The July 19 event recognizes efforts to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Pepper Hamilton LLP will hold its 11th annual Celebrate Diversity event on July 19 at the Arts Ballroom in Philadelphia. Pepper attorneys, members of the legal community, clients and friends of the firm will join together to recognize the 2016 Champion of Diversity and to honor the efforts of Pepper’s Diversity Committee in promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the firm, in the legal profession and in the community.
This year’s Champion of Diversity award will be presented to Lois Kimbol from the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG), a consortium of Philadelphia law firms and law departments whose goal is to increase the diversity of the Philadelphia-area legal community. During Celebrate Diversity’s pre-reception program, Kimbol will present “The Way to Foster Diversity Is Simple — But That Doesn’t Make It Easy.”
As vice president of programs for PDLG, Kimbol designed and chairs the PDLG Fellows Program, which chooses talented, diverse first-year law students to work for PDLG member law firms and law departments during the summer. In addition to her work with PDLG, Kimbol has consulted with the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas Law School in the initial development of a series of academies for women associates at different points in their careers. While in private practice, she was the first chairperson of the diversity committee at her firm. In that role, she created programs designed to understand the firm’s view of women lawyers, to promote the careers of women partners and to help elevate other women lawyers to partnership.
Celebrate Diversity will also feature Judge James Giles’ presentation of the winners of his namesake contest, the Honorable James T. Giles High School Essay Contest. Now it its sixth year, the essay contest introduces Philadelphia high school students to laws and legal decisions that have a broad impact on our society, and recognizes them for their work. The experience is designed to encourage participants to think about a career in law, potentially leading to a more diverse legal profession down the road.