(June 3, 2021) – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has selected Shareholder Jeremy Hawpe (Dallas) as co-chair of its Pride affinity group, joining Shareholder Lauren Schwartzreich (Denver), and succeeding Shareholder Darren Gibson (Austin) who is stepping down to focus on his growing and active practice.
“I congratulate Jeremy on his new role as co-chair of the Pride affinity group and thank Darren for his many contributions to the firm’s inclusion, equity and diversity initiatives,” said Erin Webber, managing director of Littler. “Jeremy is a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, and I look forward to his efforts as he works alongside Lauren to further enhance and grow opportunities for members of Pride and the firm’s LGBTQ+ professionals.”
In addition to serving as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, Hawpe promotes inclusion, equity and diversity in his Dallas community and across the legal industry. He has been a long-time member of Black Tie Dinner organization, which is a nonprofit that raises funds for LGBTQ+ supportive organizations serving North Texas through a premier event of empowerment, education and entertainment, and has served in multiple leadership roles, including as current chair of the Sponsors Committee and past board president.
Littler’s Pride affinity group is focused on providing an inclusive community of support for LGBTQ+ attorneys and their allies through professional development and mentorship initiatives, as well as offering a forum for members to connect on a personal level.
Littler’s culture of inclusion, equity and diversity has garnered numerous recognitions over the past year, including being ranked among the Top 10 for LGBTQ+ Diversity by Vault and receiving a perfect rating of 100% for the 13th consecutive year in the 2021 Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign. A full list of the firm’s inclusion and diversity accolades can be found here.
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