SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 14, 2014) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Thomas L. Sager Award for the Midwest Region by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). This marks the third time Littler has received the prestigious Sager Award, which is presented annually to law firms that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity in their organizations. Littler previously won in 2011 in the Midwest Region and in 2009 for the Western Region.
“It is a tremendous honor to once again be recognized for Littler’s diversity program,” said Thomas Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of the firm, in a joint statement. “Diversity is a critical element of Littler’s identity and we are continually working to expand and strengthen our diverse workforce while remaining fully committed to providing an inclusive, open and respectful culture.”
The Sager Award is named after DuPont Senior Vice President and General Counsel Thomas L. Sager, a widely-respected leader in diversity. Winners are selected based on various criteria including statistical data, recruitment, retention and mentoring and promotion methods, as well as collaborative endeavors with community and bar associations and innovative practices that result in practicable efforts to increase diversity. Only one winner is selected from each of five U.S. regions.
Littler was honored by the MCCA as the Midwest Region Award recipient at a luncheon on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles. Natalie Pierce, co-chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, and Lisa “Lee” A. Schreter, Littler’s newly-appointed chairwoman of its board of directors, attended the ceremony. Schreter accepted the award on the firm’s behalf and in her acceptance speech, Schreter remarked, “We thank the MCCA for this award and Thomas Sager for being its inspiration. It means a great deal to Littler and I am confident that it will inspire us to continue our work in the service of opportunity, diversity and inclusion.”
Littler’s various diversity programs have positioned it as one of the leading firms in the area of diversity and inclusion. In addition to its internal programs, the firm’s Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Practice Group educates clients about the benefits of having a highly diverse workforce and guides them in making appropriate decisions regarding diversity strategies. The practice group has also developed a diversity and anti-discrimination training program, which was engineered by experts in discrimination law.
Littler has received numerous awards and accolades from a number of clients, media and industry organizations for its diversity efforts, including Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Vault, the Human Rights Campaign, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, Working Mother magazine, Law360, Multicultural Law magazine, Yale Law Women, Starbucks Coffee Company, Associated Builders and Contractors, the American Lawyer and Clear Channel Media, among others.
About the MCCA
MCCA was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through publishing, research and training, pipeline initiatives and networking. MCCA’s work has been recognized with awards from the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National LGBT Bar and the Association of Corporate Counsel. MCCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to mcca.com.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 70 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.