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Diversity

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, inclusion, and equal opportunity in our firm and across our profession. We believe that diversity enhances our performance and provides us with a rich and rewarding workplace. We celebrate our employees’ differences across race, gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation, and we strive to treat our lawyers and staff fairly.

Our goal is to create a law firm culture that reflects the increasing diversity of the clients and communities we serve. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse attorneys and staff.

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 

  • Involvement


    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.

    To develop a diverse culture, we focus on attracting, mentoring, and promoting diverse attorneys 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, as well as our own Diversity 1L Scholars Program, Diversity Committee, Women’s Initiative Network, Hispanic Affinity Group, Asian Affinity Group, and LGBTQ Affinity Group.

    In 2008, we launched a Diversity Fellowship Program for first-year law students. That program is now part of the 1L Scholars Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), of which McGlinchey Stafford is a member. Each year, we have sponsored an attorney for the LCLD’s Fellows Program, demonstrating the firm’s commitment to identifying talented diverse lawyers and helping them reach their individual potential. In 2018, the LCLD featured McGlinchey Stafford as a 2018 Law Firm Top Performer at their 9th Annual Meeting. This designation is for the most active LCLD Member Corporations and Law Firms, those who are most involved in LCLD’s programs and the promotion of LCLD’s mission.

    In addition to our active participation in the LCLD, we also provide informal training and mentoring through our Women’s Initiative Network “WIN”, which hosts events and programs directed to our firm’s female women attorneys throughout the year. Examples of WIN programs include a breakfast panel discussion with an outside general counsel and appellate judge on their “pearls of wisdom” for career success and a networking program involving our women attorneys and current and prospective clients.

    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.

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