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At Akin Gump, we believe that the contributions of attorneys with diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences enhance both the services we provide to our clients as well as the firm’s culture. Thus, we are committed to hiring the best and brightest attorneys, who, in turn, can share their diverse perspectives with all at the firm. Our commitment to diversity is reinforced in the day-to-day operations of the firm in connection with the recruitment, mentorship and promotion of our attorneys, with our pro bono engagements and with our business development efforts, and has been championed by attorneys at all levels of the firm, including, most notably, by the firm’s leadership.
Progress in matters involving diversity and inclusiveness requires more than just talk; a firm must also “walk the walk” by setting ambitious goals, creating a firmwide commitment to those goals, instilling individuals and committees with responsibility for achieving those goals, initiating and coordinating concrete actions in furtherance of those goals and supporting and rewarding those who participate in the efforts. The firm continually strives to surpass its previous efforts by focusing on recruitment, training, development, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys and reaching out to an increasingly diverse cross-section of the legal community and the communities in which we work through our business development, community involvement and pro bono engagements. At Akin Gump, diversity has truly become a basic tenet of both our philosophy and practice.
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.