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On Monday, August 24th KHF Associate Tianna Kalogerakis joins Judge Ann M. Butchart, Anjelica Hendricks, Stephen Kulp and Jennifer Coatsworth to present a CLE on professional inclusion. The CLE, Professional Inclusion: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Rule 8.4(G), Prohibiting Discrimination “In The Practice of Law,” will address the June 8, 2020 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, diversity training on the same and a lawsuit recently filed to prevent its implementation.  The CLE is moderated by Amanda J. Dougherty and is co-hosted by the Philadelphia LGBTQ Bar Association and the Barristers Association of Philadelphia. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the National Black Justice Coalition.

Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC will close its offices at 2 p.m. local time on Friday, June 19, 2020 in recognition of Juneteenth—the holiday which commemorates the ending of slavery in America.

“These past few weeks have raised the sense of urgency in addressing social injustice,” said KHF managing member Edward T. Kang. “As a law firm built on diversity and inclusion, we join with our community in taking time off to reflect on the continuing issue of racism in this country.”

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

In response to the 2008 financial crisis, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) in 2010, focused on addressing sectors of the financial services industry. Dodd-Frank was to be implemented over time: Section 1071 (15 U.S. Code § 1691c-2(a)) has been pushed back on the implementation timeline, as it does not become effective until the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) implements regulations – which it has not.

Section 1071 amends the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.  It requires financial institutions and governmental entities to compile, maintain, and submit data to the CFPB regarding credit applications submitted by women-owned, minority-owned, and small businesses.

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Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt Members Edward T. Kang, Jacklyn Fetbroyt and Kandis L. Kovalsky are attending the 2020 National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (“NAMWOLF”) Driving Diversity & Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from February 22nd to February 25th. Continue reading ›

When ALM’s The Legal Intelligencer, also published online at Law.com, convened their annual Roundtable Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion efforts, they turned to Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt (KHF) managing member Edward T. Kang to serve as moderator.

The roundtable originally appeared in the October 15, 2019 edition of The Legal Intelligencer, and is available to read online at Law.com.

Besides his own first-hand experiences as a diverse lawyer, and leader of a minority-owned law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kang and his firm are active members of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). KHF is also certified as a Minority-Owned Business Enterprise by the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council.

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Tianna Kalogerakis, Associate at KHF

It takes time for a new attorney to gain the experience necessary to be competent on specific areas of law.  Once new attorneys gain that experience, often they are the least senior voice on a given topic and public speaking opportunities are afforded to more tenured attorneys with expertise.

A lack of expertise on a subject matter does not however, preclude newer attorneys from participating in public speaking events.  Namely, newer or junior attorneys need not be experts to competently moderate a panel discussion or publicly interview an expert on a given subject area, and these opportunities can raise the profile of a newer attorney.  These opportunities are of particular significance for minorities who are often underrepresented in the legal profession.  Seasoned attorneys who are mentors or sponsors to junior attorneys should seek to “place” their mentees in these moderator or interviewer roles to increase a group’s recognition of the new attorney as these roles often are accompanied by promotional materials or articles summarizing the event and can be featured on the junior associate’s profile.

I have twice had the opportunity to moderate panel discussions; once as a member of the Temple Law Alumni Women’s Leadership Initiative, and a second time at the 2019 Philly SHRM Symposium.  Both times, these opportunities were presented to me through my longtime sponsor and friend Sheryl Axelrod, Esquire who is a diversity expert. Continue reading ›

In the December 11, 2018 edition of The Legal Intelligencer, Tianna K. Kalogerakis, Associate of KHF authored “Pa. Law Firms Must Learn From the Past to Improve Diversity in the Future.”

A mere four years after The Legal Intelligencer’s founding in 1843, the story of blacks seeking admission to the legal profession in Pennsylvania began. Despite nearly 175 years of black Pennsylvania lawyers overcoming obstacles to entry of the legal profession, institutional barriers persist, leaving blacks and other minorities in the state still in search of meaningful access in the legal profession. In 2018, law firms that are not intentional about cultivating diversity may be unintentionally discriminating against diverse candidates.

To tell the story of diversity in the legal profession—specifically when discussing the black lawyer—one must first acknowledge the role of slavery in America. People of color were held in bondage for decades against their will and the ownership of humans by other humans was sanctioned by the laws of this country. Enslavement and discrimination of individuals based on their skin color was codified into our federal and state systems of government and dictated the daily interactions of individuals. These codifications and the resulting caste system became the foundations of the institutional barriers minorities continue to face today. Continue reading ›

KHF associate Tianna Kalogerakis was recently named to the Philadelphia Tribune’s annual “Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans” list. The Tribune, the nation’s oldest and greater Philadelphia’s largest newspaper serving the African-American community, honored this year’s recipients during a reception and awards program at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Kalogerakis was also featured in New Phila. Barristers’ President Stresses Legacy, Community Service, in ALM’s The Legal Intelligencer. In an extensive Q&A with reporter Max Mitchell, the newly-elected Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia president discusses the balancing act between heading the 1,000-member strong bar association and transitioning from judicial clerk to litigation boutique attorney at Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt.

Philadelphia, PA (September 12, 2018): Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt LLC is pleased to announce that attorney Tianna K. Kalogerakis was installed today as President of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. The installation ceremony was held at Philadelphia City Hall and presided over by the President Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

TKK-Head-Shot-2018-e1525812187807-300x300“It is an honor to serve as President of this important organization,” said Ms. Kalogerakis. “This is a critical time to ensure that our members are not only properly represented in the legal community, but also to ensure that the Barristers’ Association is able to provide the resources, services and networks to our members and to the greater Philadelphia community. As a lawyer of color and a woman in the profession, I believe that the organization helps us be the best attorneys possible and amplifies our positive impact.”

Ms. Kalogerakis has been an active member of the Barristers’ Association since 2013, previously holding positions as President-Elect, Vice President of Administration, Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Memorial Breakfast, Corresponding Secretary, and Young Lawyers’ Division Executive Committee Liaison.

Edward T. Kang, EsquireIn the June 22, 2017 edition of The Legal Intelligencer, KHF Managing Member Edward T. Kang writes on How to Effectively Work With Millennials as Employees and Clients.

How to Effectively Work With Millennials as Employees and Clients

By Edward T. Kang

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