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Sidley Austin Brown Law Firm

Another Highly Regarded Firm
From DTG Research 2005

·        Non-discrimination language on website Career section

o       “Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer that offers challenging employment opportunities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability unrelated to the applicant's ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation, Vietnam era Veteran status, or membership in the other legally protected categories.” 

Diversity program:

·        Want to recruit diverse lawyers who have the ability to be the best in their field

·        Established Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in 1988

o       Recruiting

·        Includes a Black partner and a Hispanic partner

·        Support recruiting efforts of whole firm

·        Visit more law schools to reach minority law students

·        Hope to identify high potential minority law students early in the process

·        Form a close relationship with student organizations to promote their firm

·        Attend minority job fairs across the U.S.

·        Have 52 minority interns

o       Retention

·        Have a formal mentoring program

·        Committee acts as informal mentors for minority lawyers

·        Treat each employee as an individual, but don’t ignore that there are minority issues

o       Promote high achieving minority lawyers to partner

o       Recognized in The Best Companies for Minorities: Employers Across America who Recruit, Train, and Promote Minorities by Lawrence Graham (one of 6 law firms on list)

o       Form community groups that service minority interests for all law firms and serves minority lawyers

o       Contribute to minority law student scholarships

o        Always looking for other diversity initiatives they can pursue