Join NYLPI For Our 2019 Law and Society Awards

January 3, 2019

Law and Society, News

NYLPI Law & Society Luncheon

Join us for our 26th annual NYLPI Law and Society Award Luncheon on March 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Cipriani on 42nd Street.

This is one of the premier events of the corporate and legal communities in New York City. Over the last 25 years, our luncheon has played host to sell-out crowds consisting of partners from New York City’s American Lawyer 100 law firms, federal judges, and prominent members of the City’s Fortune 500 corporations. Our event includes a cocktail reception and seated luncheon, and provides sponsors with numerous recognition and networking opportunities.

The proceeds of the luncheon support NYLPI’s efforts to provide underrepresented New Yorkers with increased access to legal assistance. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, or for further information, please contact Geneva Morris via email or call 212 244 4664.

This year we are proud to honor Kim Koopersmith, who is a partner and the chairperson of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP:

Image shows Kim KoopersmithMs. Koopersmith guides the firm’s strategic direction, heads the firm’s management committee and ensures the firm’s continued commitment to client service, diversity, pro bono work and attorney excellence. She has played a key role in enhancing the firm’s overall performance, earning recognition for her innovative and transformative approach to law firm leadership.

Prior to her role in management, Ms. Koopersmith was a partner in the firm’s litigation practice, handling complex commercial litigation and serving as relationship partner to several of the firm’s largest clients.

Throughout her career, Ms. Koopersmith pioneered many of Akin Gump’s efforts to enhance diversity and attract and retain the best talent, including driving the firm’s participation in scholarship and pipeline efforts. She is also an active participant in legal industry efforts to address diversity.

Ms. Koopersmith has received much recognition for her work at Akin Gump. She received the 2018 Flex Leader Award from the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance for moving the firm toward a more inclusive workplace. In 2015, she was named to The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” list of the most noteworthy legal performers for her role in Akin Gump’s historic hire of Bingham McCutchen’s London office. She was named an “agent of change” by Women of Influence magazine in 2014 for promoting a diverse workplace and flexible schedules. In 2011, she was the recipient of InsideCounsel’s Pathmaker Award, presented annually to a law firm leader whose “courage, unyielding vision, integrity, conviction and authenticity [have] carved a groundbreaking path and laid a new foundation to accelerate the economic empowerment of attorneys of color or women.” Additionally, Law360 selected her as one of its “2012 Most Innovative Managing Partners,” citing “almost two decades creating and expanding advancement opportunities for women and minorities both inside and outside of the firm, making her among the most innovative leaders at U.S. firms.”

Ms. Koopersmith is involved in numerous community activities, including serving on the board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, co-chairing the Pro Bono Institute Law Firm Committee and sitting on the board of Her Justice. She has also chaired the board of Equal Justice Works.


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