Rawle & Henderson has been a pioneer in employing minority and female attorneys, paralegals and support staff. We are strongly committed to promoting, maintaining, and expanding our diverse group of attorneys, paralegals and staff by engaging in creative, forward thinking and out-of-the box efforts to enhance our Firm’s history and reputation as a leading, inclusive and diverse law firm. While the Firm’s commitment is a long-standing one, we recognize the importance of doing more and are actively engaged in both internal and external efforts to achieving greater diversity and working with law schools and minority organizations to promote diversity and encourage advancement and opportunities for minorities and women in the legal profession both generally and at our Firm.
Rawle and Henderson has been recognized as one of the top law firms for minority and female attorneys. Our Diversity Committee is led by partners, Anthony Luis and Maureen Daley. They are creatively advancing and promoting our diversity standards and goals and developing and fostering a work environment where everyone regardless of who they are is able to thrive and promote the interests of our clients.
At Rawle & Henderson, diversity, equity, and inclusion are an integral part of our history and we have made a renewed commitment to this tradition. Our strength is in our differences. We are committed to nurturing inclusivity and understanding within our workplace, and promoting it in our communities. Diversity and inclusion are the foundation to our success as a law firm, giving us a wide array of perspectives from which to address our clients’ most pressing issues and needs. Through recruitment, training, mentoring, as well as awareness and the respect of the uniqueness of individuals, we continuously strive to achieve our goal of greater diversity, equity and inclusion both within our firm and in the legal profession at large.
Diversity, equity and inclusion are among the fundamental values of Rawle & Henderson. Our firm began in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, with an enduring tradition of treating all people with dignity and respect. It is especially important to be reminded that the diversity of our communities is one of our greatest strengths.
The month of June provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
Now and throughout the year, we reflect on the positive influences of all people. The richness of those who shape and embrace us as lawyers, professionals, mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles, human beings and as members of the community. The people around us – regardless of our or their identity or sexual orientation – are to be valued. We all have challenges in life but none of us should face greater challenges because of who we love or the difference in our identities.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Below we have included a few links to Pride events in your area and hope you will join in the celebrations of the diversity of our communities:
Rawle and Henderson is pleased to announce that Zachary Rubinich has received an American Bar Association Presidential Appointment as a Member of the ABA’s Legal Opportunity Scholarship Committee for 2021-2022. The Legal Opportunity Scholarships are awarded annually to encourage and provide financial support to racial and ethnic minority students to apply to and attend law school. The Committee awards between ten and twenty scholarships annually to diverse law students.
Rawle and Henderson LLP and Southern University Law Center have formed a ground breaking partnership to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession by sponsoring a monthly speakers series and establishing a mentor program for law students at SULC, whose mission is to provide a high quality legal education to underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups.
Rawle & Henderson LLP is a proud partner of a speakers series with Southern University Law Center, which is devoted to “providing access and opportunity to a diverse group of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to obtain a high quality legal education.” The law school webinar series will be held monthly and is designed to help students through every facet of law school and to assist with making decisions regarding their future practices of law. John C. McMeekin II opened the series with a webinar on September 23, 2020, which focused on developing law students and providing them with the tools to plan, succeed and enter the practice of law during these constantly changing and economically challenging times.
As the oldest law firm in the Nation, Rawle & Henderson LLP is committed to developing and supporting future leaders of the bar and making the legal profession more accessible to everyone regardless of race, sex, national origin or sexual orientation.
Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Anthony Luis has been appointed Vice Chair to the American Bar Association Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. The TIPS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession promotes the involvement of attorneys of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, women attorneys, attorneys with disabilities and LGBT attorneys into the membership and leadership of the Section.
Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to recognize and celebrate the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While one hundred years have passed since women were given the right to vote, our Firm recognizes that the struggles that women face in our society continue to this day and we are committed to removing barriers and creating a work environment that enables women to thrive and advance and have the same opportunities afforded to men.
Recently, the Southern University Law Center hosted a virtual lunch and learn session with Rawle business lawyer and General Counsel David I. Rosenbaum and Verily Life Sciences General Counsel Cynthia Patton. The title of the session was “Insights into Being a Business Lawyer – Ask the Professionals,” and it was moderated by John C. McMeekin, II, partner at the Law Firm of Rawle and Henderson.
During the webinar, Ms. Patton and Mr. Rosenbaum shared their experiences, knowledge and insights about commercial litigation and business transactions as well as their suggestions on how to enter those fields. Individually, they delved into their careers and discussed professional lessons learned along the way.