Cahill's Affinity groups provide an additional support network and resource for our attorneys. We encourage formal and informal mentoring within members of affinity groups and support internal and external professional and social events that can foster professional relationships and friendships. Affinity events are held periodically and may be as formal as attendance at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund annual awards dinner or our annual reception for women lawyers and summer associates, or as informal as a dim sum lunch celebrating Asian-American traditions.
Women Affinity Group
The Women Lawyers of Cahill group hosts events throughout the year to provide our women lawyers with new circles of collaboration, support, mentoring and networking. The group has also initiated funding and participation in the New York legal community through its sponsorship of key events for women by organizations such as the National Association of Women Lawyers and the New York Asian Women's Center.
African American Affinity Group
Our African American affinity group hosts events such as “brown bag” lunches and formal dinners as well as having sponsored the NAACP LDF and Harlem RBI organizations and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, as well as having participated in our Legal Outreach Internship.
Partner Liaison: Stuart Downing
Asian and Pacific Islander Affinity Group
Our Asian and Pacific Islander affinity group holds dim sum luncheons, formal dinners and has sponsored lunar new year galas and cocktail parties held by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Asian American Bar Association of New York.
Partner Liaison: Sheila Ramesh
Latino Affinity Group
Our Latino affinity group holds periodic lunches and dinners, and also has participated in our Legal Outreach Internship.
Partner Liaison: Luis R. Penalver
LGBTQ Affinity Group
Our LGBTQ affinity group holds casual and formal dinners, and has sponsored events for the Sage Awards & Gala, Empire State Pride Agenda, Lambda Liberty Awards, LGBT Community Center Awards as well as the ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project’s Attorney Reception and TLDEF’s Annual LGBT Pride Reception.
Partner Liaison: Michael J. Ohler
Working Parents Affinity Group
Our working parents group hosts outside speakers on topics of interest to men and women who are working parents. The group also hosts informal lunches where parents and expectant parents discuss balancing work and family. We share stories of work/life juggling, discuss practical solutions for common parenting tips dilemmas, and focus on other matters of interest to our working parents.