Diverse cultures. Multiple perspectives. An inclusive environment.
These are the qualities that strengthen successful businesses. And they are critical for a law firm that represents those businesses, too.
We are committed to fostering diversity and equal opportunity in the practice of law. Diversity enhances the quality of our legal services and provides us with a rich and rewarding workplace. We celebrate our employees’ differences, including, but not limited to, those related to race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation, and reward and recognize our employees based on performance and results.
We are proud of our deep roots in some of America’s most diverse cities, and we honor the broad range of backgrounds and perspectives that form the fabric of our firm. We have challenged the status quo and gained a reputation as a progressive, merit-based business that rewards individual achievement and potential. Our commitment to diversity is reflected within the highest ranks of our firm:
- 41% of our attorneys are diverse
- 28% of our Members (partners) are diverse
- 16% of our Equity Members (partners) are diverse
Diversity is about inclusion. An open mind. Courteous discourse and appreciating another point of view.
Active participation in diverse bar associations and corporate counsel programs. Relationships with community organizations which foster and enhance diversity. Creating a culture of understanding. This is our goal.
We work toward achieving that goal through involvement in organizations and programs that foster the changes to which we are committed. These include the ABA’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice and Women in Profession, the Task Force on Diversity in the Profession, the Association of Women Attorneys, minority job fairs, and diversity clerkship programs.
Our attorneys dedicate their time and talents to improving diversity outcomes in the legal profession, serving in leadership roles within diversity-related organizations. For example, our firm is involved with the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, which is named in honor of Louis A. Martinet, an African-American lawyer who was a key figure during the civil rights efforts surrounding the end of Reconstruction. The Martinet Society began during the midst of the civil rights struggle with the objectives of encouraging the interchange of ideas, promoting legal scholarship, and the administration of justice.
As another example, McGlinchey Stafford worked with several plaintiffs and with the support of organizations such as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Martinet Society on the landmark 1991 cases Clark v. Roemer and Chisom v. Roemer, which resulted in the desegregation of Louisiana’s Trial, Appellate, and Supreme Courts. For more than 20 years, McGlinchey Stafford has co-hosted the Lionel R. Collins Dinner, held each year in conjunction with the National Bar Association’s convention, to commemorate progress made by African-American judges since these significant cases.
We were a proud sponsor of the study underlying the provocative, landmark treatise, “Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms,” published by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
While our success at the leadership level is significant, we always strive to do better. The ultimate goal is for everyone in our firm to contribute.
We’ve established a formal Diversity Program as part of our strategic vision and Best Practices initiative. The program is run by the Diversity Committee, which reports directly to firm management. This group develops our strategic diversity plan, implementation of its action plan, and accountability for progress.