HARRISBURG (Nov. 13, 2020) — The Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Minority Attorney Conference Planning Subcommittee of the Minority Bar Committee will receive the 2020 Award for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion from the PBA Diversity Team. The award will be presented during a virtual awards luncheon on Nov. 19 during Committee/Section Day.
Established in 2010, the PBA Diversity Team works collaboratively with PBA leadership, staff and all other PBA-related groups and entities to promote and enhance existing diversity initiatives and to assist with creating new opportunities. The award recognizes a PBA entity for outstanding efforts, contributions or service to promote diversity and inclusion in the association’s membership and for demonstrating commitment to and leadership in promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession.
The PBA Minority Attorney Conference Planning Subcommittee is being recognized for its outstanding efforts, contributions and service in the furtherance of the PBA Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan demonstrated in planning the committee’s 30th annual conference “Communities Under Attack: Leadership Going Forward” held in October 2019.
The nominator noted that “the subcommittee created an environment that eliminated barriers to communication and encouraged everyone’s contributions by including interactive programming, training and audience participation.”
Led by subcommittee co-chairs Marisa Harris Lattimore of Fort Washington, Rhodia D. Thomas of Harrisburg and Gina M. Thomas of Norristown, the committee worked with a high amount of energy, devotion and diligence to reach out and include a wide range of lawyer and judge speakers, and developed marketing and membership solicitation materials that were welcoming to diverse populations. The result was the strongest sponsorship participation year-to-date.
Program topics such as best practices regarding juror diversity issues and ethical issues faced by minority attorneys illustrated how the subcommittee promoted and demonstrated diversity and inclusion.
Subcommittee members being honored include:
Jacqueline B. Martinez, JBM Legal LLC, Pittsburgh
Tony J. Thompson, Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP, Pittsburgh
Marisa Harris Lattimore, co-chair, Fort Washington
Gina M. Thomas, co-chair, Pa. Department of Environmental Protection, Norristown
Charles Eppolito III, past PBA president, White and Williams LLP, Philadelphia
Carlton Johnson, Archer & Greiner PC, Philadelphia
Tsiwen Law, Law & Associates LLC, Philadelphia
Tyesha Miley, SEPTA, Philadelphia
Wesley R. Payne IV, White and Williams LLP, Philadelphia
Nigel Scott, Aegis Law LLC, Philadelphia
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