Presentations, Programs and Involvement
In support of our inclusiveness goals, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) is involved in a number of diversity-related organizations and hosts and/or sponsors a variety of events and activities for our attorneys and staff.
Below is a sampling of recent MLA programs and presentations:
In September 2011, the Georgia Diversity Council honored MLA Chairman Jeff Haidet and Partners Sam Choy and Saba Ashraf at its 2nd Annual Georgia Leadership Conference. The Georgia Diversity Council is an organization committed to diversity in the workplace and community, promoting places of work where individuals are valued for their uniqueness. Each year, the Council selects outstanding Georgian leaders who exemplify leadership excellence in both the private and public sectors. The Council recognized Jeff with its Leadership Excellence Award, presented to a select group of individuals from diverse fields who exhibit exceptional leadership qualities. Saba was recognized as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Georgia. Saba's leadership excellence, record of achievement at MLA and dedication to the community were key factors in her recognition as a powerful Georgian woman. Sam received the Multicultural Leader of Georgia Award for personifying the standards set forth by the Georgia Diversity Council. This award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through achievements and have exemplified the ability to excel in a particular field.
In July 2011, Partners Tami Azorsky, Joanne Zimolzak and Jessica Abrahams presented a program entitled “Paths to Success” to the summer associates in the Washington and Los Angeles offices. The program focused on the various paths to partnership for female attorneys at our firm.
- Diversity Committee Chair Charlotte Combre presented an "Organizational Skills" program at the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Professional Development Academy in October 2011. The Academy provides serious and intense professional and personal development to both male and female members commencing their legal careers. It is open to law student members in their second through fourth years of law school in Georgia, as well as junior practicing attorney members with less than four years of experience.
- In October 2010, MLA Chairman Jeff Haidet attended the inaugural conference of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This unique organization limits its membership to general counsels and firm managing partners actively involved in improving legal diversity. Jeff participated as part of the Talent Development Committee, working with other committee members to implement LCLD's first strategic initiative - a yearlong Fellows program. The Fellows program is aimed at future law firm leaders and is designed to accelerate their learning curve. LCLD is also focusing on improving the legal career pipeline, creating partnerships and collaborative efforts between managing partners, general counsels and their institutions and instituting legal benchmarking.
"One of my reasons for joining this firm was that its culture was comfortable with the subject we now call diversity. In American society, we are the folks in the engine room cutting the gears for social conduct with the tools of our profession: reason, analysis and judgment; gender and ethnicity inform and enhance those skills but never limit them."
Partner - Corporate
Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA
Founding Director and Past President, Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium, Inc. (ALDC)
Recipient of 2009 ALDC Commitment to Equality Award