with Pepper Hamilton, has been selected to receive the Fourth Annual Rick Palmore LCLD Fellow Alumni Award. The honor is presented to alumni of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows Program, a training program designed to build relationships and leadership skills for attorneys committed to fostering diversity within their individual institutions and the profession at large. Pepper has been a member of LCLD since its inception, and Mr. Lucas is Pepper’s first LCLD Fellow, selected in the class of 2011.
The Rick Palmore Award recognizes the outstanding achievements, commitment and leadership of LCLD Fellow Alumni who paved the way for and assisted with the advancement of their LCLD Fellows and Fellows Alumni. The award is named for the founding chair emeritus of LCLD, Rick Palmore, and is presented by the LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Council. Mr. Palmore and Mr. Lucas are also graduates of Yale.
Mr. Lucas will receive the award at the Seventh Annual LCLD Fellows Alumni Leadership Symposium in Los Angeles on June 22. He is a partner in Pepper Hamilton’s Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group, where during his career he has concentrated his practice in complex commercial litigation, reinsurance law and arbitration, insurance counseling and insurance insolvency. In 2011, Mr. Lucas was named Pepper’s Partner in Charge of Diversity. He is in charge of firmwide diversity initiatives and programs and also chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee. His responsibilities include developing strategic initiatives to recruit, support, retain and promote attorneys from diverse backgrounds; maintaining diversity and inclusion as core values of the firm; and seeking opportunities to partner with the community and clients on diversity initiatives and business development.
The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization of more than 285 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners — the leadership of the profession — who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession.