Weber Gallagher Announces Winners of Black History Month Essay Contest Event


Philadelphia, March 21, 2023 — Throughout the month of February, Weber Gallagher held an essay contest to provide high school students an opportunity to express themselves and be awarded for their efforts while honoring Black History month. Students in the mid-Atlantic region were asked to explain why the right to vote is important to them and all citizens in the United States.

Three winners and an honorable mention were chosen from 20 submissions. The winners wrote outstanding essays that delved into specifics of the importance of voting and what it means for society. The three winners, Hannah Thomas, Ibtihal Gassem, Akayla Morris will receive the top prizes and Allyson Riley, an honorable mention will receive a prize as well.

“Commitment to community support and involvement are essential pieces to developing and building a pipeline to a diverse business community in the future,” said Partner and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kenneth Sharperson. “At Weber Gallagher, we encourage all employees to bring their authentic selves to the office and to share their perspectives and experiences to help create an inclusive and welcoming work environment. This contest furthers our goal of building a pipeline of talent to join our firm in the future.”

Weber Gallagher provides and promotes an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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 DEI 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 DEI 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 DEI involve more than simply acknowledging differences. Weber Gallagher recognizes increases in DEI efforts in recruitment, employment and retention will lend itself to sustainable progress and growth of the firm.

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