King & Spalding has named Lovita Tandy chair of the firm's diversity committee. Ms. Tandy will be responsible for continuing to improve and implement the firm's diversity strategies and training, working with minority and female attorneys on specific development and advancement plans, and working with practice group leaders to ensure execution of diversity strategies.
Ms. Tandy, a labor and employment partner in the firm's business litigation practice group, succeeds Kevin R. Sullivan, whose term ended in 2006. Sullivan is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C.-based antitrust practice.
King & Spalding's diversity committee includes firm leaders and has directed action to advance diversity both within the firm and in the legal profession as a whole, including increasing the number of women and minorities hired, providing diversity training to the firm's attorneys, creating a mentoring program and committing funds to a minority scholarship program. In 2006, the committee also hosted its first minority attorney retreat.
King & Spalding has announced the inaugural recipients of the annual King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program. The 2007 King & Spalding Diversity Fellows are Tiffany Burns (Harvard Law School), Brittany Hamelers (University of Chicago Law School) and Preetma Singh (Vanderbilt Law School).
King & Spalding launched a diversity fellowship program last fall as part of the firm's ongoing effort to increase ethnic and cultural diversity in the firm and the legal profession. Second-year law students in good standing at an American Bar Association-accredited law school who show promise of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community were invited to apply.
King & Spalding received approximately 150 applications from students at 43 law schools across the country. Fellows were selected after being interviewed by partners and associates of the firm. Each recipient receives a $10,000 stipend and a position this summer with one of King & Spalding's U.S. offices. Ms. Burns, Ms. Hamelers and Ms. Singh will be summer associates in the firm's Atlanta, Washington, DC, and New York offices, respectively.
In the continuing expansion of its FDA/Healthcare practice, King & Spalding has announced the addition of partner Pamela J. Furman and consultants Ann Graham and Anne E. Kelly, whose special expertise enhances the firm's practice serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries on FDA and healthcare regulatory issues. The arrival of these three women in the firm's Washington, DC office brings to 35 the total number of attorneys and non-attorney professionals in the practice, making it the largest legal practice in the United States dedicated to the FDA and healthcare matters.