Diversity & Inclusion

For many years, Liskow & Lewis has worked to build and retain diversity within our firm.  We formalized our commitment years ago with the adoption of a Strategic Plan for Recruitment, Advancement and Retention of Minority Lawyers.  Since that time, the firm’s commitment to and progress in pursuit of increased diversity has received recognition from industry associations and client partners. For example, Liskow was awarded Chevron's Law Function's 2019 Law Firm Diversity Award, and in 2017, BP recognized the firm with the inaugural BP Legal Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Award.

In 2019, the firm hosted a live diversity webinar where speakers Precious Williams Owodunni and Rosa Maria Villagomez led an interactive discussion of what’s working for corporate legal departments in terms of diversity and inclusion, and in the spring of 2016, the firm hosted a firm/client collaborative workshop on diversity led by Dr. Arin Reeves, a leading national researcher, author, and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion.

Additionally, the firm formally celebrates Black History Month with a presentation led by notable diverse speakers each year. In February 2020, Liskow welcomed guest speakers, Judge Sidney Cates IV and his father, Sidney Cates III, for the firm's 16th Annual Black History Month Program. They spoke about the Knights of Peter Claver, the oldest and largest African-American Catholic fraternal organization in the U.S., of which several generations of the Cates family were influential members. Sidney Cates III was also the first African American to hold multiple leadership positions within the New Orleans Police Department. In 2019, the firm welcomed Ruby Bridges, the first African American child to integrate an elementary school in the South, and Judge Brian Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (and former shareholder of Liskow & Lewis). Special guests Phoebe Ferguson and Keith Plessy, founders of the Plessy & Ferguson Foundation, spoke at the firm's 2018 program. Liskow is proud to continue this long-standing tradition celebrating many special guests who have paved the way for the diverse culture that is present today.

Liskow & Lewis understands the importance of developing, promoting, and retaining diverse attorneys and has made steps to promote and foster a diverse and inclusive work culture. For example, Liskow recently signed the Houston Bar Association’s Gender Fairness Commitment and the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Statement of Diversity Principles Commitment, both commitments are dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion within the firm and its leadership positions. 

Outside our Organization

Liskow & Lewis lawyers have served in leadership roles and actively participate in national and local organizations that promote diversity within the legal profession. To this end:

  • The firm is a frequent sponsor of events hosted by professional organizations that share our commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The firm recently sponsored the Houston Bar Association's Gender Fairness Committee 15th Anniversary Celebration and is a frequent sponsor of the Texas Minority Counsel Program;
  • Liskow is actively involved in programs that further diversity at law schools in the communities in which we live and work. We annually sponsor and support the Southern University Law Review Banquet and Loyola Black Law Students Association Scholarship Gala, and we recently sponsored the University of Texas Women’s Power Summit on Law & Leadership.
  • The firm has hosted mock interview programs for members of law school minority student associations to help improve interview skills.
  • Members of our firm volunteer to serve as mentors to minority and women law students, and maintain contacts with staff from the Offices of Career Services of Louisiana and Texas law schools.

Our commitment to diversity is driven not by external pressures. Rather, it is rooted in a belief that our clients are best served by the experience, expertise, and perspective that is the byproduct of rich diversity. 

Where We Lead in Diversity

  • The National Bar Association
  • The Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • The Women’s Energy Network
  • The State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee; Minority Involvement Section
  • The Women’s Business Alliance of the Greater Houston Partnership
  • The Hispanic Lawyers Network
  • The Houston Bar Association 

Our Diverse Leaders

Tiffany Davis

  • Chair of Liskow & Lewis’ Diversity Committee

Jana Grauberger

  • Board of Directors for Liskow & Lewis
  • President of Women's Energy Network National Board of Directors

Shannon Holtzman

  • Former Member of the Board of Directors for Liskow & Lewis

Kelly Becker

  • Assistant Leader of Liskow & Lewis' Energy Group
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors for Liskow & Lewis

Carey Menasco

  • Hiring Partner for Liskow & Lewis
  • Board of Directors for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Peggy Adams

  • Chair of Liskow & Lewis’ Real Estate and Succession Section

Cheryl Kornick

  • Chair of Liskow & Lewis’ Technology Committee

Don Abaunza

  • Board of Advisors for the Tulane Maritime Law Center

Lauren Bridges

  • Young Lawyers Division Executive Board for the Jefferson Bar Association

Alma Shields

  • Board Member for Young Friends of CanCare
  • Sponsorship Chair of Houston Women's Energy Network

Marilyn Maloney

  • President of American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Kathryn Gonski

  • Chair of Liskow & Lewis' Paralegal Committee

April Rolen-Ogden

  • Former Member of the Board of Directors for Liskow & Lewis

Recruiting and Professional Development

Liskow & Lewis regularly recruits top graduates from leading law schools in Louisiana, Texas and across the country, including those students who share our commitment to continuing the development of a diverse firm culture.

To accomplish this:

  • We regularly participate in the LSBA Minority Job Fair and the Tulane Diversity Clerkship Program for summer associate positions.
  • The firm annually sponsors Southern University’s Law Review Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet.
  • Liskow & Lewis is proud to have sponsored the student breakfast for the Sunbelt Minority Job Fair in Dallas, Texas, one of the nation’s largest minority-oriented recruitment programs.
  • The firm sponsored the 2016 National Black Law Students Association’s Inaugural Regional Convention.

While identifying and recruiting successful minority students and lawyers is critical to our diversity efforts, Liskow & Lewis believes that mentoring and assisting our young lawyers in their professional development is equally important.

  • Our Associate Training Committee meets monthly with associates to tackle various topics ranging from practical training to client development;
  • The firm’s Mentoring Program provides each young lawyer with additional guidance on how to meet the demands of their profession;
  • Realizing that women lawyers and minorities may face unique challenges during their careers, the Diversity Committee ensures that these lawyers receive the advice and assistance necessary to meet their professional development needs as well as the needs of their clients. Through participation in events as the annual American Conference Institute’s Law Firm Diversity Forum, the University of Texas Women's Power Summit on Law and Leadership and DRI’s Diversity for Success Seminar, Liskow & Lewis continues our pursuit of innovative and effective methods of assisting our young lawyers.

"The firm’s approach to selecting and hiring young lawyers for a CAREER at Liskow & Lewis is very attractive to women lawyers – who wouldn’t want the opportunity day in/day out to do challenging work for top-notch clients in an environment where your voice is heard, your opinion valued?  This firm is about long-term relationships, and I think that helps promote an environment where women lawyers can see the path to success.”

- Jana Grauberger, Shareholder

 

Diversity and Inclusion Firm Events

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