At Akin Gump, we strive to create a culture of inclusiveness, one open to differences in people, backgrounds and ideas. The firm’s commitment to diversity dates back to its founding. Today, this commitment starts at the top with firm management and permeates all aspects of our practice and business.
We believe that the contributions of attorneys with diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences enhance both the firm’s culture as well as the services we provide to our clients. As such, the retention and promotion of attorneys at Akin Gump is a critical component of our efforts to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace. We recognize that one of our best tools in this effort is a diverse partnership, which sends an unequivocal signal to associates and counsel that they can advance professionally at Akin Gump. In addition, our comprehensive professional development programs play a key role in supporting the growth and retention of all of our attorneys by providing formal training, maintaining an objective and measurable set of criteria by which associates and counsel are evaluated and encouraging supervising attorneys to provide meaningful feedback.
Akin Gump’s Mandate for Diversity underscores our belief that diversity is both consistent with our goal to become a highly successful firm and essential to achieving that success. Our diversity committees provide us with the infrastructure to accomplish these goals. Our involvement in recruiting and pipeline programs to expand diversity in the legal profession, our outreach to student affinity groups and law school diversity organizations, our Akin Gump Robert/Strauss Diversity Scholarship program, our Women’s Professional Development Initiative and our LGBT commitment and community partnerships all point to the fact that we are consistently working to extend the firm’s message of inclusiveness both internally and externally.
We are proud of the positive results that our efforts have brought to date, and our successes only reinforce our belief that we are on the right track as we continue to build upon this strong foundation. The awards and accolades that the firm has received are a testament to all that we have accomplished in the area of diversity, and, as you will see through the stories in our attorney profiles, we could not have achieved all that we have without the contributions and talents of our attorneys. Our commitment to diversity is steadfast. Click here to learn more.