Beveridge & Diamond

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. Receives Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity Accomplishments

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., July 18, 2013

Citing the firm’s leadership and accomplishments in hiring, promoting, and retaining diverse and women attorneys, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) awarded Beveridge & Diamond a 2013 Thomas L. Sager Award on July 15, 2013.

B&D Principals Karl Bourdeau, Kathy Szmuszkovicz, Nadira Clarke, Paula Schauwecker and Ben Wilson with the MCCA Sager Award

"We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from MCCA," said Paula J. Schauwecker, Beveridge & Diamond's Diversity Principal. "We strive to enhance diversity and inclusion in our firm, and in collaboration with our clients and advocates like MCCA.”

Benjamin F. Wilson, Beveridge & Diamond’s Managing Principal added, “Diversity is firmly ensconced as a business imperative, as well as a social cause.  Law firms and their clients have a unique opportunity to reach underserved populations, address immense social challenges, and achieve greater commercial success in doing so.  As we thank MCCA for this great honor, we look forward to continuing our work with MCCA, our clients and colleagues on these issues.”

Each year, MCCA awards the Thomas L. Sager Award to five law firms across the nation that exemplify diversity and inclusion by improving their hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys. The award is named for MCCA board member and DuPont Company Senior Vice President and General Counsel Thomas L. Sager.

Among the accomplishments that contributed to Beveridge & Diamond’s receipt of a Sager Award:

  • Founding the Thurgood Marshall Opportunity Program with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, a program that provides internships to diverse first year law students.
  • Founding and maintaining the DC Diverse Partners Network that has now grown to include several other diverse lawyer groups nationwide.
  • 33% of our Principals are women as compared with a national average of 18%.
  • 56% of our Associates are women.
  • 50% of our entry level lawyers in the fall associate class of 2012 were African-American women.
  • Every year since 2008, at least half of our Associates and Of Counsel promoted to Principal were women or minority attorneys.  In 2011 the figure was 80% women, and the 2011 Principal class also included two minority attorneys. 
  • 88% of respondents to an internal survey conducted in December 2012 agree or strongly agree that diversity & inclusion efforts make the firm a better place to work. 

The Sager Award marks the second time in 2013 that Beveridge & Diamond has been recognized for its leadership on diversity and inclusion.  In January 2013, the Firm received an AT&T Legal Department Diversity Award.

For more information, please contact Paula J. Schauwecker, Chair of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee at, (212) 702-5407.

About Beveridge & Diamond

Beveridge & Diamond’s 100 lawyers in 7 offices across the U.S. focus on environmental and natural resource law, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. The Firm helps clients around the world resolve critical environmental issues relating to their facilities, products, and operations. Working together with clients and the community, the Firm maintains significant initiatives aimed at expanding and promoting diversity and inclusion within the legal profession.