The Diversity Committee – in conjunction with our Diversity Management Department (DMD) – is charged with developing, implementing and coordinating the Firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Realizing the importance of an integrated approach, the DMD works closely with our Legal Talent Office to monitor the effectiveness of our diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs to further the Firm’s mission.
Some of the Firm's diversity and inclusion initiatives are briefly described below.
The Firm’s affinity networks —which are open to all lawyers—are integral to our efforts to maintain and enhance an inclusive workplace and community. The Firm has three active associate networks: the Asian Associates Network, the LGBTQ+ Network and the Network of Black & Latinx Lawyers (NOBLL). These networks offer candid forums for members to seek advice, share experiences and discuss work-related issues. The networks meet regularly and bring in speakers periodically to discuss career development topics to assist its members with achieving their professional milestones, while also raising members’ professional profiles within the Firm. The affinity networks maintain bespoke mentoring programs for incoming associate members. The networks also host a partner-led speaker series. The presentations cover substantive practice and professional development topics for all who would like to attend.
Our Women's Initiative Committee (WIC) is also open to all lawyers and works to enhance the experience of those who identify as women by focusing on their development by fostering informal networking and mentoring opportunities.
The Firm is also very proud of its “S&C Celebrates Diversity” speaker series. In a recent program in this series, the Firm hosted Damon T. Hewitt, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL). Mr. Hewitt discussed his work with the LCCRUL, how his time clerking for the Honorable Eric L. Clay influences his work today and the importance of focusing on the future while celebrating the past.
BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women partners hold several leadership positions in the Firm, including serving on the Firm's Management Committee and other committees, managing multiple offices, and heading many practice groups and practice areas. For instance:
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