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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.

September 29, 2016

WASHINGTON—The National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) honored Covington partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder with the 2016 Justice John Paul Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in bolstering civil rights and access to justice.  The NLADA’s Justice John Paul Stevens Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on a lawyer ...

September 27, 2016

WASHINGTON—Covington represented the Bendetson family pro bono in their successful effort to persuade Congress to enact a national moment of silence on Veterans Day each year in honor of all U.S. veterans.   The House of Representatives today unanimously passed the Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act (S. 1004), capping a three-year effort by Covington on behalf ...

September 23, 2016

Covington hosted its second annual Diversity Summit for prospective 2017 summer associates earlier this month, inviting students from law schools across the nation to the firm’s global headquarters in Washington to learn more about the firm’s commitment to diversity as well as meet a wide-range of diverse lawyers from a multitude of backgrounds and practice ...

September 22, 2016

In conjunction with non-profit education initiative Catalyst Network Foundation (CNF), a group of high school students recently had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience learning about the legal profession through an interactive discussion and tour of Covington’s Washington office.

September 21, 2016

Covington recently hosted a panel event in our Washington office in which members and friends of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) discussed the role and impact of diversity in corporate America. The panel was moderated by Covington associate Alex Sarria, who serves as pro bono general counsel to CHLI, and featured speakers Ray Dempsey (Vice ...

September 12, 2016

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Business Journal has recognized Aaron Lewis as one of the “Most Influential Minority Lawyers” in Los Angeles. The inaugural list names 40 “stellar minority lawyers in the LA region,” highlighting recent success in their respective areas of practice.  The Los Angeles Business Journal highlighted Mr. Lewis’s recent significant ...

August 1, 2016

WASHINGTON—The American Lawyer has named Covington to its 2016 “A-List,” an annual ranking of the top 20 firms based on revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, diversity, and associate satisfaction. Covington has appeared on the “A-List” eleven times since this honor was introduced in 2003. “We are extremely pleased to have again been named to The American ...

July 21, 2016

In July, associates Erika Skougard, Liz Saxe, and Jeff Bozman represented Covington at the OutNEXT LGBT Emerging Leader Summit in New York. The two-day program brought together professionals in law, finance, government, and business to meet one another and to collaborate in finding solutions to critical issues facing the LGBT community.

July 11, 2016, Law360

Jeff Bozman and Alan Pemberton are quoted in a Law360 article that features Covington as a leader among law firms fighting to end discrimination against transgender men and women. Bozman, commenting on Covington’s work with the ACLU to end the military ban on transgender people serving openly says, “What we were able to do was bring a lot of the Covington ...