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(L to R) Anthony Pierce of Akin Gump, Grace Speights of Morgan Lewis, Benjamin Wilson of Beveridge & Diamond, Shemin Proctor of Hunton Andrews Kurth and A. Scott Bolden of Reed Smith, photographed in Washington, D.C. on November 20, 2019. The Washington, D.C. partners, along with Karl Racine, formerly of Venable and now attorney general of Washington D.C., formed the initial group in the African American Managing Partners Network in 2009.

On a night in New York City in late July, Ben Wilson, chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, took to the lectern to wrap up an annual dinner of powerful African American law firm partners, general counsel and their guests.

The dinner would conclude like the others before it—with a charge. This time, the vehicle of inspiration was the New Testament—2 Corinthians 4:8-9.

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Lisa Helem

Lisa Helem is the editor in chief of The National Law Journal. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @lhelemNLJ

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