NEW YORK (JULY 30, 2012) – McDermott Will & Emery LLP is pleased to note that the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) has named Lisa A. Linsky, a trial partner in the Firm’s New York office, Chair of the organization’s Diversity Initiative Committee. NAWL is a voluntary legal professional organization devoted to promoting the interests and progress of women in and under the law.
NAWL’s Diversity Initiative Committee is charged with examining and enhancing NAWL’s diversity practices and procedures. The goal is to increase outreach, recruitment, retention and substantive programs to attract and retain lawyers of diverse communities nationwide, including women of color and gay lawyers.
Ms. Linsky, who focuses her practice on complex litigation, including products liability and toxic tort, trials, investigations and civil rights litigation, has been a passionate advocate for diversity issues. She served as McDermott’s first Partner-in-Charge of Firm-wide Diversity, and she created and chairs the Firm-wide LGBT Diversity Committee. Ms. Linsky is a member and officer of the Board of Directors for Lambda Legal, and a member of the Board of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals. She was recognized in 2009 as a “Mover & Shaker” by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and in 2011, she was voted a New York City Top 50 Power Gay by the New York Observer.
“We are very proud and excited to welcome Lisa as the new chair of the Diversity Initiative Committee,” said NAWL president, Beth Kaufman. “Throughout her career, Lisa has been a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Under Lisa’s leadership, NAWL will continue the important work of advancing, supporting and encouraging best practices that will foster diversity and inclusion in the legal industry.”
“Lisa has played a critical role in advancing McDermott’s own diversity initiatives which have received widespread recognition,” commented partner Lydia R. Kelley, who serves as McDermott’s current Firm-wide head of Diversity. “Lisa’s unparalleled commitment to diversity makes her an outstanding choice for NAWL.”McDermott Will & Emery’s commitment to diversity is founded on the belief that diversity is necessary to achieve excellence in all aspects of client service. The Firm is committed to a culture that values and nurtures diversity and appreciates its importance in attracting and retaining exceptional talent. To meet this commitment, McDermott has established diversity programs and practices which have helped the Firm to encourage a breadth of ideas, experiences, perspectives and insights that are necessary to meet the challenges of today's global economy.
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