21 May – Belgian Pride

LDIA proudly participated, together with Open@Work, in the Belgian Pride.  

We stood with those who have fought so hard over the years to achieve LGBTQI+ rights and took a moment to reflect on the progress that has been made towards LGBTQI+ equality.  It was also a time to acknowledge that we still have so much more to do.  LGBTQI+ people still face unacceptable stigma and discrimination – not to forget homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the media and social media.



In January 2019, an open letter was published (in the American Lawyer) with the title ‘Improve on Diversity or Lose our business’.  During our 3rd anniversary celebration of the launch of LDIA, we hosted a panel discussion entitled ‘DEI in the legal profession’.  One of the topics discussed was why it is so important to companies that law firms commit to diversity and inclusion.  The panel discussion was moderated by Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha, Senior Leadership Specialist, Author and keynote speaker.

Meet our impressive speakers who shared their expertise and experience, plus provided useful insight on DEI programs and tools used at their companies and organizations:
Zoe Kimberley, Area Counsel, Region South & CEE, AbbVie
Luke Vincett, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Chambers and Partners
Agapi Patsa, Legal counsel for EU Affairs, Google
Romanie Dendooven, Legal & Corporate Affairs Director, BENEFRALUX at Anheuser-Busch InBev
Bart Abeel, Director, Micro Focus Belux
Isabelle Ekierman, Partner at Sagrek and candidate au Dauphinat 2022 chez Barreau de Bruxelles
We were very honored as well that Deputy Prime Minister Petra De Sutter opened the evening with an inspiring speech.

Location: Le Châtelain Hotel Brussels

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Photos by Lala Belyaevskaya – www.lalafoto.com


8 March – International Women’s Day

Several LDIA members proudly celebrated IWD by organizing various events in their respective offices.

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27 January – International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

Sidley Austin LLP and LDIA have commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day by holding an exclusive 1-hour program featuring:

Eli Wald, Professor, Sturm College of Law, who has studied the way anti-Semitism plagued white shoe firms for decades

Maram Stern, CEO of the World Jewish Congress

The program was moderated by Richard Weiner, Founding Partner of Sidley’s Brussels office and Yohan Benizri, President of the Belgian Federation of Jewish Organizations.