DIVERSITY MATTERS

Brown Rudnick Sponsors 2015 Human Rights Campaign NY Gala

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Brown Rudnick sponsored the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater New York Gala, held on January 31, 2015 at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. The HRC is the country’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, working at both the state and federal levels to bring awareness to issues affecting the LGBT community. The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most celebrated events of the year, attracting over 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. This year, U.S. Senator Cory Booker was the featured speaker. The HRC also honored the cast of the film “The Imitation Game,” based on British computer scientist and cryptographer Alan Turing, who played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages from Nazi forces during World War II resulting in victories for the Allies in many crucial engagements. Turing was prosecuted and convicted in 1952 by the British government for being homosexual, but was granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Hispanic Bar Association’s “Davis” Scholarship Dinner

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Brown Rudnick attorneys are active participants in and sponsors of the Hispanic Bar Association's annual "Wallace R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund" dinner, held on March 7, 2015. Leo Presiado, who recently began his second term on the HBA’s board of Directors, attended the event, at which financial assistance scholarships are awarded to Orange County Latino students, who are presently attending law school and who have demonstrated involvement in the Latino Community.

Stanford Women's Network UK - An Evening of Discussion with Leading Women Entrepreneurs

As part of the vibrant international Stanford alumni network, the Stanford Women's Network UK organises a wide variety of events throughout the year. A recent Winter event provided an evening of inspiration from several generations of (now) London based Stanford female alumni, and a panel of female entrepreneurs each with insightful tales from their own very different journeys. The panel included former Wall Street derivatives trader Terri Duhon, who went on to found her own financial markets strategic consultancy as well as earn an appointment as a Bank of England independent director to name a few of her successes. The event was attended by Stanford Alumni, Silke Kumpf and Emma Quinn.

The Law Society of England & Wales: Lawyers with Disabilities Division Open Day

The Law Society recently held its latest open day for law students and junior lawyers with disabilities in the UK. The event is a good opportunity for law students and junior lawyers to receive advice on some of the additional challenges candidates with disabilities can face in the already highly competitive legal sector. The day also provides a welcome safe space for open discussion and gives candidates the chance to hear from more senior members of the profession who themselves are members of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division and therefore able to pass on the benefit of their own experiences. The most notable session from the day was undoubtedly a talk delivered by Fadeia Hossain who, despite losing her sight during her legal studies in her home country of Iraq, was still able to teach herself English and complete a further law degree in the UK upon learning that her Iraqi qualifications would not be transferable to the English system as she had understood. The event was attended by associate Emma Quinn.

London Law Society's Speed Networking Event

Imogen Steiert, Chithra Rengamannar and Sabina Khan attended the Law Society's speed networking event for women solicitors on November 24, 2014. The evening began with insightful talks from two senior female lawyers and some forthright advice on effective networking from Vanessa Vallely, founder of women's networking site WeAreTheCity.com and author of "Heels of Steel: Surviving & Thriving In The Corporate World." A series of speed networking sessions then took place, with influential women hosts (from private practice and in-house) circulating between the tables, discussing how they shaped their careers and networks.

Brown Rudnick’s Pro Bono Representation of Spanish-Speaking Clients

Since 2013 Brown Rudnick has partnered with a nonprofit advocacy group established by Angelina Jolie and Microsoft, Kids in Need of Defense (“KIND”). Initiated through our Center for the Public Interest, Brown Rudnick lawyers, with material assistance of many of the Firm’s Spanish-speaking attorneys, LEAs, and paralegals, are helping unaccompanied minors from Latin America avoid deportation. Brown Rudnick provides critical pro bono legal representation to these children and their families. Through the efforts of hard-working Brown Rudnick attorneys and staff members, the Firm’s KIND pro bono clients are able to remain in the U.S. with their guardians, gaining access to opportunities for a better education and a better life.

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