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the endowment is to create a self-funded internship program over a fi xed period of time to ensure its longevity. Beginning in the summer of 2012, the internship will also include a new pro bono requirement for law student participants. Launched in 2008 with an MCCA Diversity Dollars Grant, the program has been successful and grown signifi cantly each year since its inception in the number of applications received, interest and participation from member companies; and interns selected. During the summer of 2011, the internship program included seven interns and six hosting companies.


Winston & Strawn shows its commitment to LGBT issues both internally and externally. Within the fi rm, we have worked to “level the playing fi eld” through a clearly defi ned non-discrimination/EEO policy, same-sex partner benefi ts, an expanded domestic partner benefi t policy that provides a gross tax up-payment for employees in same-sex partnerships, and a childcare/family leave policy that applies to LGBT parents. Our LGBT Affi nity Group provides networking, outreach, and leadership opportunities to fi rm attorneys and staff . Outside of the fi rm, we provide pro bono legal services to LGBT-related organizations, support LGBT legislation, off er scholarships to diverse law school students, and provide fi nancial support and leadership to LGBT organizations.



In 2010, Steptoe’s Chief Diversity Partner (CDP) initiated a Diversity and Inclusion Client Interview Project, under which she and a diverse associate interview general coun- sels and diversity offi cers of major corporations, often fi rm clients, who are recognized as leaders of D/I best practices. T e goal is to learn how the D/I initiatives of these compa- nies developed and succeeded, what strategies are in place to maintain the momentum, and to establish collaborations with successful D/I companies for mutual support and assistance. T ese discussions will help Steptoe benchmark its eff orts against the eff ective programs and practices of top organizations. Steptoe has already infused its diversity/ inclusion program with innovative ideas resulting from this project. T e D/I Client Interview Project has also strength- ened existing and potential client relationships by providing opportunities for both parties to mutually advance creative and successful diversity/inclusion initiatives.


BENJAMIN F. WILSON Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Mr. Wilson is the Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. His present litigation practice encompasses a wide range of activities in both state and federal courts, including commercial litigation matters and environ- mental litigation. He has been lead counsel in several complex litigation matters for major corporations and developers, and has represented numerous cities and local government agencies on Clean Water Act enforce- ment and wetlands development matters. Mr. Wilson graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta

Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1973 with an A.B. in history. He received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1976. He serves as an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University Law School where he teaches courses on Environmental Law and Environmental Justice. Mr. Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of the

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, as well as the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute. In 2010, he was recognized by the National Bar

Association Commercial Law Section, receiving its coveted Outside Counsel Award for his excellent work and service on behalf of his clients, and his work promoting diversity in the profession. In 2010, Mr. Wilson was feted for his work organizing the Diverse Partners Network in Washington, D.C., in a Diversity & The Bar article entitled “Powering Up: A Look at the First Generation of Minority Managing Partners.” He was also named to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland/DC Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In 2009, Mr. Wilson received the Wiley Branton Award

for outstanding achievement in civil rights law by the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Development. The Environmental Leadership Program also honored Mr. Wilson with “A Celebration of Leadership: Remembering Dr. King’s Environmental Legacy with Benjamin Wilson.”

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