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Connecting With Summer Associates
As part of our Summer Associate Program, each city hosts social events to provide summer associates with the opportunity to get to know as many of our attorneys as possible so that they can get a feel for our culture and find out if our firm is a great fit for them. These events also provide our attorneys with the opportunity to get to know them. Learn more about our summer program »
NEWS & NOTES
Moving the Needle
The Mom Project and Jackson Walker have joined forces to advance mothers in the legal industry. This exciting partnership will move the needle on diversity and successful business outcomes at our firm. Additionally, as a family-friendly employer, we provide opportunity and growth for all in the workplace. Learn more and view available positions »
Devanshi Somaya and her two children were featured in JW’s recruiting campaign with The Mom Project.
Welcoming New Diverse Talent
As we continue to intensify our efforts to recruit diverse talent, we are proud to have welcomed the following women and diverse attorneys from May 2022 through July 2022:
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Senior Counsel, Dallas
Senior Counsel, Dallas
Senior Counsel, Fort Worth
Associate, San Antonio
Channeling Struggles to Create Opportunity
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, The Texas Lawbook spotlighted Sang Shin as he described his experience as an Asian American growing up in North Carolina.
“My upbringing – as an immigrant who grew up in a place where there wasn’t much cultural diversity or support – inspires me each day to work with the AABA of Houston to create opportunities for Asian Americans whose paths to success may resemble my own – unconventional and shaped more like a winding road.”
Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Shari Mao and Sang Shin joined the Fast Takes podcast to share how their upbringings shaped their careers. Listen to the episode »
Reflections of a Former Federal Law Clerk
In the March/April 2022 edition of The Houston Lawyer, Chevazz Brown shared a reflective vignette about his personal and professional lessons learned as a law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth M. Hoyt
“Greater diversity among law clerks creates a more diverse judicial pipeline. For this reason, initiatives across the nation—including in Houston—work to educate and encourage diverse lawyers and law students to consider a career on the bench and to pursue a clerkship to help achieve that goal.”
Achieving Results for Clients
Attorneys across various practices and backgrounds come together to serve the needs of our clients. From the pitch to the end result, our teams include women and diverse attorneys who are involved at every stage of the representation. The following matters from April to July 2022 were handled by teams that were led by or included women and diverse attorneys:
- Jennifer Caughey co-led the representation of Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure Inc. in securing a Texas Supreme Court ruling that greenlit its proposed high-speed rail project. The team included Danica Milios. Read more »
- Amanda Crouch co-led the representation of Scurry County Judge Dan Hicks in a lawsuit involving property, a sports shooting range, and a guardianship. Read more »
- Dawn Holiday co-led the representation of a German manufacturer of mobile electrification products as the respondent with a counterclaim in an employment arbitration tribunal by the American Arbitration Association. On May 20, 2022, the arbitrator awarded the client, who was the respondent in the counterclaim, the full amount presented in the damages model, including pre- and post-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees. Read more »
- Shannon Zmud Teicher assisted the Dallas Zoo in an agreement with Silver Creek Materials that allowed for the creation of Zoo Poo, a compost product made with manure from the Zoo’s elephants, giraffes, and other herbivores. In addition to diverting over 1 million pounds of solid waste from the landfill in 2021 alone, the Dallas Zoo will donate a portion of the proceeds to support its global conservation efforts. Read more »
- The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a case involving qualified immunity for the the Coleman County sheriff, jailer, and jail administrator. Amanda Crouch co-led the representation of Coleman County, and Danica Milios served on the team. Read more »
- The U.S. Supreme Court held in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (No. 20-1530) that EPA may not rely upon Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to “force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal.” Jennifer Caughey and Danica Milios served on the Jackson Walker team that filed amicus briefs in support of the petitioners. Read more »
From April through July 2022, the firm received the following recognitions:
- Chambers Associate ranked Jackson Walker as a Top 25 firm for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Associate Satisfaction Surveys for 2022. View the Firm’s profile on Chambers Associate »
- Jackson Walker ranked #13 among law firms nationwide for racial and ethnic diversity in the 2023 Vault Rankings. View the full list of rankings »
- Jackson Walker improved its ranking in The American Lawyer‘s Diversity Scorecard to #70, up from #73 in 2021 and #95 in 2020. Among other AmLaw 200 firms headquartered in Texas, JW proudly received the fourth-highest ranking. See the full list »
In addition, the following women and diverse individuals received notable achievements:
- Josué Galván received the Texas Young Lawyers Association Civility Award for his contributions as a TYLA director.
- Willie Hornberger was honored at the 2022 Financial Executive Awards for his commitment to community service. Presented by D CEO, the Awards recognized top corporate financial executives in Dallas-Fort Worth. Read more »
- Pamela Madere received the 2022 Corporate and Transactional Attorney Award by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association (TCWLA). Read more »
- Susan Mead was named to the D Best Hall of Fame, which recognizes professionals who have been listed among the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” for more than 15 years. Read more »
- Wasif Qureshi was selected to Managing IP‘s list of 2022 Patent Stars in Texas. Read more »
- Chambers and Partners selected 48 of our attorneys for inclusion in the 2022 edition of the USA guide. Congratulations to Jennifer Caughey, Stephanie Chandler, Kelly Cobb, Amanda Crouch, Linda Donohoe, Jennifer Freel, Elizabeth Freeman, Meghan Griffiths, Mary Emma Ackels Karam, Julia Mann, Susan Mead, Virginia Alverson Mimmack, Lindsey Moorhead, Cynthia Brotman Nelson, Joshua Romero, David Schlottman, Robert Soza, and Katherine Staton on this recognition! See what Chambers had to say about this outstanding group »
- D Magazine listed Sara Borrelli, Greta Cowart, Mario Perez Dolan, Suzan Kedron, Virginia Alverson Mimmack, Claire Raggio, and Nate St. Clair among the 21 attorneys recognized as this year’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas.” Read more »
- Scene in S.A. listed Erin Camp, Stephanie Chandler, Lauren Ciminello, Amanda Crouch, Erica Benites Giese, Ann Leafstedt, Julia Mann, Shari Mao, Chelsea Mikulencak, Kati Orso, Cassie Ross, and Leah Smith Sanchez in the second annual survey of “San Antonio’s Outstanding Women in Law.” Read more »
The Diversity Movement
The Diversity Movement spoke with Suzan Kedron and Chad Cole about Jackson Walker’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, including the actions our firm has taken since 2020 to create a more equitable environment for all. Read the full story »
- Art Cavazos serves as an advisor of Justice Technology Association, which supports change makers who use technology to build meaningful and accessible solutions that help people resolve everyday legal issues.
- Jackie Staple joined the 2022 Board of Directors of Fresh Arts, a Houston nonprofit that provides programs to help advance the careers of local artists and creative entrepreneurs.
- Meredith Tavallaee graduated from the Leadership Arts Institute as a member of the Dallas Class of 2022. Founded in 1989, the Leadership Arts Institute is a program of the Business Council for the Arts, a nonprofit that builds business and arts partnerships to advance arts and culture in North Texas. Read more »
- Amanda Van Deusen was elected president of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen (HAPL) for the 2022-2023 term.
EVENTS & SPONSORSHIPS
Alley Theatre Sponsorship
Jackson Walker is proud to sponsor Alley Theatre, a Houston-based theatre that is dedicated to making sure its Education and Community Engagement programs are available to students and schools at the highest levels of need.
In the 2021-22 school year, Alley served 83 unique schools in 31 school districts, 95% of which were non-majority white, including 46 schools which were majority Hispanic and 28 schools which had no racial majority. 74% of schools were economically disadvantaged, meaning that more than 50% of their students qualify for free or reduced cost lunch. Additionally, Alley recruited 23 Teaching Artists who are 65% BIPOC professional artists with 25% fluent Spanish speakers.
Chip Babcock serves on the Board of Directors, and Joel Glover serves on the Advisory Board.
St. Mary’s Breakfast Study Break
Jackson Walker sponsored St. Mary’s breakfast study break, which was attended by Bobby Biedrzycki and Daniel Maldonado.
Federal Courthouse Dedication Reception
Erica Benites Giese participated in the special federal courthouse dedication ceremony in San Antonio and to facilitate Jackson Walker’s sponsorship. Guests were able to attend a U.S. Naturalization ceremony. Erica also got a special behind-the-scenes tour of the conference room featuring photos donated by the Federal Bar Association San Antonio Chapter and taken by Judge Bert Richardson.
Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award Luncheon
Jackson Walker sponsored the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Karen H. Susman Jurisprudence Award Luncheon on May 10, 2022. The luncheon raised over $300,000 to support work in ADL’s Southwest Region.
‘Notorious RBG’ Exhibition
Jackson Walker served as a title sponsor of the Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Our Houston JW2 group hosted a private viewing of the exhibit on May 11, 2022.
LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner
Jackson Walker sponsored Holocaust Museum Houston’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Dinner on May 17, 2022.
United Way Campaign
On June 7, 2022, our Houston office assembled “Book Buddy” Literacy Kits for Houston-area children as part of United Way of Greater Houston’s challenge to create 2,022 kits for the organization’s centennial celebration.
Equality’s Night Out
Jackson Walker sponsored Equality’s Night Out presented by the Houston Leadership Committee of Lambda Legal. The event was held at LIFE HTX on June 16, 2022. Our firm has long supported Lambda Legal’s ongoing fight for equality, and has served as a sponsor of the annual Equality’s Night Out since its inception. We proudly recognize Kathy Silver for co-chairing the event and for serving on the Houston Leadership Committee.
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