Diversity

Weber Gallagher provides and promotes an environment of diversity. We believe that we best serve our clients with our diverse team of people throughout our offices.

Weber Gallagher is committed to achieving and maintaining diversity within its attorney and staff ranks and seeks to build on the foundation of inclusiveness established by the firm’s founders.  A core value at Weber Gallagher is its belief that diversity and inclusion mean a total acceptance of the unique perspectives and experiences we all bring as we work to develop the best possible legal solutions for our valued clients. Real diversity and inclusion involve more than simply acknowledging differences. Weber Gallagher recognizes increases in diversity and inclusion efforts in recruitment, employment and retention will lend itself to sustainable progress and growth of the firm.

Our Diversity Initiatives Include:

  1. Programs
    1. Sponsor of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Diversity & Inclusion Awards Gala
    2. Weber Gallagher Partner moderated a presentation hosted by the Weber Gallagher Diversity Committee about LGBT protections
    3. Weber Gallagher’s Diversity Committee Event featuring The Honorable Luis Felipe Restrepo, who spoke about his life as a Hispanic man and the difficulty he has experienced during His Honor’s rise to the bench
    4. Weber Gallagher Partner participated in a panel discussion at the Women, Diversity & Law Summit hosted by CenterForce Conferences
    5. Weber Gallagher’s Women’s Initiative Committee Event featuring Congresswomen Mary Gay Scanlon, who spoke about balancing her career and family
    6. Weber Gallagher’s Women’s Initiative Committee Event featuring Principal, Linda Wayman, who talked about the adversity that inner-city children face in the Philadelphia school district and how we can get involved
    7. Weber Gallagher’s Women’s Initiative Event featuring Uneeka Jay, CEO of ReWrite365, author and renowned speaker, spoke about her rise to success while facing the difficulty of being a woman of color with power
    8. Weber Gallagher’s Hispanic Heritage Luncheon featuring a panel discussion with Philadelphia Restaurateur Jose Garces, The Honorable Mia Roberts-Perez and Weber Gallagher Partner, Penelope Caamano
    9. Weber Gallagher’s Women’s Initiative Event featuring The Honorable Marjorie Osterlund Rendell, who spoke about Her Honor’s experience as a female Judge
    10. Weber Gallagher’s Diversity Committee hosted Alabama 16th Street Baptist Church bombing survivor, who spoke about surviving the explosion and her experience following the bombing
    11. Weber Gallagher’s Women’s Initiative Committee hosted The Honorable Cheryl Lynne Austin, who talked about being a female Judge and Her Honor’s rise to the bench
    12. Weber Gallagher’s Women’s Initiative Committee hosted a presentation, “Teaching Women How to Dress in a Man’s World”
    13. Weber Gallagher’s Women’s Initiative Committee Event, “A Sweet Evening with WG,” a relaxed evening of networking and truffle making for clients and attorneys
  2. Speaking Engagements
    1. Weber Gallagher Partner was a moderator for the Diversity Committee Luncheon at the NJ Bar Association’s Annual Meeting
    2. Weber Gallagher Partner was a moderator for a panel entitled, “When GC’s Talk, Lawyers Listen”
    3. Weber Gallagher Partners frequently speak at our area high schools to encourage students from under-represented groups to consider a career in the legal profession
    4. Weber Gallagher Partner participated in Women’s Roundtable Discussion hosted by The Legal Intelligencer
    5. Weber Gallagher Partner was a moderator for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity Summit Panel
  3. Published Articles
    1. Kenneth Sharperson’s article was published in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, “Doing Bad by being Good: Managing Risk Surrounding Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Law Firms”
    2. Paul Fires and Kenneth Sharperson wrote an article “Making the Case: How Diversity and Inclusion Can Improve Your Firm’s Financial Outlook,” featured in International Association of Defense Counsel’s Diversity & Inclusion, and In House and Law Firm Management Joint Newsletter
  4. Community Involvement
    1. Weber Gallagher Scholarship presented to Angel Velez, Camden City, NJ, graduating senior
    2. Weber Gallagher Scholarship presented to Cameron Klots, Camden City, NJ, graduating senior
    3. Weber Gallagher Scholarship presented to Katherine Jacquez, Camden City, NJ, graduating senior
    4. Garden State Bar Association’s scholarship to Kisha Jeanette Pinnock, Sponsor
    5. New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, Member
    6. Asian Pacific Bar Association, Member
    7. Hispanic Bar Association, Member
    8. Garden State Bar Association, Member
    9. Montgomery Bar Association Annual Robert E. Slota Summer 1-L Diversity Program, Sponsor and Host
    10. Hiring Committee members attend minority career fairs for all level positions
    11. Weber Gallagher mentors and employs a diverse group of high school students to increase interest in pursuing a law firm career either as attorneys or staff members

Speaking Engagements

  • 09.16.19Sponsor, "New Jersey State Bar Foundation 2019 Medal of Honor Awards Dinner"
  • 05.20.19Weber Gallagher Partner was a moderator for the Diversity Committee Luncheon at the NJ Bar Association’s Annual Meeting
  • 05.16.19Moderator, "When GCs Talk, Lawyers Listen"

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