Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
"We believe that a diverse law firm is critical to providing the quality of legal services our clients expect, preserving our core values and maintaining our rich culture. The firm takes its commitment to diversity and inclusion seriously. We have worked and will continue to work to create and maintain an open and receptive work environment and a diverse workforce of attorneys and staff. From our recruiting and advancement practices to our vendor choices, we seek change that makes a real difference inside and outside our firm."
– John Latham and Cari Dawson, Diversity Partners
Our diversity efforts can be categorized in five specific areas: recruiting; retention; mentoring; promoting diversity throughout the firm; and communication. Some of our specific firm-wide goals include:
Increasing our emphasis on and resources toward hiring and retaining top talent, particularly women, people of color and members of the LGBT community.
Ensuring that minority groups (including women, people of color and members of the LGBT community) sustain a level of success as partners.
Providing appropriate mentoring to all diverse lawyers to ensure their continued success at the firm and in their legal careers.
Promoting Diversity Throughout the firm:
Recognizing, celebrating and educating our lawyers and employees regarding cultural differences.
Broadening our efforts in communicating the firm’s diversity initiatives and accomplishments to add a voice to the call for diversity within the profession.
Caption for Photos
Top Photo: Alston & Bird LLP is the recipient of the Dell 2014 Legal Diversity Award. Pictured from left to right are: Dominique Shelton (partner, Alston & Bird), Michelle Mann (senior counsel, Dell Legal), Chad Anson (director, Dell Legal), Lisa Zolidis (senior counsel, Dell Legal), Jesse Jauregui (partner, Alston & Bird), Debbie Jones (partner, Alston & Bird), Rich Rothberg (senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, Dell), Kelly Walton (director, Dell Legal), Rick McDermott (partner, Alston & Bird), Joe Burke (director, Dell Legal), Laura Coleman (vice president, Dell Legal), Edward “Ted” Kang (partner, Alston & Bird), John Latham (diversity partner, Alston & Bird), Mark Mouritsen (executive director, Dell Legal), Henry Moreno (legal operations consultant, Dell Legal). (October 8, 2014)
Second row of photos from left to right:
Photo 1: Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles Diversity Committee hosted “Is Diversity Still Important in 2014?” Our esteemed speaker for the program was the Honorable Justice Carol D. Codrington, an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two. (L-R: Jesse Jauregui, Partner, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair CA Diversity Committee; Honorable Justice Carol D. Codrington, an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two; Elizabeth Sperling, Partner, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair CA Diversity Committee.)
Photo 2: As part of the firm’s Celebration Of Women’s History Month, the Diversity Task Force and North Carolina Diversity Committee presented “Women Making History: A Conversation With Anne Tompkins”, Alston & Bird Alum and U.S. Attorney for the Western District Of North Carolina (L-R: Rick McDermott, Partner, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair NC Diversity Committee; Anne Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District Of North Carolina; Ashley Menser, Counsel, Alston & Bird, Co-Chair NC Women’s Initiative, Co-Chair NC Diversity Committee; Pam Clifford, Senior Business Development Manager, Alston & Bird, NC Diversity Committee.)
Photo 3: As part of the firm’s celebration of Black History month, the Diversity Task Force and the Atlanta Diversity Committee were pleased to welcome an American hero to the firm, U.S. Congressman John Lewis. (L-R: John Latham, Partner, Alston & Bird, Diversity Partner and Chair of A&B’s Diversity Steering Committee; John Lewis, U.S. Congressman, Georgia's Fifth Congressional District; Cari K. Dawson, Partner, Alston & Bird, Diversity Steering Committee, Women’s Initiative Steering Committee; Richard Hays, Managing Partner, Alston & Bird.)