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Sheryl Axelrod’s International Women’s Day Presentation on “Gender Inclusion’s Payoff”

On March 7, 2017, International Women’s Day, 2017, Axelrod Firm President Sheryl Axelrod presented to a global company with 40,000 employees serving over 140 countries on “Gender Inclusion’s Payoff.”

Those who attended the presentation were treated to a four-part discussion about:

Part I: Unconscious & Confirmation Gender Bias: What They Mean And What We Know About Them;

Part II: The Scope of the Damage: How Disenfranchised Women Are;

Part III: The Profitability of Diversity: How Equality Multiplies Organizations’ Success; and

Part IV: Tools Everyone Can Use To Become Diversity Champions.

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The Axelrod Firm at the NAMWOLF 2017 Business Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Several attorneys in The Axelrod Firm, PC team attended the 2017 National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Business Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where:

1. Firm President Sheryl Axelrod was honored with NAMWOLF’s 2017 Yolanda Coly Advocacy Award. Yolanda Coly herself nominated Sheryl, as did two NAMWOLF Board of Directors members, Jamie Rudman, who presented Sheryl with the award, and John Murdock.

The Yolanda Coly Advocacy Award recognizes a person of influence with wide ranging professional connections such who, through stellar advocacy, profoundly advanced NAMWOLF’s mission. Sheryl was recognized for her career-long championing of equality, diversity, and inclusion. See her attached biography in the space.

Sheryl continues to serve as Co-Chair of the NAMWOLF Advocacy Committee and to speak about the disenfranchisement of women and minorities, unconscious bias, the profitability of diversity, and tools companies and each of us can use to become diversity champions. Watch Sheryl’s courageous award acceptance speech here, for which she was given an extended standing ovation.

2. Firm attorney Vanessa Snyder served as a panelist at the interactive Law Firm Management session on “Millennials in the Workplace,” where Vanessa presented insights into millennials and how they can be motivated to thrive in law firms, and become assets in firms.

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Congratulations to Axelrod Attorney Vanessa Snyder on her Success as Co-Chair of the 12th Annual Liberty Ball: A Knight for the Kids, which Benefits Four Diamonds Fund and THON

As Co-Chair of the 12th Annual Liberty Ball: A Knight for the Kids, Axelrod attorney, Vanessa Snyder, organized the largest Liberty Ball in history, with a record attendance of 500 and a fundraising record of over $46,000. All proceeds from the annual “blue-tie” optional event are donated to Four Diamonds at the Hershey Medical Center.

The Liberty Ball Committee reveals the total amount raised in support of Four Diamonds. (Photo courtesy of Savannah Smith Photography)

The Kayla Nakonechni Knight Award honors an individual in the Philadelphia area who advocates in the fight against pediatric cancer and promotes pediatric cancer research. 6ABC was this year’s honoree. Mike Monsell, VP and Creative Director of 6ABC, accepted the award on his organizations’ behalf. From left: Brittney Coyle, Vanessa Snyder, Mike Monsell, and the family of Kayla Nakonechni Knight. Center: the Nittany Lion. (Photo courtesy of Savannah Smith Photography)

The Axelrod Firm’s ad in the 2017 Liberty Ball program.

Photos courtesy of Savannah Smith Photography.

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11/15/2016

First-of-Its-Kind Diversity Networking Event

On November 15, 2016, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod spearheaded a first-of-its-kind networking event for all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Philadelphia-area affinity bars. Hosted by Morgan Lewis, this unprecedented event united diversity groups from across the Philadelphia area, providing a welcoming environment for attendees to network in support of diversity. Guests were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres and a speech by Sheryl Axelrod on the importance of gender and minority inclusion. Watch portions of Sheryl Axelrod’s speech here and see photos from the event below.

Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis’ Philadelphia office and event host, Timothy Levin, welcomes guests as they arrive for the special night celebrating diversity.
Firm President Sheryl Axelrod addresses the crowd about the importance of diversity in the legal profession.
Event co-hosts Kenneth Imo, Sheryl Axelrod, and Tim Levin with the Presidents of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, and Philadelphia-area Affinity Bar Associations (from left to right): Norris Benns, Frank DiMeo, Marisa Lattimore, Amber Racine, Kevin Harden, Jr., Daniella Price, Priscilla Jimenez, Amanda Davidson, John Encarnacion, Lori Garber, and James Quinlan
Event co-hosts Kenneth Imo, Sheryl Axelrod, and Tim Levin with the Presidents and President’s-Elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, and Philadelphia-area Affinity Bar Associations (from left to right): Norris Benns, Marisa Lattimore, Frank DiMeo, Judge Sandra Moss (Ret.), Kevin Harden, Jr., Amber Racine, Sharon Lόpez, Priscilla Jimenez, Daniella Price, John Encarnacion, Amanda Davidson, Lori Garber, and James Quinlan
Co-hosts of the joint diversity networking event pose for a photo (from left): Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Morgan Lewis, Kenneth Imo, Axelrod Firm President, Sheryl Axelrod, and Managing Partner of Morgan Lewis’ Philadelphia office, Timothy Levin
Axelrod Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder with Kevin Harden, Jr. of Eckert Seamans
Archer & Greiner, P.C. Partners Shelley Smith and Carlton Johnson
Axelrod Firm Law Clerk Matthew Gomez with Andrew Whitney, Esq. of Morgan Lewis
Axelrod Firm President and event host, Sheryl Axelrod, with her husband, Antonio Perez
Organizers of the event Sheryl Axelrod (left) and Donna Rivera (right)
Axelrod Firm President Sheryl Axelrod with her mother, Jeanette Axelrod
Axelrod Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder (center) with Diane Costigan (front left), Kara Dodson (back left), Donna Branca (back right), and Lindsay Callantine (front right).
From left: Lori Garber, Linda Alle-Murphy, and Antonio Perez
From left: Matthew Tom, Vikki Kristiansson, Angela Curry, Shanna Miles, and Axelrod Firm Law Clerk Matthew Gomez
From left: Judge Sandra Moss (Ret.) and Hillary Ladov
From left: Donna Rivera, Lindsay Callantine, and Kenneth Imo
From left: Jamie Ford, Sheryl Axelrod, Neelima Vanguri, and Marc Cytryn

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The Salvation Army Toy Boxes Have Arrived!

As is our holiday custom, The Axelrod Firm and The Beasley Firm are sponsoring a toy and toiletries drive for those in local Salvation Army shelters, to ensure that as many children as possible experience the excitement of the holiday season, and to make sure that their families have the basic toiletries they need – particularly soaps, toothbrushes, and shampoos. To donate, bring new, unwrapped toys and/or toiletries from noon to 7 pm from now until December 15 to the donation box in the lobby of The Beasley Firm at 1125 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Thank you in advance, and Happy Holidays from our firms and The Salvation Army USA – Doing The Most Good.

The Axelrod Firm is proud to support longstanding client The Salvation Army in their annual holiday toy and toiletries drive. From left: Law Clerk Matthew Gomez, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod, Legal and Marketing Intern Alexis Lightner, Attorney Vanessa Snyder, and Office Manager Kelly Walker
The Axelrod Firm is proud to support longstanding client The Salvation Army in their annual holiday toy and toiletries drive. From left: Law Clerk Matthew Gomez, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod, Legal and Marketing Intern Alexis Lightner, Attorney Vanessa Snyder, and Office Manager Kelly Walker
Attorney Vanessa Snyder is excited to donate to families and children in need this holiday season.
Attorney Vanessa Snyder is excited to donate to families and children in need this holiday season.
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Toy donation boxes waiting to be filled for children in Salvation Army shelters across Philadelphia. Donate by bringing new, unwrapped toys and/or toiletries from noon to 7 pm from now until December 15 to the donation box in the lobby of The Beasley Firm at 1125 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.
Toy donation boxes waiting to be filled for children in Salvation Army shelters across Philadelphia. Donate by bringing new, unwrapped toys and/or toiletries from noon to 7 pm from now until December 15 to the donation box in the lobby of The Beasley Firm at 1125 Walnut Street in Philadelphia.

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Moments from her Year as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law: Photos Spring 2016 Meeting in New York City

Firm Partner Lisa Savitt was Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law from 2015 to 2016.

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Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, Lisa Savitt, speaking at the Gotham Hall reception at the Spring 2016 meeting in New York City. Designed by Philip Sawyer and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Gotham Hall was the original headquarters of Greenwich Savings Bank.
Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, Lisa Savitt, speaking at the Gotham Hall reception at the Spring 2016 meeting in New York City. Designed by Philip Sawyer and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Gotham Hall was the original headquarters of Greenwich Savings Bank.
Firm Partner Lisa Savitt introducing the program “My Journey on the Nuclear Brink,” a dialogue between President of the Global Security Institute, Jonathan Granoff, and ABA Section of International Law Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and former Secretary of Defense, William Perry.
Firm Partner Lisa Savitt introducing the program “My Journey on the Nuclear Brink,” a dialogue between President of the Global Security Institute, Jonathan Granoff, and ABA Section of International Law Chair of the Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and former Secretary of Defense, William Perry.
Lisa Savitt with Orsolyla Gorgenyi, President of AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers) at the reception at The Morgan Library and Museum.
Lisa Savitt with Orsolyla Gorgenyi, President of AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers) at the reception at The Morgan Library and Museum.
Guests dining at the Spring Meeting Committee Lunch at the Grand Hyatt in NYC.
Guests dining at the Spring Meeting Committee Lunch at the Grand Hyatt in NYC.
One of the reception locations for the ABA Section of International Law Spring 2016 Meeting, The Morgan Library and Museum was the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. The library’s impressive collection includes three copies of the Gutenberg Bible.
One of the reception locations for the ABA Section of International Law Spring 2016 Meeting, The Morgan Library and Museum was the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. The library’s impressive collection includes three copies of the Gutenberg Bible.

Photos courtesy of the American Bar Association Section of International Law and Mason Photography, https://adammason.com/

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Moments from her Year as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law: Photos Fall 2015 Meeting in Montreal, Quebec

The ABA Section of International Law Fall 2015 Meeting in Montreal, Quebec brought together almost 1,000 lawyers from more than 30 countries to discuss topics of interest to the international legal community. Lisa Savitt was Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law from 2015 to 2016.

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Lisa welcoming guests to the reception at Dalhousie Station, headquarters of Cirque Eloize, where attendees were treated to a special performance by Cirque Eloize.
Lisa welcoming guests to the reception at Dalhousie Station, headquarters of Cirque Eloize, where attendees were treated to a special performance.
Lisa Savitt closing the ABA Section of International Law Fall 2015 Meeting at The Belvedere located in the Montreal Science Center.
Lisa Savitt closing the ABA Section of International Law Fall 2015 Meeting at The Belvedere located in the Montreal Science Center.
Lisa Savitt with husband, Mike Phillips, at the reception marking the final night of the Fall 2015 meeting in Montreal.
Lisa Savitt with husband, Mike Phillips, at the reception marking the final night of the Fall 2015 meeting in Montreal.
Firm Partner Lisa Savitt greeting attendees at the ABA Section of International Law Fall 2015 Meeting in Montreal.
Firm Partner Lisa Savitt greeting attendees at the ABA Section of International Law Fall 2015 Meeting in Montreal.
Lisa Savitt speaking at one of the first luncheons of the Section’s Fall 2015 meeting.
Lisa Savitt speaking at one of the first luncheons of the Section’s Fall 2015 meeting.
Cirque Eloize performers put on a spectacular show at their Dalhousie Station headquarters for reception guests.
Cirque Eloize performers put on a spectacular show at their Dalhousie Station headquarters for reception guests.
Lisa Savitt posing for a group photo with members of the ABA Section of International Law. To her left is Canadian Bar Association President, Janet Fuhrer, and to her right is Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court, Beverly McLachlin.
Lisa Savitt posing for a group photo with members of the ABA Section of International Law. To her left is Canadian Bar Association President, Janet Fuhrer, and to her right is Chief Justice of the Canadian Supreme Court, Beverly McLachlin.
Beautifully decorated cupcakes available for attendees of the Section's Fall 2015 meeting.
Beautifully decorated cupcakes available for attendees of the Section’s Fall 2015 meeting.
Lemon and mint-infused water.
Lemon and mint-infused water.

Photos courtesy of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

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11/10/2016

Photos of Sheryl Axelrod and Vanessa Snyder Speaking On “The Value of Mentorship” Panel

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Panelists from left: Valerie Graves, Angela Walker Campbell, Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen, Dr. Dave Jones, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod, and Attorney Vanessa Snyder
Panelists from left: Valerie Graves, Angela Walker Campbell, Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen, Dr. Dave Jones, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod, and Attorney Vanessa Snyder

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Firm President Sheryl Axelrod and Attorney Vanessa Snyder engaging the audience in a discussion on the importance mentorship plays in career development and advancement.
Firm President Sheryl Axelrod and Attorney Vanessa Snyder engaging the audience in a discussion on the importance mentorship plays in career development and advancement.

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Sheryl Axelrod and Vanessa Snyder

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11/15/2016

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod Spearheading First-of-its-Kind Networking Event Celebrating Diversity for Local and State Bar Associations

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod designed a first-of-its-kind networking event for all members of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Philadelphia-area affinity bars. This event, organized with Morgan Lewis, will unite diversity groups from across the Philadelphia area. Sheryl’s decision to create this unprecedented evening celebrating diversity has been met with so much enthusiasm, that each affinity bar in the area able to do so has offered its name as a co-sponsor. If you are affiliated with one of these organizations, don’t miss out on what is sure to be a spectacular evening! See event details and registration information below.

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11/03/2016

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod and Fellow Panelists at the Perrin Conferences’ Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod with fellow panelists Mary Ann Vorndran, Mary DePaolo Haddad, Betsy Woudenberg, and Monica Monroe at the Perrin Conferences’ Diversity and Inclusion Conference on November 3, 2016, where they led a discussion on “The Powerful Legacy of Female Leadership.” The panel covered several important topics, including building a coalition of allies and tools everyone can use to disrupt unconscious bias and help women rise.

Speakers from left to right: Mary Ann Vorndran, Sheryl L. Axelrod, Mary DePaolo Haddad, Betsy Woudenberg, and Monica Monroe
Speakers from left to right: Mary Ann Vorndran, Sheryl L. Axelrod, Mary DePaolo Haddad, Betsy Woudenberg, and Monica Monroe

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Sheryl Axelrod speaking alongside fellow panelists on “The Powerful Legacy of Female Leadership”

See what attendees had to say about Sheryl Axelrod’s presentation here.

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11/01/2016

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod to Speak and Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder to Moderate a Panel on the Profitability of Diversity and How to Become Diversity Champions at the 2016 Professional Development Institute Conference

On December 1, 2016, Sheryl will speak and Vanessa will moderate the panel, which will cover the enormous economic advantages available to companies resulting from gender diversification, tools everyone can use to become diversity champions, and structural changes firms can make to better include women and harness the profitability of diversity.

To register, please visit http://www.nalp.org/uploads/PDI_2016/PDI2016_brochureWeb.pdf.

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10/30/2016

Congratulations to Vanessa Snyder for Completing the Generosity Philly 5k and Being Recognized as a “Top Fundraiser World Changer”

Axelrod Firm attorney Vanessa Snyder ran in the Generosity Philly 5k on Sunday October 30, 2016, which The Axelrod Firm proudly sponsored. Running on behalf of her husband and Scholarship Chair of the Penn State Alumni Association, Cody Snyder, Ms. Snyder was awarded “Top Fundraiser World Changer” for the Penn State Alumni Association—Philadelphia Chapter. The over $100,000 the event raised will support the Philadelphia Chapter’s Scholarship Fund, which benefits Philadelphia-area students in financial need.

The Axelrod Firm congratulates Vanessa on completing the Generosity Philly 5k and being recognized as a “Top Fundraiser World Changer!”

Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder at the Geneorsity Philly 5k this past Sunday, Oct. 30.
Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder at the Geneorsity Philly 5k this past Sunday, Oct. 30.
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As the top fundraiser for the Penn State Alumni Association—Philadelphia Chapter, Vanessa Snyder was recognized as a “Top Fundraiser World Changer.”
As the top fundraiser for the Penn State Alumni Association—Philadelphia Chapter, Vanessa Snyder was recognized as a “Top Fundraiser World Changer.”

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10/18/2016

Lisa Savitt Attends 2016 ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting in Tokyo

From October 18-21, 2016, Firm Partner Lisa Savitt attended the 2016 ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. Lisa is the Immediate Past Chair of the Section of International Law. While at the Fall Meeting, she participated in the panel, “Ethics and Rashomon Effect: The Lawyer’s Role in Witness Preparation.” Below are several photos from Lisa’s trip.

Firm Partner Lisa Savitt participates in a panel entitled, “Ethics and Rashomon Effect: The Lawyer’s Role in Witness Preparation.”
Firm Partner Lisa Savitt participates in a panel entitled, “Ethics and Rashomon Effect: The Lawyer’s Role in Witness Preparation.”
From left: Mike Phillips, Lisa Savitt, the Director of the Office of International Affairs of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Asako Yamagami, Guest Speaker and author of the book, “The Girl with the Seven Names,” Hyeonseo Lee, the Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, Sara Sandford, and the Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association, Paulette Brown.
From left: Mike Phillips, Lisa Savitt, the Director of the Office of International Affairs of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Asako Yamagami, Guest Speaker and author of the book, “The Girl with the Seven Names,” Hyeonseo Lee, the Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, Sara Sandford, and the Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association, Paulette Brown.
Lisa Savitt with Guest Speaker and author of the book, “The Girl with the Seven Names,” Hyeonseo Lee, and the Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, Sara Sandford.
Lisa Savitt with Guest Speaker and author of the book, “The Girl with the Seven Names,” Hyeonseo Lee, and the Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, Sara Sandford.

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Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod Speaking at Perrin’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2016

On November 3, 2016, Sheryl Axelrod will join fellow panelists to discuss, “The Powerful Legacy of Female Leadership.” Sheryl will talk about building a coalition of allies and tools everyone can use to disrupt unconscious bias and help women rise.

Registration is complimentary for in-house counsel and insurance company professionals. We hope to see you there.

You can register for the event at the link below. We hope to see you there!
https://www.perrinconferences.com/html/Upcoming_Events/diversity_and_inclusion_conference_2016.shtml

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Firm President Sheryl Axelrod and Attorney Vanessa Snyder Attend The Salvation Army’s 2016 Celebrate Hope Annual Luncheon

On September 22, 2016, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod and attorney Vanessa Snyder attended the 2016 Celebrate Hope Annual Luncheon hosted by The Salvation Army. The Axelrod Firm was an event sponsor.

The Axelrod Firm’s team of attorneys are proud to have served The Salvation Army as legal representatives and advisors for the past 10 years. The Axelrod Firm supports The Salvation Army’s wonderful mission and work, Doing The Most Good.

The Axelrod Firm’s sponsoring advertisement for The Salvation Army’s 2016 Celebrate Hope Luncheon
The Axelrod Firm’s sponsoring advertisement for The Salvation Army’s 2016 Celebrate Hope Luncheon

Photo from the table at the Celebrate Hope Annual Luncheon.
Photo from the table at the Celebrate Hope Annual Luncheon.

Delicious desserts adorned each table.
Delicious desserts adorned each table.

The chandelier was lit up red to symbolize The Salvation Army.
The chandelier was lit up red to symbolize The Salvation Army.

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09/25/2016

The Axelrod Firm’s Voter Protection Brunch with Tony Goldwyn

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, The Axelrod Firm hosted over 30 attorneys, professors, and Hillary supporters, in addition to “Scandal” Actor Tony Goldwyn, at its Voter Protection Brunch. The brunch was a great success, engaging the audience in an enthusiastic, intellectual discussion about the importance of voting and voter protection. Mr. Goldwyn and Firm President Sheryl Axelrod discussed the stakes in this election and called on attendees to activate their networks to elect Secretary Clinton the next President of the United States, and to encourage participation in our voter protection. See photos from this inspiring event below!

"Scandal" Actor Tony Goldwyn speaking on his support for Secretary Clinton and the importance of voter protection
“Scandal” Actor Tony Goldwyn speaking on his support for Secretary Clinton and the importance of voter protection

The Axelrod Firm President Sheryl Axelrod with Guest Speaker Tony Goldwyn at the Voter Protection Brunch
The Axelrod Firm President Sheryl Axelrod with Guest Speaker Tony Goldwyn at the Voter Protection Brunch

"Scandal" Actor Tony Goldwyn and Firm President Sheryl Axelrod engaging the crowd in a discussion on voter protection.
“Scandal” Actor Tony Goldwyn and Firm President Sheryl Axelrod engaging the crowd in a discussion on voter protection.

Photo of the delicious brunch enjoyed by attendees.
Photo of the delicious brunch enjoyed by attendees.

Attendees arriving to the Voter Protection Brunch with Tony Goldwyn that took place this past weekend at The Axelrod Firm.
Attendees arriving to the Voter Protection Brunch with Tony Goldwyn that took place this past weekend at The Axelrod Firm.

The crowd of attendees at the Voter Protection Brunch with Tony Goldwyn hosted by The Axelrod Firm.
The crowd of attendees at the Voter Protection Brunch with Tony Goldwyn hosted by The Axelrod Firm.

"Scandal" Actor Tony Goldwyn discussing the importance of voting in the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election.
“Scandal” Actor Tony Goldwyn discussing the importance of voting in the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election.

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Firm President Sheryl Axelrod Co-Moderates “Bringing NAMWOLF In-House” Panel

In September 2016, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod co-moderated the panel, “Bringing NAMWOLF In-House: How to Build Culture & Programs to Increase the Use of NAMWOLF Law Firm Members,” with Jerry Alcazar of Blackwell Burke. The panelists who provided in-house counsel best practices for utilizing NAMWOLF to hire top notch minority and women owned law firms were:

● Mike Cammarota, Managing Director & Senior Director of Legal Services, Global Transactions for Accenture
● Raven Moore, Senior Litigation Counsel for McDonald’s Corporation
● Barry Parsons, Associate General Counsel for Freddie Mac
● Barbara Stevens, Vice President & Corporate Counsel for Prudential Financial
● Melford “Mel” Walker, Senior Counsel for Wells Fargo & Company

The panel began with a discussion of how each of the panelists’ companies used NAMWOLF to improve its diverse hiring and inclusivity programs.

Video of Sheryl Axelrod co-moderating the panel “Bringing NAMWOLF In-House: How to Build Culture & Programs to Increase the Use of NAMWOLF Law Firm Members.”

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09/14/2016

The Axelrod Firm Takes the NAMWOLF 2016 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo in Houston, TX

In mid-September 2016, Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod and Firm Partner Lisa J. Savitt attended the National Association of Women and Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) 2016 Annual Meeting & Law Firm Expo in Houston, Texas. There, they met with fellow NAMWOLF law firm members and supportive in-house counsel, served on panels, attended numerous CLEs, presentations, speeches and receptions, and participated in their respective Practice Area Committee (PAC) events, including a special dinner The Axelrod Firm organized for in-house employment counsel and the most active NAMWOLF Labor & Employment PAC members. See the photos below highlighting just a few of the sensational moments from NAMWOLF 2016.

President Sheryl Axelrod and Partner Lisa Savitt at The Axelrod Firm's table, where they greeted fellow expo attendees and gave out gift bags containing awesome swag representing the firm
President Sheryl Axelrod and Partner Lisa Savitt at The Axelrod Firm’s table, where they greeted fellow expo attendees and gave out gift bags containing awesome swag representing the firm
Partner Lisa J. Savitt serving as a panelist on the International Law Practice Area Committee (PAC) Panel
Partner Lisa J. Savitt serving as a panelist on the International Law Practice Area Committee (PAC) Panel
Dinner guests enjoying the Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee (PAC) Special Thank You Dinner organized by The Axelrod Firm
Dinner guests enjoying the Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee (PAC) Special Thank You Dinner organized by The Axelrod Firm
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“What We’re Taught About Women Who Rise” Article by Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod Receives over 10,000 Views

“…We see leaders as men, not women, and many dislike and distrust women who rise. So I would be interested to know why those of you who admire women leaders, do so.” – Sheryl L. Axelrod, President, The Axelrod Firm, PC

“What we’re taught about women who rise” by Sheryl Axelrod explores how we are socialized to dislike and distrust women who seek leadership. Ms. Axelrod lays before us the stark disenfranchisement of women, and its impact in shaping our outlook on women who seek power. She then asks a startling question: why those of us who support women leaders, do so. The answer requires us to reflect on our childhoods, how we were raised, and the television shows we watched, which informed our perceptions about women.

Sheryl’s article was picked up by LinkedIn Pulse and received over 10,000 views and over 1,800 likes!

Read the full article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-were-taught-women-who-rise-sheryl-axelrod?trk=pulse_spock-articles

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The Axelrod Firm Retreat 2016

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This photo was taken at our Firm’s wonderful retreat where our team discussed who we are, what makes The Axelrod Firm unique (our brand), and our plans for the future!

Each person at The Axelrod Firm was selected because they are excellent at what they do and have a passion in the equality, diversity, and inclusion space.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Attributed to Margaret Mead

Attorneys include Lisa J. Savitt and Vanessa McGrath Snyder and Law Clerk Matthew Gómez

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“Shattering the Unseen: Strategies for Counteracting Unconscious Bias, Building a Coalition of Allies, and Propelling Your Career”

On July 14, 2016, The Axelrod Firm President, Sheryl Axelrod, led a special presentation at the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Her panel engaged the audience in an interactive discussion about how to dismantle bias, build a coalition of allies, advance women in the profession, and achieve success. Participants learned concrete tools they can implement to become diversity champions and professional powerhouses.

The Axelrod Firm President Sheryl Axelrod speaking at the NAWL 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon
Firm President Sheryl Axelrod speaking at the NAWL 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

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06/12/2014

“Banking on Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion as Profit Drivers-The Business Case for Diversity”

In June 2014, the American Bar Association (ABA) published Axelrod Firm President Sheryl Axelrod’s piece, “Banking on Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion as Profit Drivers – The Business Case for Diversity.” Listed as the No. 2 top resource by the ABA, Sheryl culls and explains the studies that examine how companies with greater diversity at the top perform as compared to their less diverse (more homogeneous) counterparts. The studies show that organizations in general, and law firms in particular, that are more diverse across racial, gender, and other metrics, are far more profitable. She provides those interested in the business case for diversity with the data. Diversity represents an enormous financial competitive advantage.

Please visit the link below to read the full article.

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/diversity-inclusion/news_analysis/articles_2014/diversity-inclusion-profit-drivers.html

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06/16/2016

Sheryl Axelrod Shortlisted for Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year at the Chambers Diversity Awards USA 2016

Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod was among a total of 6 attorneys in the country nominated for the Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year Award at the Chambers Diversity Awards USA 2016. Sheryl was recognized alongside attorneys from an array of firms for her work advocating gender diversity and equality in the legal profession.

The Chambers Diversity Awards reflect achievements in furthering the advancement of diversity within the law.

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06/03/2016

Vanessa M. Snyder Elected to PhilaSoup Board of Directors

Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder was recently elected to the Board of Directors of PhilaSoup, a Philadelphia non-profit that provides micro grants to Philadelphia area school teachers.

The mission of PhilaSoup is to bring together diverse sectors of the Philadelphia education community, and support initiatives that will enhance the learning experiences of our students. PhilaSoup hosts micro-grant dinners to help fund the projects and ideas of innovative teachers and create a community of mutual support amongst educators across sectors. PhilaSoup believes teachers are our greatest educational entrepreneurs.

To learn more about PhilaSoup and their mission, please visit http://philasoup.org/

 

 

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03/13/2016

Vanessa Snyder Appointed as Co-Chair of 2017 Liberty Ball

The Axelrod Firm, PC is excited to announce that Firm attorney Vanessa M. Snyder was appointed as co-chair of the 2017 Liberty Ball: A Knight for the Kids. The Liberty Ball benefits Four Diamonds at the Hershey Medical Center. Four Diamonds offsets the cost of treatment of pediatric cancer that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may affect the welfare of the child. Four Diamonds supports the medical team that cares for the children and funds pediatric cancer research through start-up grants and the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute. To learn more information about the Four Diamonds Fund, visit their website at pennstatehershey.org/web/fourdiamonds.

Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder at last year's Liberty Ball
Firm Attorney Vanessa Snyder at last year’s Liberty Ball

Tickets for the 12th Annual Liberty Ball go on sale July 1, 2016. More information about this upcoming event can be found at http://www.libertyball.org/lb2017.html.

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05/16/2016

The Axelrod Firm is now on Twitter!

In an effort to connect with our clients and community on a deeper level, we have rebooted our social media presence.

Please help us by following us on Twitter @TheAxelrodFirm

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05/31/2016

Firm Attorney Vanessa M. Snyder Volunteers With TLAA at Ronald McDonald House

Following this past Memorial Day Weekend, Firm attorney Vanessa Snyder volunteered with the Temple Law Alumni Association (TLAA) at the Ronald McDonald House. The TLAA prepared a dinner that was provided to the House’s residents. Attorney Snyder and TLAA members at the Ronald McDonald House

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03/09/2016

Presenting A National Teleconference For A Client

Sheryl Axelrod was the keynote speaker at a National Teleconference Program hosted by an Axelrod Firm client on March 9, 2016.  Sheryl’s 90-minute presentation concerned: the disenfranchisement of women and minorities; unconscious bias — what it is, how we can measure it, how it impacts our decision-making, and how we can counteract it; the profitability of diversity; and tools individuals and entire companies can use to become diversity champions.

 

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02/05/2016

Why Diver$ity Really Pays Off on the Bottom Line for Firm$ and Corporation$

This past February, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod spoke at the American Bar Association (ABA) Midyear Meeting Program titled “Why GOOD Guys – Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity – Are So Important” in San Diego, California. In Sheryl’s presentation, “Why Diver$ity Really Pays Off on the Bottom Line for Firm$ and Corporation$,” she discussed the financial benefits that can result from incorporating diversity into the organizational landscape of businesses.

More details regarding the 2016 ABA Midyear Meeting can be found here: http://ncwba.org/programs/aba-midyear-meeting-program-february-5-2016-why-good-guys-guys-overcoming-obstacles-to-diversity-are-so-important/

 

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12/04/2015

“We Are Not All Viewed as Equals: Unconscious Bias in the Courtroom”

This past December, Sheryl Axelrod spoke at New York’s Harvard Club to fellow members of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA).  Ms. Axelrod’s presentation was entitled, “We Are Not All Viewed as Equals: Unconscious Bias in the Courtroom.”
She discussed how lawyers in a courtroom can inadvertently telegraph unconscious bias to witnesses, opposing counsel, and the court and thereby, have a negative impact upon a jury. She also presented on the disenfranchisement of women and minorities and how they are treated compared to white, non-diverse men, explaining the studies on the topic and providing concrete examples from actual cases of how unconscious bias has impacted courtroom interactions.  Sheryl also included a case in which a bias-laden closing argument resulted in the opposing party being granted a new trial.  She concluded by offering tips on how to be aware of the problem and treat others more equally.
"We Are Not All Viewed as Equals: Unconscious Bias in the Courtroom"
LCA tweeted about Sheryl’s presentation, which can be accessed below.
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12/04/2015

Sheryl Axelrod Joins the LCA Diversity Law Institute (DLI) Advisory Board to Help Further Domestic and International Diversity Initiatives

This past December, Sheryl Axelrod joined twenty-eight other members of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) on the LCA Diversity Law Institute (DLI) Advisory Board.

The LCA DLI is an international association of lawyers and law firms committed to diversity in all aspects of the legal profession and justice systems of the United States and Canada. Our mission is to advance the interests of women and minorities in the profession and to aid in the administration of justice where possible. We have over 3,200 members hailing from every U.S. state, the provinces of Canada, from Europe, and from Asia. More information about the LCA DLI may be found at www.diversitylawinstitute.org.

 

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08/28/2014

Sheryl Axelrod Accepted into the Prestigious Litigation Counsel of America (LCA)

Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod was inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a peer selected group of the country’s top trial lawyers.  Vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service, less than one-half of one percent of the nation’s attorneys are admitted as Fellows into LCA’s by-invitation only membership.  The composition of the LCA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of excellence among American litigation and trial counsel across all segments of the Bar. The purpose of the LCA is to recognize deserving, experienced, and highly qualified lawyers, to provide an outlet for scholarly authorship of legal articles on trial and litigation practice, to provide additional sources for professional development, to promote superior advocacy and ethical standards in the practice of law, to assist in community involvement by its membership, and to advance a superior judiciary, by taking relevant positions on issues or legislation affecting judicial compensation and/or benefits, as well as those affecting the American litigation processes.

Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity, and inclusion to align effectively. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level or are independent practitioners with twelve or more years of experience. The LCA Fellowship also includes Judicial Fellows, Academic Fellows (law professors/legal scholars), Legislative Fellows and In-House Counsel Fellows.  More information about LCA may be found at http://www.litcounsel.org/about/.

LCA Certificate of MembershipAttorney Axelrod’s official LCA Certificate of Membership.

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05/20/2016

Eaglebank v. Robert Van Hoecke

On May 20, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s grant of SUMMARY JUDGMENT in favor of EagleBank, represented by The Axelrod Firm President Sheryl Axelrod and Michael Lichtenstein, on the bank’s $1.25 million claim to monies securing a loan.

This represents a victory for our client, EagleBank.

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05/23/2016

Sheryl L. Axelrod Among Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers of 2016

Each year, Super Lawyers publishes lists of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high level of peer recognition and professional achievement. Based on peer evaluations and nominations, Sheryl Axelrod was recognized as one of the Top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers of 2016. The full list can be viewed here: http://www.superlawyers.com/pennsylvania/toplists/top-100-2016-pennsylvania-super-lawyers/460191c72f67e90150a093b4585e7eb4

In addition to making the 2016 list of the Top 100 PA Super Lawyers, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod was also recognized as one of the Top 100 Philadelphia Super Lawyers of 2016 and Top 50 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers of 2016. This is the second year Sheryl has been recognized in these categories for her superior level of legal work. The full lists can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Top 100: 2016 Philadelphia Super Lawyers http://www.superlawyers.com/pennsylvania/toplists/top-100-2016-philadelphia-super-lawyers/9bed9658634281e6128aa6f2979a7944

Top 50: 2016 Women Pennsylvania Super Lawyers http://www.superlawyers.com/pennsylvania/toplists/top-50-2016-women-pennsylvania-super-lawyers/cc99626e2a87a37dd612eaa6dcac473c

 

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05/23/2016

TLAA Diversity Panel/CLE “Bridging Generational and Relational Divides to Make the Most of Mentorship”

The TLAA Diversity Committee will be holding a CLE on, “Bridging Generational and Relational Divides to Make the Most of Mentorship.” The Honorable Patrese Tucker, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Nolan Atkinson, Chief Diversity Officer, City of Philadelphia, Carlton Johnson, Partner, Archer & Greiner, and Firm President Sheryl Axelrod will discuss challenges to, and solutions for, creating beneficial and long lasting mentoring relationships.

1 substantive CLE credit / May 23, 2016 at 4 pm with a reception to follow at the Montgomery McCracken Justice Roberts Room. Please register at the link below.

http://www.mytlawconnection.com/s/706/index.aspx?sid=706&pgid=1463&gid=1&cid=2650&ecid=2650&post_id=0

Attorney Axelrod at last month's TLAA Diversity Panel
Attorney Axelrod at last month’s TLAA Diversity Panel
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05/13/2016

Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod is Appointed as the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Diversity Team Ambassador

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod was appointed two years ago, and re-appointed last year, by the Chairs of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Women in the Profession Commission (PBA WIP) to serve on the PBA WIP Executive Counsel and as Co-Chair of the PBA WIP Diversity Committee.

This year, Attorney Axelrod accepted the PBA WIP Chairs’ request to be re-appointed to these positions for a third year, and to also serve as a PBA Diversity Team Ambassador.

If you are a Pennsylvania lawyer committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion and would like to get involved in our work, please contact Attorney Sheryl Axelrod at saxelrod@theaxelrodfirm.com.

The PBA Diversity Team establishes resources and forums for enhanced communication among PBA groups with diversity initiatives. You can read more about the PBA Diversity Team by clicking here.

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02/05/2016

Engaging Men in the Quest for Greater Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

On February 5, 2016 during the ABA Mid-Year Meeting in San Diego, Firm President and CEO, Sheryl L. Axelrod spoke on “Why Diver$ity Really Pays Off on the Bottom Line for Firm$ and Corporation$.” The conversation followed a panel discussion with diversity champions Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel, Legal Operations – Outside Counsel Management, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bill Sailer, SVP, Legal Counsel of Qualcomm, Tom Sager, Former GC of Dupont who is at Ballard Spahr, and Federal Judge Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.) moderated by Malissia Clinton, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at The Aerospace Corporation. The event took place at the American Bar Association (ABA), National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, and Lawyers Club of San Diego inaugural model program, “Why GOOD Guys* Are So Important.”

*GOOD Guys are Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity.

The purpose of the program was to engage more GOOD Guys to become agents of positive change, and to have those already engaged in diversity efforts do more. Attorney Axelrod presented tips to create a more diverse and inclusive, merit-based profession, in addition to a toolkit to conduct their own GOOD Guys program.

Also see the following piece about Sheryl’s presentation, “Video highlights: Expert makes business case for diverse workplace during Midyear Meeting 2016” at http://www.americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2016/02/video_highlightsex0.html

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12/14/2015

Speaking with Claims Representatives about “Crisis Management as a Litigation Tool” and “The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia”

On December 14, 2015, Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod and Partner Lisa Savitt, presented to senior claims representatives in Illinois about “Crisis Management as a Litigation Tool” and “The Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia,” providing rules and practice tips defendants can use to minimize their exposure within the jurisdiction.

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12/04/2015

Teaching Top Trial Lawyers About Unconscious Bias in the Courtroom

On December 4, 2015, Firm President and CEO, Sheryl L. Axelrod, presented, “We Are Not All Viewed as Equals: Unconscious Bias in the Courtroom,” to her colleagues in Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a peer selected honorary society of top trial lawyers at the Harvard Club in New York. See: https://twitter.com/LitCounsel/status/672866395349114880.

Vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service, less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers are accepted into membership in LCA’s by-invitation-only membership. See: http://www.litcounsel.org/about/.

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12/01/2015

Raising Awareness About Unconscious Bias

On December 1, 2015, Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod was the Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Women’s Interactive Network and ACE Group Women’s Forum speaker at their program, “Exposing the Unseen: Examining Unconscious Bias.” The event was organized by Jody Lurie, CFA and Ida Grandy, ARe, who Ms. Axelrod mentors through the Forum of Executive Women’s Mentorship Program, and was open to all – women and men – and was attended by both sexes. In her remarks, Ms. Axelrod gave attendees a clear understanding of what unconscious bias is; why we have bias; how disenfranchised U.S. women are; the profitability of diversity and its benefit for everyone; what companies can do to benefit from inclusion; and the backlash women face in the workplace. She then provided concrete tools everyone can use to become diversity champions and stayed to answer the audience’s questions.

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10/29/2015

Reaching Out to College Students

On October 29, 2015, Sheryl L. Axelrod, President of The Axelrod Firm, spoke with students at Immaculata University about “What it takes: Tips from the top about an unspoken skillset –cultural competency.” Her interactive discussion covered:

  • Unconscious & confirmation gender and minority bias: What it is, and what we know about it;
  • The scope of the damage: The extent to which unconscious bias has negatively impacted the economic competitiveness of our country;
  • The profitability of diversity: How equality, diversity, and inclusion multiplies organizations’ success; and
  • Breaking through: How to grow your success and that of your organization by building your cultural competency.

The group stayed to ask questions and engage on the topic further. They found the numbers — the scope of the damage — particularly surprising. The numbers are indeed shocking. The hope is that by spreading awareness and strategies to break through, things will improve, and at an increasingly faster rate.

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10/27/2015

Teaching the Philadelphia Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee About Women’s Disenfranchisement and How to Grow a Client Base

On October 27, 2015, Sheryl L. Axelrod, President of The Axelrod Firm, presented on “Growing Your Client Base,” addressing the disenfranchisement of women and minorities, barriers to their advancement in the profession, the profitability of their greater inclusion, and how they can overcome unconscious bias and achieve success.

A podcast of the event is available at: http://philabar.org/WebObjects/PBAReadOnly.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/CMSResources/WomenInTheProfessionOct27Edit.mp3.

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10/10/2015

Organizing the Temple Law Alumni Association 100th Anniversary Celebration

On October 10, 2015, the Temple Law Alumni Association celebrated its 100th Anniversary at the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Axelrod Firm attorney Vanessa M. Snyder was appointed as a co-chair of this gala and fundraiser, which raised over $20,000 for the TLAA’s scholarship fund. The event was attended by over 150 prominent attorneys, judges, and other law school alumni.

Vanessa Snyder Speaking at TLAA 100th Anniversary Gala
Photo features Ms. Snyder presenting an award to one of the night’s honorees.
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09/08/2015

NAMWOLF Panel Service On Diversity

On September 8, 2015, Sheryl L. Axelrod, President of The Axelrod Firm, served on a panel with Kendall Mills, Counsel at Allstate, Deedee Litwin, Director of Legal at Merck, and Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, moderated by Nate Saint-Victor, Executive Director in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley, at the NAMWOLF (National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms) Annual Meeting in Hollywood California. The panel, which addressed an audience of exclusively in-house counsel, discussed the “Minority/Majority Partnership Report,” partnerships between NAMWOLF law firms, which are owned by women and/or minorities, and majority-owned law firms meaning generally large, traditional law firms that are not 51% or greater owned by women or minorities.

Opportunities abound for these majority/NAMWOLF partnerships, which have the potential to send stunning, diversity-enhancing ripple effects through the profession. Such partnerships can be a win-win for clients and their law firms, but there can also be challenges in such collaborations. The panel discussed best practices for developing effective majority/NAMWOLF partnerships, offered creative models for successful outside counsel teams, and gave guidance on pitfalls to avoid.

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09/30/2015

American Bar Association Gender Equity Task Force Webinar

On September 30, 2015, Sheryl L. Axelrod, President of The Axelrod Firm, served on the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession webinar, “Show me the money, and the benefits! Negotiating her way UP,” with Michele Coleman Mayes, Vice President and General Counsel of the New York Public Library and Ingrid Busson, Executive Director of Morgan Stanley. The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession webinar was moderated by former ABA President Laurel Bellows.

When an organization’s compensation practices do not provide equal pay for equal work, women leave. If today’s organizations are to survive and thrive, they must retain, promote, and fairly reward talented women lawyers. This program gave women attorneys of all levels and practices the tools needed to effectively negotiate for excellent promotions and compensation.

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08/31/2015

Ms. JD Interview with Axelrod Partner Lisa Savitt

Axelrod Firm partner Lisa Savitt was profiled in a recent Ms. JD article, “No Layover: The Ins & Outs of International Careers in Law – An Interview with Lisa Savitt” on August 31, 2015. Her interview can be found here: http://ms-jd.org/blog/article/no-layover-the-ins-outs-of-international-careers-in-law-an-interview-w.

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08/01/2015

American Bar Association Section of International Law Chair Lisa Savitt

Axelrod Firm partner Lisa Savitt became chair of the ABA Section of International Law (the “Section”) in August 2015. With over 20,000 members, the Section of International Law brings together practitioners from around the world to network, learn, and help promote the rule of law.

As Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Ms. Savitt led a delegation on an International Legal Exchange trip to Turkey in May. The delegation included the President of the ABA, Judges and attorneys from the United States, and lawyers from Austria, Korea and Turkey. The delegation included a meeting with the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, the Istanbul Bar Association, Turkish lawyers and judges, law school deans and professors, members of the business community as well as representatives of the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General.

From May 29-31, 2016, the ABA Section of International Law held a Europe Forum in Rome, Italy. This was a 1½-day conference focusing on international legal issues. There were approximately 130 attendees representing many different countries from around the world. While in Italy, on behalf of the Section, Ms. Savitt signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Consiglio Nazionale Forense (National Bar Council of Italy) and also had the opportunity to visit the Avvocatura Generale dello Stato (the Advocate General for civil matters) with other Section leaders.

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09/07/2015

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Interview

Firm Partner Lisa J. Savitt was recently interviewed by Metropolitan Corporate Counsel in an article titled “Global Reach: Networking and educational opportunities from the ABA’s international section.” The interview can be found here: http://metrocorpcounsel.com/articles/32906/global-reach-networking-and-educational-opportunities-abas-international-section.

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08/07/2015

Completion of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

From hundreds of other CEO applicants, Sheryl L. Axelrod, President and CEO of The Axelrod Firm, and 20 other CEOs were accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in Philadelphia. This fifteen-week program with top notch professors from around the country is designed to teach CEOs the best practices to grow their small businesses, which have been fueling the nation’s job creation. It was during this program that The Axelrod Firm brought in Lisa Savitt as a Partner. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business ProgramMs. Axelrod graduated from the program on August 7, 2015, at which time she and her fellow graduates were presented with their 10,000 Small Businesses Certificate of Entrepreneurship by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, their professors, and Goldman Sachs (photo).

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08/21/2015

International Law Prof Blog About Axelrod Firm Partner Lisa Savitt

On August 21, 2015, The International Law Prof Blog posted an article about Axelrod Firm Partner Lisa Savitt, who was recently installed as the Section Chair of the ABA Section of International Law. Read the article here: http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/international_law/2015/08/sil-leadership.html

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07/01/2015

Co-Authoring a Forum of Executive Women Paper

The Forum of Executive Women is a group of the most influential women in the Philadelphia region. Membership in the Forum is by invitation only, upon review of candidates’ credentials. Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod is a Forum member and a member of the Forum’s prestigious Women in Executive Leadership and Governance Committee.

In July 2015, the Forum published a piece Ms. Axelrod co-authored with fellow Committee members Mary Beth H. Gray in consultation with Vicki W. Kramer, “A Case for Increasing Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards.” The piece concerns the most important business reasons to include more women on corporate boards. You can read the article at:

http://www.forumofexecutivewomen.com/SiteData/docs/ACaseforIn/a646351273157e06/A%20Case%20for%20Increasing%20Gender%20Diversity%20on%20Boards%20v13%20Final.pdf.

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06/01/2015

Elected Second Vice President of the Temple Law Alumni Association

In June 2015, Axelrod Firm Attorney Vanessa M. Snyder was elected to 2nd Vice President of the Temple Law Alumni Association. Ms. Snyder also serves as a Director-at-Large of the Temple University Alumni Association.

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05/04/2015

Hosting the Temple Law Alumni Association Women’s Leadership Panel

On May 4, 2015, Axelrod Firm Associate Vanessa M. Snyder hosted the Temple Law Alumni Association’s Third Annual Women’s Initiative Panel and Luncheon, which was held at a private club in Philadelphia. The event featured The Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Kathryn (Kitty) Kolbert, Director of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College, and Dorothy M. Arimond, Assistant Vice President, Brandywine Group of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies. The panel was moderated by Lori Garber of Belluck & Fox and focused on the topic of leadership, specifically focusing on how women can be successful and effective leaders and how institutional change can help propel women lawyers to the top tiers of law firms and corporations.

Firm President Sheryl L. Axelrod founded the TLAA Women’s Leadership Initiative four years ago.

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06/08/2015

Recognized by Temple Law Alumni Association

The Temple Law Alumni Association (“TLAA”) recognizes distinguished alumni each year at its Annual Meeting in June. Two out of the three awards given this year were awarded to attorneys at The Axelrod Firm.

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod was recognized with the Women’s Champion Award for her demonstrated commitment to the progress and equality of women in the legal profession, especially in areas traditionally closed to women in the profession. The award also recognizes an alumnus who uses her position and influence to inspire, mentor, advance, promote, and encourage women to achieve excellence in the profession.

Attorney Vanessa M. Snyder was recognized with the Temple Law Alumni Association Service Award for her distinguished service to the Association. Ms. Snyder served as the TLAA’s Secretary for the past two years, helping to plan 12 separate events.

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05/18/2015

“Strategies from Powerhouse Female Lawyer: Shattering the Old Boys’ Mold”

On May 18, 2015, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod, at the request of the National Constitution Center, presented a webinar entitled “Strategies from Powerhouse Female Lawyer: Shattering the Old Boys’ Mold.” Topics discussed include gender bias and female empowerment in the workplace.

Please visit https://www.constitutionconferences.com/4X8/0 to order a recording of the program.

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05/14/2015

Teaching Brandeis Graduates About the Profitability of Diversity

On May 14, 2015, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod presented a webinar for the career center of her Alma Mater, Brandeis University, entitled “Diversity + Inclusion: The Least Expensive Formula to Multiply Profits.” A recording of the webinar can be found here.

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“Diversity and Bias in the Law” Panel Moderated by Chief Judge Thomas McKee of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

On January 23, 2015, Firm President Sheryl Axelrod joined Chief Judge Thomas McKee of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to speak on a panel entitled “Diversity and Bias in the Law.” Held at the Borgata Water Club, fellow panelist Professor Susan DeJarnatt, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Ms. Axelrod engaged in a discussion moderated by Chief Judge McKee on gender and racial bias in the profession.

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08/01/2013

Leading in Diversity by Taking a Leadership Position in the American Bar Association as a Diversity Fellow

The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division established the Diversity Fellowship Program to promote diversity and provide leadership development opportunities for the Division for women and diverse lawyers. Sheryl Axelrod was appointed a Diversity Fellow, a diversity leadership post that will run from August 2013 to August 2014.

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06/26/2013

Co-Chairing Advocacy in NAMWOLF

Within NAMWOLF, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Sheryl Axelrod was elevated from Chair of the NAMWOLF Dodd-Frank Ad Hoc Committee to Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee.  The Advocacy Committee, co-chaired by NAMWOLF Board of Directors member Jerry Gonzalez with Ms. Axelrod, oversees all of the NAMWOLF Ad Hoc Committees: that of the Utility Industry, State Attorney Generals, Dodd-Frank, Protocol, Asian / Latin American, and Technology-Related Companies.

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06/15/2013

Recognition by Male and Female Lawyers Alike as One of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania for the Second Year in a Row

Firm President Sheryl Axelrod was recognized by her peers as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania for the second year in a row.  Ms. Axelrod and each candidate for a Super Lawyers top list was measured against 12 indicators of peer recognition and personal achievement.  See:http://www.superlawyers.com/toplists/.

Only 5% of the lawyers in each state are recognized as Super Lawyers.  Ms. Axelrod has consistently been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer every year since 2009.

Sheryl Axelrod is Recognized by her Fellow Lawyers as One of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania for the Second Year in a Row

 

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05/01/2013

Sheryl Axelrod’s Article, “Disregard Diversity At Your Financial Peril: Diversity As A Financial Competitive Advantage,” is Published in the May / June 2013 Issue of Diversity & the Bar, the National Magazine Published by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

In the article, Sheryl Axelrod culls together studies on the profitability of diversity in corporate America generally, and takes a look at a major study on the profitability of diversity in the legal profession.  She shows that diversity is enormously profitable, and that removing barriers to women and minorities’ advancement also minimizes a company’s exposure to discrimination claims.

Note: James M. Payne of The Axelrod Firm collected the data discussed in this piece.

“Disregard Diversity At Your Financial Peril: Diversity As A Financial Competitive Advantage”

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01/10/2013

Serving as a Panelist with Judges and In-House Counsel

On January 10, 2013, Sheryl Axelrod spoke as a panelist to members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession on “The Balancing Act.”  The event, designed to enhance the lives of women in the profession, consisted of a moderated roundtable discussion on challenges and solutions to achieving a satisfying work-life fit.  Ms. Axelrod’s fellow panelists were:

* The Honorable Anne Lazarus of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania’s intermediate state appellate court;
* The Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia;
* The former Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the highest position in the organization, Jane Dalton;
* Jennifer Brooks who was a partner at Eckert Seamans and now works in-house at Guide One Insurance Company; and
* Jocelyn Gabrynowicz Hill from the City Law Department.

Ellen Bailey of Eckert Seamans, Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Quality of Life Committee, served as the moderator.

Serving as a Panelist with Judges and In-House Counsel on a Panel of Women Discussing the Work-Life Balance

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10/26/2012

Speaking at The Pennsylvania Bar Association

On October 26, 2012, Sheryl Axelrod addressed the crowd at the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Annual Diversity Summit: “Diversity and Inclusion: Making it Work” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Sheryl was invited to do so as a result of her article, “The Dollars and Sense of Diversity,” about the profitability of diversity.  The article was the cover story of The Pennsylvania Lawyer, the magazine for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its 28,000 members.  The piece was written in response to the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession report, “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?”  The authors of the IILP report concluded that the business case for diversity is at best weak and difficult to understand.  At over 90 pages and packed with a stunning array of data, the report was widely viewed as the definitive text on the subject, but it does not directly speak to the business case for diversity.  In less than 2,500 words in “The Dollars and Sense of Diversity,” Sheryl outlined the data showing that the business case for diversity is neither weak nor difficult to understand.  It is clear and convincing.  Some of the major studies discussed in the article are as follows.

What you find when you look at the data is that diversity pays.

A.  More Women in Leadership, More Revenues and Customers

According to a research report in Catalyst, Inc. in 2011 by Nancy M. Carter and Harvey M. Wagner entitled “The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004-2008),” the financial returns of companies with three or more women on the board are striking. They outperform companies with all male board members by 60% in return on invested capital, 84% in return on sales, and 60% in return on equity.

An examination in Catalyst, Inc., “2010 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Executive Officers and Top Earners,” found that as you move from Fortune 100 companies to their slightly less successful Fortune 200 counterparts, the number of women on the board decreases from 18 percent to 16.7 percent. Fortune 300 companies have slightly fewer women on the board, 14.9 percent, and so on down to Fortune 500 companies. As the percentage of women on the boards of Fortune 100-500 companies drop, so does the success of the companies.

This squares with evidence that women make better leaders. “A study of more than 900 managers at top U.S. corporations found that women’s effectiveness as managers, leaders, and teammates outstrips the abilities of their male counterparts in 28 of 31 managerial skill areas — including the challenging areas of meeting deadlines, keeping productivity high, and generating new ideas,” Brian S. Moskal wrote in “Women Make Better Managers” in Industry Week in 1997.

B.  More People of Color in Leadership, Increased Revenues and Customers

According to Cedric Herring’s research in “Does Diversity Pay?: Race, Gender, and the Business Case for Diversity” in the American Sociological Review, on average, the most racially diverse companies bring in nearly 15 times more revenues than the least racially diverse. In fact, Herring found that racial diversity is a better determinant of sales revenue and customer numbers than company size, age, or number of employees at a worksite.

C.  Diversity: the Potential for Much Higher Law Firm Profits

A comprehensive study by Douglas E. Brayley and Eric S. Nguyen, authors of “Good Business: A Market-Based Argument for Law Firm Diversity” in The Journal of the Legal Profession in 2009, shows that these same metrics
apply to law firms.  Looking at data from the 200 highest-grossing law firms (the AmLaw 200), highly diverse firms report, on average, higher profits per partner and revenue per lawyer than the rest of the AmLaw 200 firms.

Even controlling for hours, location and firm size, the study found that “differences in diversity are significantly correlated with differences in financial performance.” In fact, according to the study, “a firm ranked in the top quarter in the diversity rankings will generate more than $100,000 of additional profit per partner than a peer firm of the same size in the same city, with the same hours and leverage but a diversity ranking in the bottom quarter of firms.” These figures are based on the current state of the legal profession, in which AmLaw200 law firms could have far better diversity records.  Consider how much more monies truly diverse and inclusive law firms could make.  If law firms want to see their client base and revenues rise, law firms should not only recruit diverse talent, but retain it.

The reason diversity works is that when a company’s leadership becomes more diverse, far more changes than the fact the people in it become a melting pot microcosm of their community. The studies show the company performs better. According to Scott E. Page, author of the 2007 book The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies, on almost every measure, greater racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse workplace teams function more effectively than more homogenous teams.

D.  Companies that Don’t Diversify Face Greater Exposure

Diversity not only holds great potential to increase law firm profitability; openness to candidates from diverse backgrounds — for employment, raises, bonuses, equity, etc. — is essential to minimizing a law firm’s exposure.  In January 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a New York law firm for alleged age discrimination. The case should be a wake-up call to law firms engaging in discriminatory practices.  A great way companies can lower their exposure is by implementing practices to lessen the chance women and minorities will be passed over for opportunities they deserve or treated less favorably otherwise in the terms and conditions of their employment.

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10/16/2012

Moderating a Panel to Help Women and Minority-Owned Law Firms Expand Their Business

The Axelrod Firm is a member of NAMWOLF, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.  NAMWOLF law firms are a study in excellence.  Every law firm seeking membership in NAMWOLF must have a minimum of three Fortune 500 companies or their equivalently large major non-profit or governmental counterparts as clients.  Each is also rigorously pre-screened for quality — each must receive an AV rating from Martindale Hubble, the highest rating provided by this nationally recognized leader in the legal rating industry — and to ensure that it is certified as woman or minority-owned.  On top of that, each firm must receive unqualified praise from a minimum of three clients.  There are only 6 woman-owned NAMWOLF member law firms in Pennsylvania.

The NAMWOLF Annual Meeting took place from October 14 to 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  At the Annual Meeting on October 16, 2012, The Axelrod Firm’s Sheryl Axelrod moderated a panel entitled, “Drawing Back The Curtain: Revealing The Law Firm Selection Process Among Corporations With Procurement Teams.”

By way of background, many large corporations used to choose their legal representatives from internal preferred counsel lists.  Those lists generally consisted of traditional large law firms.  Women and minority-owned law firms did not get the chance to work with the corporations.  That is changing and part of the reason it is changing is because of the introduction of procurement specialists in the counsel selection process.

In a study of 100 companies, over 50 from Fortune 1000 companies, and 33 from Fortune 100 companies:
“58 percent … said that the procurement or supply management departments have been involved in the purchasing of legal services for three or more years.”

Silvia Hodges, PhD, “Power of the Purse: How Corporate Procurement is Influencing Law Firm,” LAW PRACTICE TODAY (2012),http://www.americanbar.org/publications/law_practice_today_home/law_practice_today_archive/january12/power-of-the-purse-how-corporate-procurement-is-influencing-law-firm.html.

Corporate procurement specialists are charged with delivering high quality goods and services at a cost that works best for the corporation and its vendors.  In the past, procurement teams focused on obtaining fungible goods for their companies such as computers and office equipment.  However, procurement specialists are increasingly expanding their work into more complex areas and in some companies, are involved in counsel selection.  The panel Sheryl moderated concerned their work in that arena.  Procurement teams are helping in-house counsel select the best attorneys for a particular project, by taking cost into account.  Now, other factors are also considered in the selection process.  According to the panelists Sheryl moderated — Mark E. “Rick” Richardson III, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Justin Ergler, Sourcing Group Manager, Legal Services Procurement for GSK, and David Klemm, Director in Global Procurement for Legal, Financial, and Professional Services at Merck & Co, Inc.– corporations are highly selective about inviting law firms to bid on projects.  The firms invited to do so must have a depth of experience in the subject matter at issue in the case before them.  The attorneys invited to bid must have a reputation for excellence, and they must practice in the jurisdiction in which the case is venued.  When their bids are reviewed, how they propose to approach and staff a case — the quality of their proposal, and diversity of their team — is weighed.  However, the cost they estimate their work will take is now also being considered.

That gives NAMWOLF member firms a great shot of getting work from large corporations — a shot that in the past, NAMWOLF member firms generally did not have.  Most of the founders of NAMWOLF law firms came from traditional large firms.  However, NAMWOLF firms generally have far lower overheads than traditional large law firms.  Thus, when competing against large law firms, NAMWOLF member firms have a great opportunity to underbid them and get great work.  Sheryl moderated the discussion of the opportunity.

The Axelrod Firm thanks Rick, Justin, and David for their outstanding leadership in the field.  Thanks to Rick and Justin’s work, GSK has partnered with a number of NAMWOLF firms, and has been a terrific supporter of NAWMOLF, so much so that Rick was awarded NAMWOLF’s coveted Award for Outstanding Service by an Advisory Council Member.  Thanks to David’s leadership, Merck has become engaged in NAMWOLF, committing personnel to the Annual Meeting and sponsoring a reception at it to begin to develop relationships with NAMWOLF member law firms.  The Axelrod Firm applauds them for their work, and thanks them for the time and attention they gave to preparations for the panel discussion.  It was a pleasure working with them.

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08/27/2012

Representing NAMWOLF before the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion Directors of Major Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies

After hearing from a huge number of witnesses and reviewing a massive amount of documents, Congress determined that the stark lack of diversity in the financial sector was one of the causes of the country’s recent near financial collapse.  In her role as Chair of the NAMWOLF Dodd-Frank Ad Hoc Committee, Sheryl Axelrod attended a meeting of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) Directors of certain major federal financial regulatory agencies: the Treasury, Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, and Securities and Exchange Commission.  The meeting was held to discuss how the OMWIs can maximize their engagement with minority and women-owned businesses, particularly law firms.

 

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07/31/2012

Speaking To Women In The Profession On How To Effectively Respond To The Obstreperous (Meaning Bullying Or Unethical) Lawyer

Sheryl Axelrod, two judges, The Honorable Marlene F. Lachman and The Honorable Frederica Massiah-Jackson, and fellow lawyer, Heidi Villari, spoke to the Philadelphia Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee on “How To Effectively Deal With The Obstreperous Lawyer.” In this context, the word “obstreperous” means a bullying and/or unethical lawyer although if you listen to the podcast, Sheryl provides a more complete definition. The Axelrod Firm wishes to thank Sheryl’s fellow panelists and the event moderator, Kathy Kirkpatrick of the Tucker Law Group (a fellow NAMWOLF member), who did a fantastic job designing the event, and crafting thought-provoking questions. It was a pleasure working with her. Thanks also to Lauren McKenna and Emily Marks, Co-Chairs of the Women in the Profession, for their stellar leadership and programming.

Podcast on “How To Effectively Deal With The Obstreperous Lawyer”

 

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07/26/2012

Launching NAMWOLF’s National Campaign To Expand Opportunities For Minority And Women-Owned Law Firms Under Section 342 Of The Dodd-Frank Act

Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act calls for the federal financial regulatory agencies to “ensure, to the maximum extent possible” the fair use of minority and women-owned businesses in “all” the agencies’ activities. The agencies must also assess their regulated entities’ diversity practices, and consider the diversity of not only potential contractors, but subcontractors. Section 342’s purpose is clear: to ensure that the agencies, the entities they regulate, and their contractors, and the companies bidding for their work, each engage the participation of minority and women-owned businesses “to the maximum extent possible.”

The impact of Section 342 cannot be overstated. It governs such colossal institutions as the Treasury, FDIC, SEC, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the National Credit Union Administration, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By governing their regulated agencies, it also controls investment advisers, broker-dealers, every entity that offers the protection of federally insured funds, banks, credit unions, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, other major financial institutions, each of their contractors and subcontractors, and every company bidding to get work from them.

Moreover, the contractors impacted by Section 342 are not limited to the financial sector. They are the companies providing the agencies and regulated entities with paper; making their copies; providing maintenance services, staffing services, and marketing services; contracting with them to build their buildings and lay their floors; providing them with lighting, escalators, and elevators; offering them architectural and accounting services; supplying them with food, trucks, furniture, etc. Each of these businesses could require legal services, and Section 342 calls for all of them to maximize their use of minority and women-owned businesses.

There are also federal, state, and local laws and regulations akin to Section 342, many of them not governing the financial sector.

The mission of the NAMWOLF Dodd-Frank Ad Hoc Committee is to maximize the business opportunities Section 342 and its state and local counterparts represent for minority and women-owned law firms, specifically, NAMWOLF member firms, across the country. In conjunction with this mission, we will be engaging in a national campaign to raise the country’s awareness about NAMWOLF, the excellence of its member law firms, the purpose of supplier diversity programs, and the efficiency and profitability of turning to diverse providers such as NAMWOLF member law firms.

The launch of this effort began with a national webcast. At it, as Chair of the NAMWOLF Dodd-Frank Ad Hoc Committee, Sheryl Axelrod spoke about:
• The efficiency of diversity
• Tips for agencies to satisfy Section 342’s requirement that they “ensure, to the maximum extent possible, the fair inclusion and utilization of … minority-owned and women-owned businesses in all business and activities of the agency at all levels;” and
• Tips regulated entities can use to create “diversity policies and practices” in conformity with Section 342.

Dodd-Frank: The New Office of Minority & Women Inclusion for Banks (Sec. 342) Webcast

 

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06/27/2012

Sheryl Axelrod’s Article, “The Dollars and Sense of Diversity,” Appears as the Cover Story on The Pennsylvania Lawyer, the Magazine for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Its 28,000 Members

The Dollars and Sense of Diversity” was the cover story of the July / August 2012 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer, the magazine for the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its 28,000 members.  The piece is about the profitability of diversity.  It comes in response to “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?”   The authors of the IILP report concluded that the business case for diversity is at best weak and difficult to understand.  At over 90 pages and packed with a stunning array of data, the report was widely viewed as the definitive text on the subject, but it did not directly speak to the business case for diversity.  In Sheryl’s under 2,500 word piece, she sets forth the data that is on point.  She shows that the business case for diversity is neither weak nor difficult to understand.  It is clear and convincing.

“The Dollars and Sense of Diversity”

 

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06/18/2012

Sheryl Axelrod Presents The First Ever TLAA Diversity Leadership Award, And It Goes To Honoree Charisse Lillie

Sheryl Axelrod, the President of TLAA, founded TLAA’s Diversity Committee and its Diversity Leadership Award.  The Diversity Leadership Committee developed criteria for the award, which it is hoped will be presented on an annual basis, each time to an exemplary Temple Law graduate who has made a significant contribution to diversity in the profession.  The first award recipient was Charisse Lillie.

Charissse triumphed over racial and gender barriers to achieve preeminence in the legal profession.  Comcast Corporation, the company on which she serves as Vice President, Community Investment, is forging a path toward greater diversity and inclusion in the profession along with her.  Ms. Lillie’s company, along with 21 other major organizations, agreed to collectively pledge to spend $138 million in 2012 working with women and minority-owned law firms.  In short, TLAA honored a renowned attorney committed to enhancing diversity and incluision in the legal profession, working for a company that is putting its money behind such enhancement efforts.

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06/16/2012

Reaching Out To Kids: Sheryl Axelrod Speaks To Middle School Girls About Leadership

Sheryl Axelrod spoke on a panel addressing the subject of leadership with Springdale middle school girls. Sheryl’s fellow panelists were La-Toya Hackney (Assistant General Counsel of Sunoco), Maisha Leek (Chief of Staff of Congressman Chaka Fattah), and Nina Ahmad, PhD (Chairperson of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and Executive Vice President/Government Affairs at JNA Capital, Inc.). Fran Fattah (Deputy General Counsel for the Chester Upland School District) moderated the discussion.

Vision 2020 Springside Leadership Collaborative Panel

 

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06/01/2012

Sheryl Axelrod Is Named Chair Of The NAMWOLF Dodd-Frank Ad Hoc Committee

Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act calls for the federal financial regulatory agencies to “ensure, to the maximum extent possible,” the fair use of minority and women-owned businesses in “all” the agencies’ activities. The agencies must also assess their regulated entities’ diversity practices, and consider the diversity of not only potential contractors, but subcontractors. Section 342’s purpose is clear: to ensure that the agencies, the entities they regulate, and their contractors, and the companies bidding for their work, each engage the participation of minority and women-owned businesses “to the maximum extent possible.”

The impact of Section 342 cannot be overstated. It governs such colossal institutions as the Treasury, FDIC, SEC, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the National Credit Union Administration, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. By governing their regulated agencies, it also controls investment advisers, broker-dealers, every entity that offers the protection of federally insured funds, banks, credit unions, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, other major financial institutions, each of their contractors and subcontractors, and every company bidding to get work from them.

Moreover, the contractors impacted by Section 342 are not limited to the financial sector. They are the companies providing the agencies and regulated entities with paper; making their copies; providing maintenance services, staffing services, and marketing services; contracting with them to build their buildings and lay their floors; providing them with lighting, escalators, and elevators; offering them architectural and accounting services; supplying them with food, trucks, furniture, etc. Each of these businesses could require legal services, and Section 342 calls for all of them to maximize their use of minority and women-owned businesses.

There are also federal, state, and local laws and regulations akin to Section 342, many of them not governing the financial sector.

The mission of the NAMWOLF Dodd-Frank Ad Hoc Committee is to maximize the business opportunities Section 342 and its state and local counterparts represent for minority and women-owned law firms, specifically, NAMWOLF member firms, across the country. In conjunction with this mission, we will be engaging in a national campaign to raise the country’s awareness about NAMWOLF, the excellence of its member law firms, the purpose of supplier diversity programs, and the efficiency and profitability of turning to diverse providers such as NAMWOLF member law firms.

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05/24/2012

Helping Women Succeed In The Legal Profession: Sheryl Axelrod Sits On A Panel Of Preeminent Female Temple Law Graduates Giving Advice To Women Lawyers

“Backwards in Heels: a Panel of Women Lawyers Share Experiences and Strategies for Success” was presented by the Temple Law Alumni Association (TLAA) on May 4, 2012 at Blank Rome in Philadelphia. Temple Law Dean JoAnne Epps moderated the panel of distinguished female Temple Law graduates from diverse fields: Sheryl Axelrod of The Axelrod Firm, representing the small firm owner; Mairi Luce, a partner at Duane Morris, representing the big law firm partner; Sophia Lee, Chief of Litigation at Sunoco, representing the in-house lawyer; and Marissa Boyers Bluestine, Legal Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, representing the public interest attorney.

 

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05/24/2012

Speaking To In-House Counsel And Women And Minority Owned Law Firms On Diversity Initiatives

Sheryl Axelrod moderated a panel at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firm (NAMWOLF) Regional Meeting in New York consisting of the following extraordinary individuals: Tracey McNeil, Counsel in the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) and Leslie Crawford, Deputy Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the FDIC) OMWI. The panel presentation concerned Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, legislation designed to increase the participation of women and minority owned businesses with the federal regulatory financial agencies, their prime contractors, and potentially their regulated entities.

Panel Presentation On Section 342 Of The Dodd-Frank Act

 

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02/24/2012

Supporting The Community: Sheryl Axelrod Speaks On Behalf Of The Temple Law Alumni Association At The Black Law Students Association Alumni Student Diversity Outreach Reception

The Axelrod Firm’s Founder, Sheryl Axelrod, spoke at the Black Law Students Association Alumni Student Diversity Outreach Reception. She represented the Temple Law Alumni Association (TLAA) at the event. TLAA was a major event sponsor.

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12/22/2011

Helping People Open Their Own Law Firms: Sheryl Axelrod’s Article, “Seven Steps to Starting a Law Firm,” Is Published

Sheryl Axelrod’s article, “Seven Steps to Starting a Law Firm” was published in the 2nd issue of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Newsletter. To read the article, click on the link below.

Seven Steps to Starting a Law Firm by Sheryl L. Axelrod

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12/14/2011

Empowering Kids: Sheryl Axelrod Speaks To At-Risk Minority Youth About The Importance Of Staying In School

Sheryl Axelrod spoke to kids at Edison High School, an inner city school with a high concentration of at-risk students, with Sean Gethers who she had coached when he was a student on in the Overbrook High School Mock Trial Team. She spoke to the students about the Mock Trial program and the importance of completing high school and going on to college.

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09/27/2011

Giving Concrete Advice That Can Help Anyone Succeed: Sheryl Axelrod Presents 10 Tips For Effective Networking

Sheryl Axelrod spoke to a room of over 80 professionals about “10 Tips For Effective Networking.”

10 Tips For Effective Networking

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07/27/2011

Teaching Other Lawyers: Sheryl Axelrod Presents A Continuing Legal Education Course On Employment Discrimination Law

Sheryl Axelrod presented a Continuing Legal Education course to lawyers on “Employment Discrimination Law Issues.” The presentation included information about Employment Law in the virtual world: the latest court decisions governing employees’ use of social media, wireless devices, email and webmail accounts.

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09/01/2010

Helping Small Firm Owners: The Bar Reporter Publishes Sheryl Axelrod’s Article

Sheryl Axelrod’s article on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Committee which she chairs was published in The Bar Reporter. To read the actual article, click on the link below.

Article On The Committee’s Goal Of Helping Solos And Small Law Firms Succeed

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08/19/2010

Helping Lawyers With The Business Of Running Law Firms: Sheryl Axelrod Sits On A Law Practice Management Committee Panel

Sheryl Axelrod provided meaningful lessons learned from her practice in a roundtable discussion format with two other distinguished speakers. Subjects ranged from cost-cutting to bill tracking to marketing at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street, 10th Floor Board Room, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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05/01/2010

Sheryl Axelrod is Appointed by the Chancellor to Co-Chair the Law Practice Management Committee

When Sheryl co-chaired the Law Practice Management Committee (the LPMC) in 2010, the country was in the midst of a financial crisis. Scott Cooper was the Chancellor of the Bar Association at the time. When he appointed the Committee Co-Chairs, he gave them each the following directive: provide programming aimed at helping lawyers starting small and solo practices. Explain how you get a firm off the ground, and how you make a practice successful. “Teach folks,” he told them, “what you know about firm management,” and they did.  You can read about their work in their Bar Reporter article on the subject.

Helping Lawyers in the Financial Crisis

 

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08/18/2009

Teaching Appellate Law To Lawyers: Sheryl Axelrod Presents A Continuing Legal Education Course With A Former Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania Justice

Sheryl L. Axelrod presented the 6 credit Continuing Legal Education Course, “Successfully Navigating the Appeals Process,” with former Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Sandra Schultz Newman and Judge Genece E. Brinkley.

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03/02/2004

Explaining The Appellate Process To The Public: At The Superior Court’s Request, Sheryl Axelrod Speaks On Television

Video footage of Ms. Axelrod’s Channel PCN television appearance as a leading speaker on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania program entitled “Pennsylvania Appellate Practice”.

Sheryl Axelrod’s TV Appearance Co-Hosting “Pennsylvania Appellate Practice”

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