Community & Social Responsibility

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Beveridge & Diamond. We view diversity and inclusion as business imperatives. We are deeply committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and are dedicated to partnering with our clients and communities to accomplish this goal.

B&D strives to foster an inclusive culture that encourages and supports a diverse workplace. We accomplish this mission by attracting, developing, retaining, and promoting to leadership diverse talent and by creating equal opportunities for individuals to live up to their potential and feel included as valued members of the firm.

A dedicated Diversity Principal (partner) guides our efforts, working with our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the firm’s Management Committee, and our Managing Principal.

Efforts

Our diversity and inclusion efforts include:

  • Building a pipeline of diverse lawyers in the profession at large.
  • Promoting a sense of community and value at the firm.
  • Providing resources to support the varying needs and experiences of everyone at the firm.
  • Mindful engagement within the firm on diversity and inclusion issues.
  • Providing all of our attorneys with meaningful work opportunities necessary to advance.
  • Participating in legal industry diversity efforts, including, among others, ABA Resolution 113 reporting, Diversity Lab's Mansfield 2.0 Rule pilot, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's Fellows, Pathfinder, and Summer Clerk programs.

Upcoming Events

Results

Some of the results of our efforts include:

In addition, firm Chairman Ben Wilson, who founded the African American General Counsel and Managing Partner Network in 2012 and the Diverse Partners Network in 2008, has been individually recognized numerous times for his tireless commitment to diversity and inclusion. Savoy Magazine included Ben on their list of the Most Influential Black Lawyers from 2015-2018 and Most Influential Black Corporate Directors from 2016-2017. He has also been featured in spotlights or on the cover of publications including Diversity & the BarDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationAmerican Lawyer, and Washington Lawyer. Ben's other awards for diversity and inclusion include the National Bar Association (NBA)'s 2019 Presidential Award; the National Association of Women Lawyers' 2018 Lead by Example Award; the United Negro College Fund's 2018 MASKED Award; the Defense Research Institute's 2017 Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award; the National Law Journal's 2017 Lifetime Achiever Professional Excellence Award; the Washington Bar Association's 2016 Houston Medallion of Merit; the Thurgood Marshall College Fund's 2016 Legacy Award; the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession's 2014 Spirit of Excellence Award; the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' 2014 Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award; the NBA Commercial Law Section's 2010 Outstanding Outside Counsel Award; and the Washington Lawyers' Committee (WLC) for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs' 2009 Wiley Branton Award