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Grace Speights, John Daniels Jr., Anthony Pierce, and Benjamin Wilson


American managing partners are fi nding that their spheres of infl uence are far-reaching and more relevant than ever. Benjamin F. Wilson, managing principal at Beveridge &


Diamond, P.C., in Washington, D.C., says, historically only about 30 people of color have held positions as managing partners of majority-owned fi rms. “Now we have about 20 to 22 who are actively doing the job all over the country. “Many of us met during the 2010 Congressional Black Caucus weekend, and it was a great opportunity to talk about


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business development, about issues aff ecting women of color in law fi rms, and other common concerns that we share. A number of us knew one another, and one or two of us meet informally, but this was our fi rst offi cial meeting as the African American Managing Partners Network. We’re in our fourth year, and now our goal is to meet at diff erent events during the course of the year—whether at an American Bar Association event or a CBC event—where we might have our own agenda, and that’s working well for us.”


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