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Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon and Irving Jones Join LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Programs

Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon, partner in the Atlanta office and a member of the Labor & Employment Practice, and Irving Jones attorney in the Birmingham office and member of the Litigation Practice will join the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) training programs to advance the next generation of leaders. Tashwanda and Irving are both members of the firm's DE&I Council.

Tashwanda joins the Fellows Program, designed for diverse mid-career attorneys who have demonstrated promise of high-potential in the legal sector. The program provides opportunities for professional, personal and relational development by way of accountability pairings, small group sessions, regional meetings and additional avenues for learning. 

Irving joins the Pathfinder Program, an initiative designed for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys at LCLD Member organizations. The goal of this program is to provide Pathfinders with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks through relationship-building skills, foundational leadership skills and an understanding of career development strategies applicable to both in-house and law firm practice. Since 2015, the program has trained nearly 700 early career lawyers, who have demonstrated potential to become future leaders in the legal profession. 

Founding in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization  of more than 400 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners—the leadership of the profession—who are committed to promoting a more open and diverse legal profession. The organization’s action programs are designed to attract, inspire and nurture the talent in society and within law firms across the country, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. By producing tangible results, LCLD works to promote inclusiveness within law firms.

Tashwanda, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, is a trial lawyer who has successfully resolved a wide variety of labor and employment disputes as well as providing employment counseling and crisis management assistance. Tashwanda represents management in both union and nonunion settings in the litigation of federal and state employment and labor law claims, with a particular focus on workplace occupational safety and health administration (OSHA). 

Irving focuses his practice on environmental and commercial litigation, primarily handling toxic torts and business dispute cases. His practice often involves resolving complex legal issues that require dynamic litigation strategies. Irving litigates on behalf of a variety of corporations and utilities across the southeast in both federal and state courts. Additionally, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch; a Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star and was recognized by the a Birmingham Business Journal as a Rising Star of Law.