A Message of Unity from Lerch Early Managing Partner Steve Robins
Protests against racial and social injustice continue around the world first in response to the murder of George Floyd and now the most recent, tragic incident in Atlanta. The effects of these tragedies and others, past and present, have impacted African American families and communities for generations. To counter these injustices, we must advance and celebrate the many benefits of a diverse society.
To this end, Lerch Early is designating Juneteenth – June 19th now and in the future – as a paid firm holiday. We are encouraging our LEB family to take time to reflect on issues of racism and social injustice, and to actively become agents of positive change. Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, when word of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (issued on January 1, 1863) finally reached Texas, declaring the freedom of the last U.S. slaves in a Confederate state.
We understand our Firm’s responsibility does not stop with celebrating Juneteenth. This is just the beginning. Our Diversity Committee is developing plans and assembling resources to help us promote and protect a culture of inclusion in our internal leadership ranks, in our collaboration with clients, and in our hiring practices.
Please join Lerch Early in facing the injustices of the past and present, and in making every effort to effect meaningful and permanent change.
Lerch, Early & Brewer promotes and protects a culture of inclusion – at every level and in every aspect of the firm. To that end, we support initiatives to broaden diversity and inclusion among our employees, cultivate diverse firm leadership, and collaborate with clients and local organizations who share our commitment to give everyone a voice.
Our attorneys and staff members bring backgrounds from all over the world.
On the attorney side, Lerch Early does an excellent job of recruiting and advancing female attorneys – one-third of our partners are women, half of our current management committee members are women, and women chair or co-chair half of our practices. On the staff side, 57% of senior management is women.
The headhunters we work with on lateral recruiting know inclusiveness is a priority for us. We hire law students from diverse backgrounds through the Montgomery County Summer Scholars Pipeline program, and have helped them to land post-law school clerkships at the state, federal, and appellate courts. Our 2014 scholar now works at the firm as a full-time attorney after graduating from law school and completing two clerkships at the Court of Appeals of Maryland.
We seek to hire attorneys and staff with a broad variety of backgrounds and capabilities, recognizing that such diversity contributes to our strength and our ability to serve our clients well.
Lerch Early is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or veteran status, or physical or mental disability.
We’re diverse in many ways, and you can help us to be better by exploring our Careers section and contacting us about opportunities.
Lerch Early has an active Diversity Committee comprised of management, attorneys, and staff to ensure the ongoing implementation of the firm's diversity plan that, at its core, fosters a truly inclusive work environment.
“Diversity—of backgrounds, of opinions, of approaches—reflects our community and helps us serve our clients better. It also happens to be the right thing to pursue. We are always looking for people who can add new perspectives.” -Sharon Nelson Craig and Patrick L. O'Neil, Co-chairs, Lerch Early Diversity Committee