Laurice Royal is the talent and inclusion director for Impact Justice. She takes pride in helping employers of assorted sizes and focus, create and implement employment-related practices that are legally compliant and that advance the client’s business objectives and mission. Relying upon her experience as a former Practice Group Leader and Chief Legal Counsel for Employment, Labor and Organizational Equity for the Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, Laurice was known for delivering prompt advice that was practical and tailored to each client’s unique work environment and culture. Laurice also served briefly as Interim Vice President for Human Resources at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the largest employer within the Health System. Prior to Hopkins, Laurice served in various capacities with the Baltimore City Solicitor’s Office, primarily focusing on litigation and representing major City agencies in arbitration, labor negotiations, and before State and Federal district and courts of appeal. Her advice and advocacy are guided by her deep knowledge of relevant labor, fair employment practices and employment laws, and her over 30 years of experience representing organizations in connection with workplace matters.
Laurice has also advised employers on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, and designed and delivered workplace training programs for management and leadership on an array of employment law related topics. She drafted and negotiated various types of human resource-related agreements, and managed sensitive investigations involving workplace complaints of alleged violations of employer policies and practices. Laurice spoke at countless human resources conferences and gave webinars on various workplace employment law topics. During her tenure with Hopkins, Laurice created the office of Organizational Equity, which is responsible for ensuring compliance with various fair employment practice laws, an ADA Accessibility Manager role, responsible for ensuring that patients, employees and visitors had equal access to all programs, facilities and employment opportunities within the Health System, and a fellowship program which provided recent diverse law school graduates an opportunity to practice and gain experience in a corporate setting.
Laurice is a graduate of Smith College and Suffolk University School of Law. She is a trained mediator and was part of a national task force created by the American Bar Association and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that designed the EEOC’s very successful mediation program. Laurice has always been a strong advocate for finding workable solutions to resolving workplace issues in a way that is both equitable, empathetic, and in compliance with the law.
In her free time, Laurice teaches, and mentors, individuals in various stages of their lives to pursue their passions; contributes her artistic skills to public works of art; curates, re-purposes and recycles vintage jewelry; travels; and serves as a member and officer on various nonprofit boards.