NEW YORK (February 5, 2007) — Lisa Linsky, a partner in McDermott Will & Emery's New York office and chair of the Firm's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Diversity Committee, has been appointed to the board of directors of Lambda Legal. As a member of the Trial Department, she focuses her practice on general business litigation, business investigations, client counseling, environmental and toxic tort litigation.
In early 2006, McDermott formalized its LGBT Diversity Committee which has since been led by Ms. Linsky. Under her leadership, the committee works to develop Firm-wide policies, programs and initiatives to maintain a supportive environment for all of our employees regardless of transgender or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. In September, McDermott was one of the record number of U.S. companies earning a100 percent rating on Human Rights Campaign's annual Corporate Equality Index. The number of companies earning a 100 percent rating increased by 37 percent over last year, including a record number of law firms—12.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. For more information visit www.lambdalegal.org/.
McDermott Will & Emery's commitment to diversity arises from this clear, simple and indisputable principle: diversity is necessary for us to achieve excellence in all aspects of providing services to our clients. The Firm has three diversity committees: the Racial & Ethnic Diversity Committee, the Gender Diversity Committee and the LGBT Diversity Committee, all of whose chairs report directly to the Firm's management on recommendations for diversity-related policies, procedures and initiatives that they believe need to be pursued. These initiatives can range from hiring, retention and promotion to ensuring that diversity remains a key component in all major Firm-wide strategic decisions.