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Affinity Groups at Covington

To support and guide the activities of the various affinity groups that our diverse lawyers represent, Covington established five Diversity Committee subcommittees: African American/Black, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, LGBT+, and Veterans. An important part of our work and culture, active affinity groups help us connect with one another and provide mentoring, learning, and development opportunities in professional forums.

These affinity groups enable a more focused and cohesive vehicle for our diverse lawyers to mentor, carry out community building activities, and focus on relationship development within the respective affinity groups. Each group is empowered to annually map out activities; plan and budget for the group’s events and sponsorships; and guide the career development and address challenges that members of each group face.

African American/Black Affinity Group

  • The African American/Black Affinity Group provides a touchpoint for lawyers at all levels of seniority to engage with each other on a range of issues, including strategic firm matters, diversity, professional development, recruiting, and public service.
  • As a founding member of the “Washington, DC Road Show”established over four decades ago by major Washington, DC law firmsCovington is committed to encouraging African-American law students to practice in large law firms in the capital. For nearly a decade, Michael Baxter, one of our African-American partners, has organized the road show for all Washington, DC firms.
  • The group supports the work of the Black Law Students Association at law schools throughout the United States. 
  • The London office participates in and sponsors the Warwick University Multicultural Scholars Programme.

Leadership and Key Contacts

Phyllis Jones (Chair) and Aaron Lewis

Asian American Affinity Group

Leadership and Key Contacts

Mona Patel (Chair), Anne Lee, Chris Yeung, and Stan Young

Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group

  • Our Hispanic/Latino Affinity Group supports various organizations, including the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
    • Serving as a sponsor, Covington also sends representatives to the HNBA’s Annual Convention.
  • Covington is proud to be a part of the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI), now in its second year, which facilitates and increases Hispanic representation in the field of IP law. 

Leadership and Key Contacts

Nicole Duclos, Miguel López Forastier, and Gabriel Mesa

LGBT+ Affinity Group

  • Covington is a member of Out in Law, the “first annual LGBT leadership organization for the legal industry, by the legal industry.” Jean Veta serves on the leadership committee for Out in Law.
    • Covington lawyers attended the second annual, and first global, OutNEXT LGBT Emerging Leader Summit in New York in July 2015.
  • Covington supports the LeGaL Foundation, one of the nation’s first bar associations of the LGBT legal community.
  • We hosted several educational events with Lambda Legal, including tax and family planning seminars for LGBT families concerning recent changes in federal tax policy that allow for federal recognition of community property of LGBT couples and programs providing a legal update on marriage equality litigation in California. Jean Veta also serves on the Lambda Legal DC leadership committee.

Leadership and Key Contacts

Stefanie Doebler (Chair), Bill Collins, Andrea Reister, and Jean Veta

Veterans Affinity Group

  • The Veterans Affinity Group provides a more formalized structure for veterans and those interested in veterans’ issues to meet regularly, both socially and to discuss professional development, and to provide a resource for our recruiting efforts in identifying and helping to encourage candidates with prior military experience to choose Covington.
  • Click here for a list of Covington attorneys with prior military experience.
  • Click here for a representative list of veterans-related matters handled by Covington attorneys.

Leadership and Key Contacts

Ben Block (Chair), Larry Hobel, and Micaela McMurrough.