The business case for diversity stems from the progression of the models of diversity within the workplace since the 1960s. In the United States, the original model for diversity was situated around affirmative action drawing from equal opportunity employment objectives implemented in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
DLA Piper law firm is pleased to announce that Kim Askew, a partner in the firm’s Employment practice, was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s inaugural Leaders in Diversity list honouring “organisations and individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”
Askew has received numerous awards throughout her career as a result of her legal practice and her efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, including the inaugural Dallas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, which was named after her and recognises a Dallas Bar Association member who is dedicated to good work and positive relations with lawyers, the judiciary and the community, and the ABA Spirit of Excellence Award, which recognises contributions to diversity in the legal profession. Askew serves as the local Diversity and Inclusion chair for DLA Piper’s Dallas office.
DLA Piper Dallas serves a wide array of global, national and local clients, from leading multinational and national companies to emerging companies across a range of industries.
She has moderated firmwide webinars focusing on racial equality, ally ship and social justice, and she sits on the board of the National Women’s Law Centre, a non-profit that advocates for women’s rights through litigation and policy initiatives.
In her practice, Askew represents clients in significant employment matters involving claims of race, disability, gender and age discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as in litigation involving business torts, trade secrets, non-compete, and non-solicitation and employment agreements.
She has successfully tried cases to jury and non-jury verdicts in state and federal courts across the United States and has handled appeals before federal and Texas appellate courts.