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Vedder Thinking | News Shareholder Benjamin O. Williams Named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. Wendy Onofre and Erica Yang Join LCLD’s Pathfinder Program

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We are pleased to announce that Shareholder and member of the firm’s Finance & Transactions group, Benjamin O. Williams, has been named to the 2022 class of Fellows of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The Fellows Program is designed to attract, inspire and nurture talent within organizations to help a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. The class of Fellows participates in a landmark program to identify, train and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Former Vedder Price LCLD Fellows include Venu V. Talanki, Jeanah Park, David M. Hernandez and Andrew Torre

“I am thrilled to represent Vedder Price and follow in the footsteps of my esteemed colleagues before me,” said Mr. Williams, “I look forward to my year in the Fellows program and all the opportunities it brings not only to me but to the firm.”

“We are delighted to have Benjamin, Wendy and Erica represent the firm in the LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Program,” added Mr. Andrew Torre, Chair of Vedder Price’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “This is the firm’s fifth year partnering with LCLD, and Vedder Price is committed to fostering an environment of inclusiveness and advancing D&I efforts in every area of the firm.”

Wendy Onofre and Erica Yang were selected to be members of LCLD’s 2022 class of Pathfinders. This is the third year Vedder Price is participating in the LCLD Pathfinders program.

Founded in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has grown to an organization of more than 400 members, who serve as either general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation’s leading law firms. United by a spirit of activism and personal commitment, LCLD members participate widely in the programs they’ve created—leading by example, taking action and challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership. The LCLD Pathfinder Program is designed for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys at LCLD member organizations. This program aims to provide Pathfinders with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks, foundational leadership skills and career development strategies applicable to in-house and law firm practice. The program is designed to supplement training initiatives at LCLD Member organizations.

Vedder Price Diversity & Inclusion Committee ensures that efforts to promote and enhance diversity and a culture of inclusiveness remain a priority at Vedder Price. Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is charged with ensuring our firm reflects the rich diversity of the communities and clients we serve. Vedder Price recognizes that the strength of its commitment to diversity and inclusion is a vital component to a better work environment and the success of our firm. Diversity is one of our core values and is integral to the way we run our firm. We promote and support diversity and inclusion within our firm by recruiting, hiring, retaining, training, developing and advancing a diverse group of attorneys and professional staff based on demonstrated merit and performance. Our commitment manifests itself in developing policies and best practices to promote diversity and inclusion and engage everyone in that endeavor.

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