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    July 16, 2008  

Minority Partners
Meet the Summers


Inspiring scene at Venable last night in East End as 200 gathered for the D.C. Minority Partners’ reception for minority summer associates from firms across the city. Enlightening, too. We always knew our host Karl Racine, managing partner of Venable, has a way with words (he quoted from Nelson Mandela), politics (a Clinton White House counsel), and litigation (civil, criminal, and appellate). But until last night, we’d forgotten the best: in college days, he was an All Ivy League Point Guard for Penn.


The people responsible for the evening were (on left) Ben Wilson, Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond and head of D.C. Minority Partners, and Venable partner Lisa Tavares, who Karl said did all the heavy lifting. As for Michele Roberts of Akin Gump and new DC Bar President-elect Kim Keenan of the Keenan Firm, well, our camera can never resist them. Ben tells us the Minority Partners Association, which had its organizational meeting just May 16, is now up to 216 members.


The Covington crew: Summers Jillian Willis and Jihad Beauchman, both at Harvard Law, bookend partners Tom Williamson and Catherine Dargan. Each has good reason to be smiling: Catherine just finalized Eli Lilly’s purchase of STX Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego biotech; Tom just won summary judgment for UBS against a race discrimination claim in the District of Maryland; and Jillian and Jihad, of course, are happily living the summer associate life. Jihad’s favorite firm outing: the go-kart racing trip near Dulles. Or was that an exercise in finding liability claims?


Trish Butler, Chair of Howrey’s Diversity Committee, Alicia Batts of Proskauer Rose, and George Jones of Sidley turned away from pressing matters—hors d’oeuvres—for this snap. Should you ever have an ethics quandary, George is the man to see. Former DC Bar President, he spends a third of his time counseling lawyers on professional responsibility issues and also chairs the D.C. Federal District Court’s Committee on Grievances, addressing instances of possible attorney misconduct. He’s also chair of the D.C. Circuit’s Historical Society, which is currently educating judges about preserving their personal papers for posterity. (Say that five times fast.)


Vince Cohen, former Assistant U.S. Attorney for D.C. and now partner with litigation boutique Schertler & Onorato, and Todd Cranford, Of Counsel with Patton Boggs. When he’s not tending to his 15-month old Sean or watching Backyardigans cartoons with his three-year-old Sydney, Todd has been lobbying Capital Hill on its response to the sub-prime mess for financial services firms. (Perhaps can be forgiven if he forgets which activity he’s doing.)


And here’s our friend Scott Bolden, right, who’s now an old hat as Managing Partner at Reed Smith’s DC office. Okay, he’s only been in the role for three months but it seems to fit—last night he was introducing around a new associate he had just pulled in from the L.A. office. With Scott are Greg Olanira of Stinson Morrison Hecker and Sheryl Robinson Wood of Saul Ewing.

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