From coast to coast, Asians and Asian Americans have been subjected to racist attacks, some leading to severe injuries and even death, even before the Atlanta murders. The Coalition joins the Governor’s Commission in “condemn[ing] the recent attacks on Asian Pacific Americans across the nation and call[ing] for all Pennsylvanians to stand up against anti-Asian hate and racism in all forms.” From coast to coast, Asians and Asian Americans have been subjected to racist attacks, some leading to severe injuries and even death. Here in Pennsylvania, Asian American high school students have been the target of threats of bodily harm. The Advisory Commission statement provides guidance on where to report such incidents. View the statement.
This month, the Coalition is pleased to welcome three new members: Cozen O’Connor, Howmet, and Leech Tishman. Learn more about each, below:
The 35 lawyers in Cozen O’Connor’s Pittsburgh office serve a diverse client list that includes Fortune 500 companies, healthcare providers, institutes of higher education, middle-market and emerging growth companies. The AmLaw100 firm has offices in 29 cities across two continents. Cozen O’Connor lawyer Bobbi Britton Tucker has been active in the Coalition’s Diversity Champions for several years and says:
“Cozen O’Connor is pleased to join with the other members of the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition to achieve a more diverse and inclusive legal community. We understand that by welcoming and valuing diverse perspectives and experiences, we can better serve our clients, help attorneys and staff members achieve their professional goals, and positively impact our communities.”
Pittsburgh-headquartered Howmet Aerospace Inc. is a global leader in engineered metal products. Its engines, fasteners, structures, and wheels are transforming the aerospace and commercial transportation industries.
“At Howmet, we are committed to addressing inequality and other social injustices both at the systemic and interpersonal level; we believe that diversity and a culture of inclusion makes for a strong legal profession, strong businesses, and strong communities. We are proud to join the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition and excited to connect with likeminded legal professionals in the Pittsburgh area.” – Els Baum – Associate Counsel & Howmet Legal D&I Lead
Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Offering a wide range of legal services. Leech Tishman is headquartered in Pittsburgh and also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, State College, and Wilmington, DE.
“Leech Tishman is honored to join the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition and to have the opportunity to join our region’s most prominent law firms and law departments in fostering a culture of diversity and inclusivity in the legal profession. We believe that a commitment to diversity & inclusion within our firm and community will enrich our corporate culture and bring added value to our relationships with our clients, offering fresh perspectives and experiences in resolving their legal issues.” – Pete A. Fuscaldo – Managing Partner, Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC
The PLDIC welcomes its newest member, DICK’S Sporting Goods. Its legal department is led by General Counsel and Senior Vice President John Hayes. DICK’S is a Pittsburgh-based company founded in 1948, currently with over 728 stores throughout the nation. The company is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories. DICK’S serves and inspires athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated teammates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as GameChanger, a youth sports mobile app for scheduling, communications, and live scorekeeping. For more information, visit dicks.com.
“DICK’S Sporting Goods is proud to join the Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition. We know that diverse teams are more effective and we’re committed to promoting an inclusive culture within our company and our communities.”
-John E. Hayes – SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Black History Month (also known as African American History Month), which occurs annually during the month of February, celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation’s history. Throughout the month, the PLDIC will feature profiles of four of our Black lawyers (and one soon-to-be lawyer). Stay tuned to our website, newsletter, and social media outlets to learn more about these outstanding featured individuals and hear their thoughts on Black History Month and how to observe it with books, movies, and TV shows, along with advice on how to make your workplaces more inclusive for African-American lawyers.
Koppers is an industry-leading wood preservation technology company that employs more than 2,100 employees globally. Guided by its purpose of Protecting What Matters and Preserving the Future, Koppers is committed to creating a more inclusive culture and diverse workforce to help build a more equitable tomorrow. General Counsel Stephanie Apostolou said that Koppers is proud to join the PLDIC. Welcome, Koppers!
Two Coalition members, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, both recently named new chief diversity officers — Lloyd Freeman and Danielle Dietrich, respectively. Although Buchanan has had two previous Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officers, Freeman is the first to do the job full-time. Dietrich is Strassburger’s first CDO. Both Freeman and Dietrich have already attended Coalition programs and Dietrich is a member of the Ally-Ready Training Program. Learn more about Lloyd and Danielle‘s appointments.