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Covington Receives MCCA Thomas L. Sager Award


WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2011 — The Minority Corporate Counsel Association has awarded Covington & Burling LLP its prestigious 2011 Thomas L. Sager Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region, noting the firm’s strong commitment to diversity.

The award is given each year to a law firm that demonstrate sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys. Tom Williamson, co-chair of Covington’s diversity committee and chair of the employment practice group, accepted the award at the organization’s Mid-Atlantic Region Networking Forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 9th.

“Covington takes enormous pride in being selected by MCCA as the Mid-Atlantic winner of the Thomas Sager Award both because it is a validation of our firm’s dedication and commitment to diversity and because the MCCA’s recognition will inspire us to work even harder to overcome the continuing challenges of advancing diversity in the legal profession,” Mr. Williamson said.

Andrea Reister, co-chair of the diversity committee and chair of the firm’s patent advisory practice, commented: “Covington is particularly honored to receive this award from MCCA, which under the leadership of Veta Richardson has been a long-time leader and trend setter for diversity in the legal profession. Much like MCCA, diversity at Covington is part of the fabric and culture of the firm, and we are proud of our commitment and achievements.”

The award is named for Thomas L. Sager, a MCCA board member and senior vice president and general counsel of DuPont. It is presented to outstanding law firms at five Regional Networking Forums during the year.

“MCCA is pleased to acknowledge Covington & Burling with this award,” said Veta T. Richardson, executive director of the MCCA. “Their commitment to diversity sets an example for other law firms as together we work toward a legal profession where everyone is truly welcome.”

Covington offers a series of overlapping initiatives and programs designed to identify, recruit, mentor, retain and promote women, minorities and LGBT attorneys. Working Mother magazine has rated the firm as one of the top companies nationally for working mothers every year for the past five years. For the past two years, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s "Corporate Equality Index Survey" ranked Covington at 100%.

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