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Mayer Brown announced that partner and Director of Diversity & Inclusion Jeremiah DeBerry (New York) has been named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) inaugural list of “Equality Trailblazers,” which recognizes individuals in the legal industry who have advanced the cause of equality. (View profile.)

Mr. DeBerry oversees all aspects of Mayer Brown’s efforts to recruit, hire, develop and promote diverse and women lawyers. As he noted in his NLJ profile, just one large law firm in the country — Mayer Brown — has a partner whose full-time job is to ensure the firm fulfills its commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

NLJ also highlighted his role as a member of the firm’s partner promotion committee. As Mr. DeBerry noted in his profile, he has helped increase diversity at the partner level. “Three or four years ago, I saw our firm’s announcement of new partners was lacking in diversity,” he told NLJ. “We were then 5 percent diverse, and now we are 13 percent diverse.”

Mr. DeBerry recognizes the importance of networking, relationship building and executive presence for first- and second-year diverse associates. “Their success will be determined by the people they know and their reputation. We are also giving more attention to unconscious bias and the imposter syndrome,” he told the publication. “Our diverse attorneys should understand that they are not alone, that they do belong and that there are resources available to help them perform at the highest level.”