Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Gordon Feinblatt's Statement on Equality

Injustice, inequality, and racism, in every form, are reprehensible.  We stand in the fight against racism with the Black community, including our many friends, colleagues, clients, and neighbors. The protests around the country and here in Baltimore present us an opportunity to reflect on our role in increasing the presence, inclusion, and success of Black people in our Firm and in the legal and professional community.
 
If we want to create a world that truly works better, we must do the hard work of addressing the systemic inequality and injustice facing members of our society.   In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to seek out opportunities to engage on issues of equity and inclusion.  We expect we will do this, in part, through continued training and enhanced dialogue with our Firm personnel, mentoring and financial support of organizations and initiatives.
 
At the same time, we feel like words and promises to continue working without any immediate action also fails to meet this moment.  In recognizing the acute issues of this moment, we are donating to the NAACP.  The NAACP’s work to eliminate racial disparities and seek justice is crucial to addressing some of the systemic issues that have again come to the forefront of the national dialogue.
 
Much more is needed, and our commitment has been and must be ongoing.  We are crucially committed to not just hearing the Black community, but intently listening to its members with empathy, learning, and understanding.

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Promoting the advancement of diversity, both within the Firm and in the community, is of utmost importance to Gordon Feinblatt. The Firm strongly supports the growth of diversity in the law, including diversity in race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language and experiences. We believe supporting diversity initiatives is not just important but the right thing to do. In cultivating different ideas and perspectives, our goal is to encourage diversity and inclusion among our attorneys and staff. We support activities that promote diversity and engage in many activities and organizations to encourage inclusion. We believe that diversity among all personnel enhances the Firm's ability to respond to the needs of a dynamic and increasingly diverse business community.

In 2017, the Firm reconstituted its commitment to diversity and inclusion by launching a comprehensive initiative aimed at addressing four core pillars:

With a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee comprised of lawyers and staff working in sub-committees, Gordon Feinblatt’s goal is to weave diversity and inclusion thoughtfully and purposefully into the Firm’s culture at every level and in the communities in which we live and work.

The Firm is a proud member of the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance.

University of Maryland Black Law Students Association at the 2020 Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition

Students from the University of Maryland Black Law Student Association (BLSA) attended the 2020 Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition in Ohio. Gordon Feinblatt sponsored and coached the team. Several lawyers taught them the fundamentals of negotiation in a real-life setting.

Robyn Seabrease and Alex Montanio at Diversity & Flexibility Alliance Conference

Senior Director of Human Resources & Office Administration, Robyn Seabrease, and Attorney/Corporate Social Responsibility Administrator, Alex Montanio, attended the 2019 Diversity and Flexibility Alliance Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

Judicial Reception
Judicial Reception 2019

We are honored to host the Annual Judicial Reception for members of the judiciary throughout Maryland. The event last evening was organized by the Alliance of Black Woman Attorneys of Maryland, Monumental City Bar Association, Gloria Richardson Bar Association, Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Flamenco Dancer at GF Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month

On October 10, 2019, the Firm celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration that included a fun fact scavenger hunt, food, drinks and dance. 

National Bar Association

On June 11, 2019, the Firm hosted a reception for the National Bar Association and its president, Joe Drayton. The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Black Law Students Association Firm Diversity Award 2019

Gordon Feinblatt is honored to receive the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) 2019 Firm Diversity Award. The Firm Diversity Award is presented to a firm in the greater Baltimore area that promotes the recruitment and retention of minority attorneys.

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
The Firm is proud to be a member of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

In 2018, Gordon Feinblatt LLC joined the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.  The Alliance is a think tank dedicated to helping organizations create inclusive cultures that advance diversity and flexibility to attract and retain top talent.

An Evening with the Judiciary

Each year, the Firm hosts the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, the Monumental City Bar Association, the Gloria Richardson Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland's annual judicial reception. This photo was taken at the 2018 reception, held on October 17, 2018.

University of Maryland Black Law Student Association

Gordon Feinblatt sponsored and coached a team of students from the University of Maryland Black Law Student Association at the 12th Annual Nelson Mandela International Negotiation Competition in Brooklyn, NY. The students prepared for two months to compete against competitors from other BLSA chapters using alternative dispute resolution methods to solve complex cross border issues based on real world problems.

Thurgood Marshall Clerkship Program

Each year, Gordon Feinblatt is a sponsor of the Office of the Attorney General’s Thurgood Marshall Clerkship Program.  The Firm hosted a lunch and Bob Enten spoke to the students on June 21, 2018.  The program brings law students together with diverse backgrounds to explore the legal and public service sectors and prepare them for careers in the field.

Chris McMahan, Executive Director, Elizabeth Nix, Todd Chason, Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

On February 13, 2018, the Firm hosted a special breakfast featuring Elizabeth Nix, a professor of legal, ethical, and historical studies at the University of Baltimore and coeditor of Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City. Elizabeth brought examples of structural racism to light by educating attendees about the history of Baltimore and how that history has resulted in discriminatory patterns, policies and segregation. All personnel were invited to attend.

ABWA Members (Left to Right): Carol Ann Smith, Nancy O. Tinch and Josephia Rouse

Gordon Feinblatt hosted an "Evening with the Judiciary" on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 with members of the Alliance of Black Woman Attorneys of Maryland, the Monumental City Bar Association, the Gloria Richardson Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland.

Cristo Rey Corporate Internship Program Sponsor
Sponsor of the Corporate Internship Program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

Gordon Feinblatt is pleased to be a sponsor of the Corporate Internship Program at Cristo Rey. Cristo Rey Jesuit is a Catholic, co-ed high school that provides a college preparatory education to students from under-served neighborhoods in Baltimore City. In partnerships with the Maryland Province Jesuits, the Cristo Rey network and the Baltimore business community, Cristo Rey empowers students to succeed in college, work and life.

Gordon Feinblatt participates in Thurgood Marshall Program
Gordon Feinblatt participates in Thurgood Marshall Program

Each year, Gordon Feinblatt is a sponsor of the Office of the Attorney General's Thurgood Marshall Clerkship Program. The program brings law students with diverse backgrounds together to explore the legal, public service sector and prepare them for careers in the field.

Law Links Participant and Gordon Feinblatt
Law Links Participant, Jaira Elliott, with Human Resources Director, Robyn Seabrease

Every summer, Gordon Feinblatt participates in the Law Links Program which is an initiative of the Citizenship Law Related Education Program (CLREP). The goal is for a rising junior or senior high school student to work at participating law firms to learn about life as a lawyer and gain exposure to law firm culture. Gordon Feinblatt is pleased to have been a sponsor of this program since its inception in 1994.

Gordon Feinblatt and NAACP
Ad from the July 23-24, 2017 CLE Seminar in Baltimore

Gordon Feinblatt co-sponsored the Continuing Legal Education Reception at the 2017 NAACP Annual Convention and has provided 25 years of legal service to the NAACP.