Pepper Hamilton was proud to serve as underwriter for one of the scholarships awarded by the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia at its annual awards and scholarship gala. The firm was also a sponsor of the event.
Established in 1950, The Barristers' Association addresses the professional needs and development of Black lawyers in the City of Philadelphia through programs such as seminars, cultural events and publications. Each year, the association awards scholarships to students of color attending local area law schools. The scholarships are given to students who demonstrate leadership ability, academic achievement and a commitment to community service and professional development.
Pepper served as underwriter for the scholarship awarded to Frederick Poindexter, a first-year student at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Before law school, Mr. Poindexter worked in sales for the Philadelphia 76ers and then as an assistant director of counseling and manager of federal verification at the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped construct institutional and federal aid processes and develop programs for first-generation, low-income students.
Pepper attorneys A. Michael Pratt and Courtney A. Munnings, co-chairs of the firm's African-American/Black Affinity Group, attended the Barristers' Association gala on May 18 to present Mr. Poindexter with his scholarship award.
The Pepper African-American/Black Affinity Group serves as a resource open to all Pepper attorneys and staff interested in fostering the success of African-American/Black attorneys. The group sponsors programming and other initiatives that promote business and career development, mentoring and guidance, recruitment and retention, and networking and relationship building.
"Pepper's African-American/Black Affinity Group is not only committed to supporting attorneys of color at the firm. We are also dedicated to increasing opportunities for Black attorneys throughout the legal community," said Mr. Pratt, who previously served as president of the Barristers' Association and Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. "Pepper's underwriting of the Barristers' Association scholarship program is just one way we are working toward the goal of a more diverse and inclusive profession."
Ms. Munnings added, "It was especially gratifying to attend the Barristers' gala and meet Frederick in person. He has a bright legal future ahead of him, and I'm pleased Pepper was able to play a role in his career."