Pepper Hamilton’s Harrisburg office was honored for its commitment to diversity by the Dauphin County Bar Association (DCBA) on Jan. 27. At the DBCA’s annual meeting in Harrisburg, Pepper was presented with the organization’s Hon. Clarence C. Morrison Award, which is given each year to a deserving entity for its work in promoting diversity.
Pepper Hamilton was selected for the award because of its continued support of the DCBA’s Capital Area Managing Partners (CAMP) Diversity Initiative. Created by the organization’s Equal Professional Opportunity Committee, the CAMP program asks local firms to support a minority first-year law student with a stipend and placement in order to expose students to the practice of law and encourage them to consider Central Pennsylvania to begin their legal careers.
“Pepper was one of the founders of the CAMP initiative and has participated consistently since it was established in 2004. We have always been impressed by the hard work and dedication of the law students we have met through the program. It’s truly rewarding to work with these students in the early days of their legal education and to see some of them return to Central Pennsylvania to begin their practice,” said Thomas B. Schmidt, III, attorney-in-charge of the Harrisburg office.
Kassem L. Lucas, Pepper’s partner in charge of diversity, added, “We are proud to support the Dauphin County Bar Association’s efforts, as their work toward a diverse legal profession fits perfectly with Pepper’s own commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion.”
About the Dauphin County Bar Association
The DCBA is a professional organization with more than 1,450 lawyers actively engaged in various programs of public service, professional development and personal interaction.