Our philosophy on diversity can be summed up in one word: commitment. At Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, we strive to create a culture of inclusiveness, one open to differences in people, backgrounds and ideas. We recognize that, in today’s global marketplace, it is imperative to have a work force that reflects the diversity of our world.
Our commitment to the principle of diversity dates back to the firm’s founding. Akin Gump historically has sought to break down barriers to achievement. We are aggressive in our efforts to recruit, retain and promote women and minorities. We are, by nature, a firm that values an environment in which respect, collegiality and teamwork are the signs of excellence.
We proactively seek opportunities to extend the firm’s message of inclusiveness by reaching out to groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Our policies are designed to respond to, and support the needs of, an inclusive work environment. We celebrate the diversity of our Akin Gump community through social and educational programming that raises cultural awareness within the firm and reinforces the benefits of an inclusive environment. To manage our strategic diversity plans, we have a two-tiered diversity committee structure headed by Karol Kepchar, an intellectual property partner in our Washington, D.C. office.
Within our communities, the firm works on diversity-related activities with local professional, social and cultural organizations on a grassroots basis. Many of our lawyers are involved—personally as well as professionally—in groups that bring our commitment to diversity deep into the roots of the communities where we practice. As part of the firm’s dedication to absolute excellence in service, we also collaborate with our clients, sharing best practices and resources in helping each other achieve our diversity goals.
Our commitment is steadfast. We are always looking forward so future generations will have every opportunity to advance in their careers and reach their full potential in a culture that sees their differences as strengths.