George B. Vashon Innovator Award
The George B. Vashon Innovator Award is given to in-house legal departments, law firms and bar associations that have led the way with innovative best practices to assist diverse attorneys. It is named for scholar, abolitionist and lawyer George B. Vashon, who was the first licensed African American attorney in New York State (1848) and one of the first admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court (1867). Vashon was twice denied admission to the bar in Pennsylvania, including once after having been admitted by the U.S. Supreme Court. His determination to overcome these obstacles helped propel his distinguished career.
2016 | George B. Vashon Innovator Award Honorees
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has announced the recipients of its 2016 George B. Vashon Innovator Awards. This year’s awardees are WGL Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas in the category of Diversity Initiatives; and Winston & Strawn LLP in the category of Women's Initiatives. The awards will be presented at the MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference Lunch Plenary on July 18, 2016 at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.
WGL Holdings Inc., and Washington Gas – WGL, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas -- a publicly-traded, highly regulated natural gas utility serving Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia -- WGL Energy, WGL Midstream, and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers, whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency. Philanthropy, volunteerism and community service are also a core value of our company. Last year, our employees contributed more than 12,800 volunteer hours to over 40 community outreach programs focused on health, education and environment. It means a lot to us to give back to communities in ways that extend beyond energy supply. WGL is consistently in the top 25 of the Washington Business Journal’s annual corporate philanthropy ranking based total number of employee volunteer hours.
Winston & Strawn LLP – Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 850 attorneys among 18 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of our resources enable Winston & Strawn to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue. We understand that clients are looking for value beyond just legal expertise. With this in mind, we work hard to understand the level of involvement our clients want from us. We take time to learn about our clients’ organizations and their business objectives. And, we place significant emphasis on technology and teamwork in an effort to respond quickly and effectively to our clients’ needs. Visit us at www.winston.com if you would like more information about our legal services, our experience, or the industries we serve.