If you thought the GOP takeover of Raleigh was going to loosen the leftist stranglehold on the UNC system and strike a blow against political correctness, THINK AGAIN. The UNC Board of Governors — appointed by the governor and legislature, all Republicans — has elected a new chairman. Charlotte attorney John Fennebresque — a big political donor and vice-chairman of legal powerhouse McGuireWoods — will be running the university system’s governing body. If he runs the university system like his law firm has been run, the granola-ites in the faculty lounges across the state should be thrilled.
McGuireWoods LOVES it some diversity. It loves “diversity” so much that it has devoted roughly 1/6th of its corporate web site to the concept. The firm has a “diversity & inclusion committee,” “Lawyers of Color and LGBT Lawyers retreats,’‘ as well as “diversity awards.” And, if that’s not enough for you:
McGuireWoods is committed to diversity & inclusion within our firm, the legal profession and our communities. The firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is led by Jacquelyn Stone, the first African-American Woman to become a partner at the firm.
A full report of McGuireWoods’ diversity initiatives can be viewed in the 2013 Annual Diversity & Inclusion Report.
The firm has five lawyer networks to support the success of diverse and women lawyers. Our networks include the African-American Lawyers Network, the Asian Pacific Lawyers Network, the Hispanic/Latino Lawyers Network, the LGBT Lawyers Network and the Women’s Lawyers Network. The largest of these is our Women Lawyers Network. The chairs of the lawyer networks sit on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
McGuireWoods supports diversity & inclusion in many ways, including:
- Internal initiatives within the firm to retain and promote diverse and women lawyers.
- External sponsorships and memberships in organizations devoted to diversity in the legal profession.
- Programming that supports diversity in our communities and pipeline programs encouraging students from under-represented groups to consider a career in the legal profession.
- Recruiting diverse lawyers. The firm supports diversity recruiting through:
Our diversity & inclusion initiatives have received numerous awards, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s inaugural Innovator Award in recognition of the firm’s Lawyers of Color and LGBT Lawyers Retreats. We also have been recognized as Working Mother/Flex-Time “50 Best Law Firms for Women” for five years. Equality Illinois has recognized McGuireWoods as one of the top law firms in Illinois to show a growing commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusiveness in the workplace.