Legal industry blog Above the Law featured McGuireWoods’ support
for the Pipeline to Practice Foundation Inc. in a
March 23 story
about the nonprofit organization’s efforts to diversify the legal
profession. Pipeline to Practice announced the firm’s sponsorship in a
that quoted McGuireWoods’ New York office managing partner Noreen Kelly
and chairman Jon Harmon
about the firm’s participation in the program.
In the release, Kelly — who serves as a firm liaison to Pipeline to
Practice along with New York associate and Pipeline to Practice board
member Aaron Jaroff
— commented, "What excited us about working with Pipeline to Practice is
the opportunity to work alongside motivated young attorneys who are using
their talents to address the legal diversity issue head-on. While we were
happy to provide financial support, the opportunities to leverage our
firm's personnel and resources in order to help better position the next
generation of diverse lawyers was what really appealed to us."
Harmon added, "Programs that nurture and develop talented and diverse law
students early on create better opportunities for the legal profession to
invest in a more diverse future. McGuireWoods is honored to help Pipeline
to Practice in its efforts to mentor and support diverse law students as
part of our firm's own commitment to diversity and inclusion."
Established in 2015, Pipeline to Practice employs
a two-pronged approach to growing the next generation of diverse leaders in
the profession. The foundation identifies exceptional first-year diverse
law students and offers them free access to programming and mentoring
throughout law school to help them excel academically. The foundation also
supports diverse early-stage lawyers in their professional development to
give them skills they need to become future leaders.
McGuireWoods will host two educational webinars as well as "mock"
interviews exclusively for Pipeline to Practice fellows in 2018.