LCLD Alumni Spotlight: A Q&A with Kevin Gooch
Partner Kevin Gooch was featured in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) Alumni Spotlight in its #TalentRising newsletter. Mr. Gooch, a 2015 LCLD Fellow, talked about 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing educational and economic opportunities for vulnerable youth in the Atlanta community; Mr. Gooch currently serves as the organization's Chairman of the Board of Directors. He recalled how he first became involved with 100 Black Men of Atlanta and described some of its core programming, including its Career Pipeline and 100 Robotics Alliance. He added that the most rewarding aspect of his role is "changing lives."
"To see a young person that we worked with in high school to overcome immense challenges that would have brought adults to their knees like the death of a parent, yet make it to graduate from law school, is a feeling that is hard to match," he said. "When we provide the tuition assistance to allow a young person to realize the dream of attending their college of choice, it makes all of the work worth it. When we receive a text message or email from a student thanking us for being there when they suffered the death of a sibling or we connected them with an internship opportunity or we opened their eyes to a career path they never knew existed, it's a feeling that is unparalleled...We are making transformational change in our community, which is incredibly rewarding."