On October 29, 2014, Epstein Becker Green hosted its annual diversity reception at the Harvard Club in New York City. At this year’s reception, we recognized Kenneth G. Standard, General Counsel Emeritus and Of Counsel at Epstein Becker Green, for his lifetime commitment to diversity through his efforts to make the legal profession more equitable and more reflective of the country’s diverse population.
Ken is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He also earned an LL.M. from New York University Law School at night in the field of Trade Regulation. During his career before joining Epstein Becker Green, Ken worked as an attorney at various times for federal, state, and city government entities. In addition, he worked in the corporate world and at another national law firm prior to his joining Epstein Becker Green in 2004. In 2014, Ken was interviewed as part of The HistoryMakers collection, which is archived at the Library of Congress. (The HistoryMakers is the nation’s largest African-American video oral history collection. It is also a leader in educating and enlightening millions worldwide by refashioning a more inclusive record of American history.)
More than 100 people attended the reception, including Ken’s children Alison and Devin; Carmen Pacheco and Betty Lugo, founding members of Pacheco & Lugo, PLLC, the first Hispanic women-owned law firm in New York; and Tennessee attorney Claudia Torrey. Remarks were given by Carrie Valiant, Esq., Member, Epstein Becker Green; Michele Coleman Mayes, Esq., General Counsel, New York Public Library; Barry Cozier, Esq., Partner, LeClairRyan and Former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department; and Robert Grey, Jr., Partner, Hunton & Williams, and Former (128th) President of the American Bar Association. The reception concluded with Pierre Georges Bonnefil, Esq., Member, Epstein Becker Green, presenting Ken with the firm’s second “Make a Difference” Award.
L-R: Alison Standard, Pierre Georges Bonnefil, Ken Standard,
Devin Standard & Carrie Valiant
L-R: Cliff Barnes & Ken Standard
L-R: Pierre Georges Bonnefil, Ken Standard & Robert Grey, Jr.
L-R: Ken Standard & Pierre Georges Bonnefil
L-R: Carrie Valiant, Ken Standard, Betty Lugo,
Carmen Pacheco & Claudia Torrey