Bowman and Brooke Launches Diversity Law Blog for Women

Leading Authority in Law Firm Diversity Creates the Legal Divas Blog as a Resource for Legal Professionals Nationwide

Jun 23, 2010, 09:59 ET from Bowman and Brooke LLP

RICHMOND, Va., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Bowman and Brooke LLP, a national litigation firm and pioneer in law firm diversity initiatives, announced today the launch of its new diversity law blog, Legal Divas Blog, as a resource for female executives in law and other professions to keep them up to date on best practices, benchmarking, current issues and trends that disproportionately affect women in leadership, business and law.  

As the Legal Divas Blog's primary writer, Sandra Giannone Ezell, Managing Partner of Bowman and Brooke's Richmond, Virginia office, will lead discussions on developments in gender diversity law practice management issues for women professionals and the firms and organizations in which they practice.  She will also explore approaches to how firms can effectively implement diversity initiatives and programs. Infused with energy and seasoned with experienced in the courtroom and firm management, Sandra is dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion throughout the legal industry.   As a leading trial lawyer with a national practice in product liability defense and commercial litigation matters, Sandra sees first hand the challenges women trial lawyers face.  In addition to her blog, Sandra recently partnered with several corporate counsel and the Richmond Legal Diversity Alliance to create the "Diversity in the River City" to reinvigorate Richmond's approach to diversity in the legal professionals through the summer recruiting program.  

"When diversity is a priority, diversity happens. It is not something that is implemented overnight, but with the right amount of passion and dedication behind them, diversity initiatives can lead to influential and positive transformations," said Sandra. "With the Legal Divas Blog, our goal is to provide female attorneys and executives with the knowledge needed to have an impact on diversity initiatives at their firms, corporations or with their boards. What better time to launch a blog for female professionals then on National Pink Day."

Joining Sandra on the Legal Divas Blog is Alana Bassin, a Partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP's Minneapolis office. As a mother of four young children, Alana has been a driving force behind the Firm's diversity efforts, particularly for working mothers, and has been profiled by numerous local and national publications, including The New York Times.

Another contributor to the blog is Jill Jacobson, also a Partner in the Virginia office. Jill likes to go where others don't, and in doing so is able to craft unique solutions and strategies that would otherwise be overlooked or ignored. Along with her partner, Jennifer, Jill is raising two young, spirited girls who believe that the world is theirs to conquer.

Last but not least, Andrea Moody, a Partner in the Firm's Detroit office and a working mother of a 5 year-old, will also share blogging duties.  She has also been profiled in Crain's Business and the Detroit Legal News on her efforts to successfully balance trial work and family life.

About Bowman and Brooke

In less than 25 years, Bowman and Brooke LLP has become a nationally recognized trial firm and the fourth largest product liability practice in the country. The firm's 150 attorneys defend a variety of corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 and internationally-based companies, in widely publicized catastrophic injury and wrongful death verdicts, and other complex litigation throughout all 50 states.

Today, Bowman and Brooke has won numerous diversity awards and is a pioneer in promoting the importance of diversity initiatives throughout the legal and corporate communities. As a nationwide law firm, Bowman and Brooke provides a well-established array of complementary core practice groups to its national product liability defense practice, including intellectual property litigation, construction litigation, property damage litigation, toxic torts, class actions, consumer warranty litigation, as well as commercial litigation. The firm has offices in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Detroit, San Jose, Los Angeles, Richmond and Columbia.  For more information on the firm visit

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