Diversity Committee to Sponsor Fall Meet & Greet
The Montgomery Bar Association’s Diversity Committee held a reception for Montgomery County-based hiring attorneys and managing partners on May 20, 2008 at the Montgomery Bar Building to promote a diversity-themed meet and greet in the fall. The meet and greet event, slated for November 6, is part of the Diversity Committee’s initiative to encourage the hiring of diverse candidates in local law firms.
Daniel J. Clifford, Esq. and Cheryl Lynne Austin, Esq., co-chairs of the Diversity Committee, were present at the reception to offer words of support regarding the meet and greet event, which they hope will increase the involvement of attorneys from diverse backgrounds in the Bar Association and in the community.
“Our role right now is to be part of an educational process, trying to educate the legal community about the importance of diversity and the event is the culmination of our education efforts,” Austin said to approximately 40 attorneys who attended the reception.
Clifford, managing partner of WolfBlock’s Norristown office, also shared his sentiments. “As we approach the prospect of the job fair itself, we realize that we face an enormous undertaking which, as far as we know, has never been offered before in Montgomery County.”
The meet and greet is a significant step by the Bar Association to reach out to law students and lawyers of diverse backgrounds and to encourage them to practice law in Montgomery County. Caroline Ruhle from Career Planning at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law was present at the reception to offer support for the project. Representatives from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law, and Villanova University’s School of Law were unable to attend the reception but have committed their involvement in the November event.
The Diversity Committee, previously known as the Diversity Task Force, was formally acknowledged as a standing committee this year by Montgomery Bar Association President Robert F. Morris, Esq. As a committee, they have begun a regular column in the Bar Association’s quarterly newsletter, the Sidebar, which profiles a member of the committee and promotes the committee’s activities. Clifford and Austin have also been encouraging committee members to participate in the various events hosted by the Bar Association to make their presence more established within the membership.