- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 6, 2005

Kendal Tyre has been appointed chairman of the National Bar Association’s corporate diversity initiative task force, which aims to find ways to increase diversity in law firms and corporations.

Mr. Tyre, 38, a partner and diversity action committee co-chairman in Nixon Peabody LLP’s Washington office, said his role as head of the five-member task force will entail communicating with businesses and institutions that have researched work force diversity.

The National Bar Association, based in Washington, is a network of more than 20,000 black lawyers, judges, educators and legal scholars.

“What we’re hoping to do is to create a dialogue with some of these institutions that have used some of these practices and determine what is practical and what leads to success,” said Mr. Tyre, who will hold the position until August.

After the task force has completed its research, Mr. Tyre will publish a report about the task force’s views on the best practices.

Having a diverse work force is important to today’s businesses, he said.

“It’s essential that issues of diversity be addressed,” he said. “There are a number of areas across the nation where major corporations are ending or limiting their relations with law firms that a show a lack of meaningful interest in diversity.”

The National Bar Association will use the task force to create a diversity pledge and ask Fortune 500 companies, their law firms and other majority law firms to sign it.

Mr. Tyre joined Nixon Peabody as an associate in 1993 and became a partner four years ago. He said his experience with the firm and his role with its diversity action committee has made him realize the importance of diversity.

His practice areas include business, franchise and distribution, and mergers and acquisitions.

Kenneth Silverberg, a partner with Nixon Peabody, has worked with Mr. Tyre on cases involving nonprofit clients and described him as “very intelligent” and “a good judge of people.”

Mr. Tyre is “an excellent lawyer [and a] thorough researcher, and I would say he’s street-smart, too,” Mr. Silverberg said.

Mr. Tyre lives in Washington with his wife, Elizabeth Allen.

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