On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association presented the 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award to Perez Morris LLC at the OWBA-OWBF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The OWBA Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award recognizes recognize a law firm, company or other legal organization that has a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the profession. OWBA President-Elect Jayme Smoot presented the award to Sarah Perez, Firm Managing Partner at Perez Morris LLC. The firm also received the OWBA D&I Champion Award in 2018.
During the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the following was shared from nomination letters submitted on behalf of Perez Morris:
“As one of the largest women law firms in Central Ohio, Perez Morris is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in law and in community. The firm believes that promoting diversity cannot simply be an aspirational initiative, but something that is woven into the very nature of business. This philosophy demands that law firms must act with intentionality in order to recruit, support, and empower minority and female attorneys, particularly women of color. This continuous commitment to this mission results in the betterment of both the firm’s work and culture. Leading by example, the firm is dedicated to creating opportunities for the underrepresented and underserved as an employer and partner.
A pillar of the community for more than 20 years, Perez Morris has always had a dedication to lifting up the underserved. The firm seeks to create lasting impact on the community, particularly by moving roadblocks to economic opportunity to increase diversity and to support a stable, strong workforce. Strategically focusing its giving, pro bono and advocacy efforts on causes with underlying diversity challenges like single families and homelessness, Perez Morris is making a difference.
During the pandemic, Perez Morris expanded its community outreach efforts to meet the increased needs of local families. At Etna Road Elementary in Whitehall, nearly all students and their families identify as economically disadvantaged, with 80% being non-English language learners.”