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Diversity Overview

Our Vision

We embrace diversity at all levels of the firm and seek out the best individuals to join our team. Our unique culture is enhanced through diversity not only of race and gender, but by members of the LGBT community, generational differences, cultural differences and talented people of varying backgrounds and experiences. Alston & Bird recruits, hires, and promotes for all positions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, handicap or veteran's status. 

Our Goals

Alston & Bird is committed to promoting diversity both within our firm and our community. We have worked and will continue to work to create and maintain an open, receptive and nurturing work environment and a diverse workforce of attorneys and staff. We accomplish this internally through various initiatives under the leadership of firm-wide Diversity Committees. Chaired by a partner, the Diversity Steering Committee provides overarching goals and guidance. Each office/region has a Regional Diversity Committee, comprised of attorneys and staff, working to implement programs, events and sponsorships relative to their locations. The Diversity Task Force supports the firm’s efforts by providing opportunities for learning through events, recognition and cultural celebration.   

 


 Ambassador Andrew Young's Metaphor for Diversity

 ". . . I read a little book called the Gardens of Democracy. It’s a little book that says where we went off-track was when the enlightenment gave us the impression that the economy was to run like a machine. And so we developed a mechanized view of social change. The mechanical view is not an apt metaphor—life is much more like a garden . . . it requires weeding. It requires acceptance of diversity, and you don’t put your flowers under the shade of the tree. You’ve got to accommodate for sunlight and rain. If we look at the democracy and free enterprise with a garden as a metaphor, we come out with a much more humane view of the world and a much more realistic approach to the problems of the world."    -- Excerpt from a recent presentation at Alston & Bird

 
 

 




Caption for Photos

Photo 1: The A&B California Annual MCLE Program, “Elimination of Bias”  (L-R: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law and Jesse Jauregui, partner, Alston & Bird.)

Photo 2: National Symposium on Diversity in the Legal Profession hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association.  (L-R: John Latham, diversity partner, Alston & Bird; Michael K. Tucker, executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer, Avis Budget Group, Inc.; Mark S. Stewart, chair, Ballard Spahr, LLP; David Smith, chair, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.)

Photo 3: A&B receives The Leadership Circle Award presented by Ballou Senior High School in recognition of the firm’s investment in and advocacy on behalf of the students, families and staff.  (L-R: Ruth Jones, Ballou Senior High School, and Emily Mao, partner and co-chair of the WDC Diversity Committee.)

Photo 4: A&B received the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 100% Award during a celebration on March 12, 2013, at the Time Warner Center in New York. The firm has earned a perfect score of 100 on the HRC CEI for eight years in a row. (L-R: James Sullivan, partner in the Energy group and chair of the A&B New York Diversity Committee and Mark McElreath, partner in the Financial Services & Products group.)