We have a tradition of supporting diversity initiatives both within and outside of the Firm. Among the first large Connecticut law firms to have a woman partner, we have been a leader in addressing and advancing women’s causes in the legal profession, and continue to have the highest percentage of female partners among large firms in Connecticut. We assisted in the formation of the Connecticut Lawyers Group on Minority Hiring and Retention in the late 1980s and were an original signatory of the Statement of Sixteen Connecticut Law Firms Regarding the Hiring and Retention of Minority Lawyers in January 1991. The principles of that Statement helped guide us in developing our hiring, mentoring and retention programs and policies to attract and retain diverse legal and non-legal personnel.
In 1993, we established our Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, comprised of partners, associates and staff. The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion’s original and ongoing mission includes three essential initiatives: (i) to act as a study group and to conduct programs to educate the Firm concerning diversity issues and to suggest diversity policies to implement at the Firm; (ii) to sponsor Firm-wide outreach activities and events, as part of our effort to increase the number of diverse attorneys at the Firm; and (iii) to act as a resource on diversity matters for the Management, Hiring, and Associates Committees, as well as other groups in the Firm. For over 20 years, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion has pursued these initiatives and the Firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
Together with other members of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and diversity-based law school and bar organizations such as the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut, the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association, the Black Law Students Association at the University of Connecticut School of Law, the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association, the Lambda Law Society at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association, we continue to work to make Connecticut an attractive environment for all lawyers and law students within which to thrive.