Lowey Dannenberg is committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusion within our firm, the legal industry, and the community. Having a diverse team of professionals increases our ability to think critically about our cases and fosters an inclusive and supportive working environment.
Lowey has a long history of commitment to diversity and has recently taken active steps to increase its dedication. In June 2018, Lowey joined the Thirty Percent Coalition, a coalition made up of public and private companies, institutional investors, government officials and advocacy groups working to increase gender diversity in senior leadership and the corporate boardroom. In 2020, Lowey formed its official Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, which is dedicated to fostering and increasing diversity within the firm.
The members of Lowey’s Diversity Committee are partners Gerald Lawrence, Sitso Bediako, and Margaret MacLean and associates Noelle Feigenbaum, Nicole Maruzzi, and Amanda Fiorilla. Lowey attorneys also participate in minority-represented organizations and by assisting in planning diversity initiatives and events.
The firm encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds and attends recruitment events with an emphasis on diversity. As a result, the firm routinely fills its new hire spots with diverse candidates.
Approximately 23% of the firm’s partnerships are women, on par with the advancement of women at firms of comparable size.
Lowey is committed to serving the public good and to helping those in need by taking on several pro bono cases. A few representative examples of Lowey’s pro bono matters are:
• In 2013, Lowey sought to overturn the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act while representing a public official before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, appealing an order enjoining him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. See Pennsylvania v. Hanes, 77 MAP 2013 (Pa. Supreme Court).
• In 2018, one of our Pennsylvania associates assisted Delaware County residents with expunging their criminal records while working at pro bono clinic hosted by State Rep. Leanne Krueger (161st).
• In 2022, Lowey associates provided pro bono legal advice to refugees of the Ukraine/Russia conflict.
• In 2022, Lowey began representing a minor in an asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile status case. Special immigrant juvenile status allows unaccompanied immigrant children who were abandoned, neglected, or abused in their home countries to terminate deportation proceedings and apply for visas to remain in the United States.