We are committed to the goal of strengthening our diversity through recruiting, retaining and advancing lawyers and staff, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.
Our commitment is consistent with our recognition that it is the outstanding people within our business who are the source of our strength. Our colleagues—lawyers and staff—are our greatest assets. We have long embraced the principles of equal employment opportunity. We further recognize that promoting diversity is an integral component of our continuing quest for excellence as individual lawyers and as a legal practice.
Our diversity efforts are led by its chief diversity officer, Gina Shishima. She works with our Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Nina Godiwalla, and chairs the diversity and inclusion committee. The diversity and inclusion committee includes Judith A. Archer, Clay Binford, Shauna Johnson Clark, Harva R. Dockery, Michael R. Flynn, Shafeeqa Watkins Giarratani, Alicia Morris Groos, Warren S. Huang, Richard S. Krumholz, Layne E. Kruse, Daryl L. Lansdale, Jr., Stacey A. Martinez, Marilyn Mooney, Carlos R. Rainer, James W. Repass, Gina Shishima, Lisa Tonery, and Elizabeth M. Weaver. Andrew Price and Louis Strubeck are ex officio members of the committee. The diversity and inclusion committee consists of four sub-committees, which are:
- Attorneys of color (co-chairs Warren Huang and Shafeeqa Giarratani)
- Flexible schedule (chair: Alicia Groos)
- LGBT (chair: Mike Flynn)
- Women in the firm and the profession (chair: Judith Archer)
The diversity and inclusion committee works closely with our leadership to strengthen diversity. Of course, each and every one of us must accept responsibility for and do our part to fulfill our commitment to diversity. A diversity advisory committee, comprised of non-partners, is also an integral part of our diversity team.
Our diversity vision statement
Our diversity and inclusion committee has created the following vision statement to guide our diversity efforts.
To establish us as a global leader in diversity by:
- embracing core values of professional excellence, collegiality and inclusion,
- valuing differences and respecting each individual and
- increasing workforce diversity at all levels,
thereby ensuring that each of us has well-founded confidence that we can build successful careers here with our full support and our colleagues.