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Laurie Robinson Haden

Lawyer and nonprofit executive Laurie Robinson Haden was born on December 14, 1972 in Washington, D.C. to Frances Privott Robinson and James Robinson. Haden graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Maryland in 1990, and enrolled at North Carolina Central University, where she was named Miss NCCU. Haden received her B.A. degree in political science in 1994, and went on to earn her J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1998. She also completed a certificate in entertainment media management at the New York University School of Continuing Education.

Haden first served as a legal intern in the labor management division of the National Football League. From 1998 to 2002, she worked as a labor and employment associate at the New York City law firms of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Epstein, Becker, and Green P.C. Haden was hired as the assistant general counsel and director of training and development for CBS Broadcasting Inc. in 2002. She was then promoted to vice president and assistant general counsel for CBS Corporation; and was named senior vice president and assistant general counsel in 2009. In 2004, Haden became the founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC), a non-profit professional organization. In 2012, Haden launched CCWC Live Blog Talk, serving as the host and executive producer. Haden authored several legal-related publications, as well as a quarterly column on diversity in Inside Counsel magazine. She also contributed to the CBS Corporation Diversity Blog. She presented at the American Bar Association, the Inside Counsel Super Conference, the National Bar Association and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association; and served on the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Haden has received many awards for her leadership, including the Women's Venture Fund's Highest Leaf Award, the Los Angeles Black Women Lawyer's Power of One Award, the Chicago Black Women Lawyer's Diversity Visionary Award, the New York City Bar Association Diversity Champion Award, and the New York State Bar Association Diversity Trailblazer Award. She was named to the Network Journal's 40 Under Forty List, and was one of Pink magazine's Top 15 Women in Business in 2009. Haden also received the first M. Ashley Dickerson Award, given by the National Association of Women Lawyers, and was recognized as one of the "10 Up-And-Coming African-American Lawyers to Watch" by Diversity & The Bar magazine. She was the recipient of the Indiana University School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award, the Ronald H. Brown Distinguished Leadership Award from the University of the District of Columbia, the National Bar Association's Pinnacle Award, and named the Chambers and Partners 2012 In-House Counsel Up & Coming Lawyer of the Year. Haden also serves on the board of trustees of the Indiana University School of Law. 

Haden and her husband, David Patrick Haden, have one son, David Patrick Haden II. 

Laurie Robinson Haden was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 13, 2016.

Accession Number

A2016.149

Sex

Female

Interview Date

12/13/2016

Last Name

Robinson Haden

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Nicole

Schools

New York University School of Professional Studies

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

North Carolina Central University

Oxon Hill High School

Oxon Hill Middle School

Indian Queen Elementary School

First Name

Laurie

Birth City, State, Country

Washington

HM ID

ROB31

Favorite Season

December

State

District of Columbia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Florida

Favorite Quote

I Can Do All Things Through Jesus Christ Who Strengthens Me.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

12/14/1972

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Chinese

Short Description

Lawyer and nonprofit executive Laurie Robinson Haden (1972 - ) worked as the senior vice president and assistant general counsel of CBS Corporation. She was also the founder and CEO of Corporate Counsel Women of Color.

Employment

CBS Corporation

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Epstein Becker & Green

Favorite Color

Red

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Laurie Robinson Haden's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Laurie Robinson Haden lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about her mother's education background

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her father's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about her father's legal career

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her likeness to her parents

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her earliest childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Laurie Robinson Haden remembers her community in Fort Washington, Maryland

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her early entrepreneurialism

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Laurie Robinson Haden remembers her favorite television programs

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her early aspirations

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her time at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her decision to improve her grades

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her transition to North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls winning the Miss North Carolina Central University pageant

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her political internships during college

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Laurie Robinson Haden remembers her mentors at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about Harvey Gantt's campaigns for the U.S. Senate

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her internship at the White House

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Laurie Robinson Haden remembers her decision to attend the Indiana University School of Law

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her experiences at the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her mentors at the Indiana University School of Law

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her first post-graduate position at Epstein Becker and Green, PC

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about her experiences of discrimination at Epstein Becker and Green, PC

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her time at Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Laurie Robinson Haden remembers her transition to the CBS Corporation

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls founding the Corporate Counsel Women of Color

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes the challenges for men of color in Corporate America

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about the organizational structure of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes the accomplishments of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her advice to members of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about generational differences among African American lawyers

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls her promotion to senior vice president of the CBS Corporation

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her diversity requirements for the CBS Corporation's outside law firms

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about the research on attrition among black female corporate lawyers

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls studying media management at New York University

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Laurie Robinson Haden recalls launching 'CCWC Live Blog Talk'

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her board service for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about her plans for the future

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Laurie Robinson Haden talks about moving to her hometown of Fort Washington, Maryland

Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Laurie Robinson Haden reflects upon her life

Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Laurie Robinson Haden describes how she would like to be remembered

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Laurie Robinson Haden narrates her photographs

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Laurie Robinson Haden recalls founding the Corporate Counsel Women of Color
Laurie Robinson Haden describes her diversity requirements for the CBS Corporation's outside law firms
Transcript
I guess more importantly for you, you founded, in 2004, the Corporate Counsel Women of Color [New York, New York], right?$$Yes.$$All right. So tell us how you, or why you founded it and how you founded it, and what its structure is and, you know--$$Well, you know, as I, as I was mentioning about the challenges that we were talking about as law firm associates, everyone had kind of like the same story. They were the only one at their firm. They were not feeling that they were getting quality work assignments. They were struggling to get their billable hours. They needed mentorship. They needed sponsors, so when I went in house [at CBS Corporation], a small group of us, we started to connect people and connecting with people who were women of color, who worked in house at corporations so, you know, again it's the type of situation where people are isolated. You don't know where people are in great number, so we would just meet for dinners just to support one another, let people know you are not alone, and this is well before LinkedIn ever came about, but I decided at one of the dinners, hey, everyone just give me your business card, and I will create a directory, and in this directory, I'm going to, you know, put your name, where you went to law school, your practice areas and then I will print this directory, and I'll mail it to you so that you have it. So I emailed the template for it and I said, "You know, get it back to me in a week," so what happened was, the thirty people who went to the gathering, they forwarded it to their friends and their friends, and within a week, we had identified a total of fifty people, women of color who were in house at corporations, so it was great. And I said, "Well, look, let's do another run of this. Everyone, here's the current list. If there's anyone you know that we're missing, let them know. Get back to us in a week." Well, let me tell you, in a week's time, we had found over a hundred women of color at corporations and that was unheard of. We couldn't believe it. And, you know, that's how Corporate Counsel Women of Color got its start. And today we have over thirty six hundred women of color attorneys that we have identified in corporations around, around the United States and we have what we call CCWC friends and we have over six thousand friends, who are people who work at law firms; so we now are able to reach over ten thousand attorneys of color in the profession.$Can you talk about any of the cases or situations that you deal with as a corporate lawyer for CBS [CBS Corporation]?$$Yeah, I mean, I think what's great is that, you know, CBS law department is sort of like a law firm. We have lawyers from all over who work in our department, and everybody has different practice areas and different specialties, so with respect to my background, I do employment litigation, and our litigation department, we also do defamation law, copyright, trademark law, any litigation that comes up against CBS, one of the lawyers in our department will handle that matter based on their area of specialty. So, you know, it's been a great and rewarding experience, and what I really enjoy is, now I get to work with the law firms, and we get to say to the law firms, "You know, diversity is important, and we want our legal matters staffed with diverse attorneys," and then we can say, "We're going to look at your billing hours and we're going to make sure that the diverse attorneys that you said were going to work on these matters are actually working on the matters," so, you know, it's great to now be the client working with the law firms and, you know, requiring that our legal cases be staffed with diversity.$$So Verizon [Verizon Wireless Communications, Inc.] set a good example that you're--$$Yes.$$--you're following now.$$Verizon and Walmart [Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.]. You know, they have been the consistent leaders in the space of diversity and inclusion. And years ago, Walmart said, "If you do not staff our cases with diverse lawyers, we will cancel you from working on any of our matters," and that's unheard of. You know, but that was a great example for the legal profession in general.