Orlando, Fla. – June 5, 2012 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that the firm has been selected to receive two distinguished awards recognizing its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The firm was chosen by the Orlando-based Paul C. Perkins Bar Association (PCPBA) for its 2012 Law Firm of the Year Award. The PCPBA is a voluntary bar association primarily composed of African American lawyers serving the Central Florida community. The Law Firm of the Year Award recognizes Holland & Knight's demonstrated commitment to diversity at all levels (hiring, retention, promotion, pro bono efforts, etc.) and work handling cases that benefit communities of color or low-income communities in the Greater Orlando area. Alvin Benton and Terryl Williams accepted the award on the firm's behalf at a ceremony on May 31.
Holland & Knight will also receive The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division's 2012 Diversity Award at The Florida Bar's Annual Meeting in Orlando on June 22. This highly-coveted award recognizes the person or entity that demonstrates the highest morality and respect for all persons, for efforts and allegiance to creating diversity, and promoting a more diverse workplace.
"We are extremely gratified to be honored by both the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association and The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division," said Holland & Knight's Diversity Partner, Tiffani Lee. "Our goal is to be a leader in this important area - to promote diversity and inclusion within the firm, within the communities in which we live and practice, and within the profession. This recognition confirms that our institutional diversity programs and emphasis on community outreach make a difference."
Holland & Knight's diversity and inclusion efforts include the implementation of national and local diversity committees; support of firmwide affinity groups; comprehensive recruiting, mentoring and training programs; sponsorship of educational and scholarship programs that celebrate diversity and expand the diversity pipeline; and active involvement in local and national organizations that advance the progress of under-represented groups in the legal profession.
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