In addition to building a successful practice as a labor and employment attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson Raleigh attorney Carson Lane has made advancing diversity, equity and inclusion a cornerstone of her career. Lane works to amplify the voices and perspectives of people who aren’t always heard.

For her efforts, Lane is the 2022 recipient of the Don Donadio Community Service Award. The award was established in 2016 to honor Don Donadio, a founding partner of the firm’s Raleigh office. The Don Donadio Community Service Award is given annually to the Triangle associate attorney who, during the year, has exemplified Don’s outstanding civic commitment and leadership in serving the Triangle community.

Lane is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, a well-respected non-profit organization providing important mentoring and emotional support resources to youth. Currently, she is matched with a teen LGBTQIA+ “little sister” who she meets with on a weekly basis to provide guidance and support.  

In addition to personal commitment with Big Brothers Big Sisters, she actively serves on two North Carolina Bar Association committees—the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Committee and the Antitrust & Complex Business Disputes Section’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  As a member of these committees, she has planned multiple events for NCBA LGBTQIA+ members and allies.   

Lane is also an active member of WBD Pride, the firm’s affinity group for LGBTQIA+ team members and allies. In this role, she helped organize the firm’s 2022 Pride Month event, which included a keynote address from U.S. Ambassador Wally Brewster. 

She received the Don Donadio Community Service Award at the Triangle offices’ annual Holiday Party, which took place Dec. 3 at the Lakeside Pavilion at the Angus Barn in Raleigh.