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Diversity

At Covington, we recognize the differences among us as an asset and a source of strength. We believe that excellence in the practice of law knows no racial, ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation, or other boundaries. Covington lawyers bring a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences to our practice. By recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting a diverse group of lawyers, we advance the interests of our clients, our practice, and our entire profession.

May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON — Covington partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was named to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (LDF) National Board of Directors. Mr. Holder recently received LDF’s highest honor, the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, named for its founder and the first African-American Supreme Court justice. Mr. Holder's ...

May 19, 2016

Over 20 Covington lawyers attended a very special event: “A Man of Quiet Bravery,” a re-enactment of Korematsu v. United States, honoring the courage of Fred Korematsu in fighting for the civil rights of Japanese-Americans. The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC (APABA-DC) organized the event.

May 16, 2016

Partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with the Children's Law Center in a recent interview about the government's focus on children. He had a front-row seat to how tough it was to grow up in 1990s DC, the decade when Children’s Law Center was founded.

May 16, 2016

On May 13, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona ruled that Sheriff Joe Arpaio, along with several of his subordinates, were in civil contempt in a long-running civil rights case. The court found multiple intentional violations of its prior orders, including a preliminary injunction prohibiting the detention of suspected illegal ...

May 15, 2016

Covington is included in Law360’s ranking of the 100 top U.S. law firms for minorities, based on firms’ self-reported minority representation at the partner and nonpartner levels and the total number of minority attorneys.

May 7, 2016

Over the weekend, a group of current and former Covington attorneys—including SF associates Udit Sood, Lindsey Barnhart, Kate Scherschel, and Ashley Simonsen—and law students at Stanford and Berkeley attended the National Center for Lesbian Rights Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco.

April 30, 2016

Microsoft deputy general counsel (and first female lawyer) Mary Snapp and Covington’s London head of technology, Lisa Peets, discuss the diversity work that their organizations are doing, both separately and together, in a joint interview with GC Magazine. Among other topics, Lisa Peets spoke about Covington’s approach to diversity. Peets says, “We approach ...

April 28, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia awarded Tom Williamson with its Servant of Justice Award at its 27th Annual Servant of Justice Awards Dinner. Mr. Williamson, who joined Covington in 1974 and has spent his entire private practice career at the firm, was recognized for making the struggle for equal justice a core part of his ...

April 27, 2016

A dedicated team in the LA office represented Kenya, a transgender woman from El Salvador, in her bid for asylum in the United States. Kenya fled El Salvador after suffering employment and educational discrimination as well as violent attacks that the police ignored. On one occasion she was shot while working on behalf of an LGBT rights organization in San ...