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Inclusion and Diversity

Sedgwick’s commitment to inclusion and diversity comes from a belief that attorneys and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences, working toward a common goal, offer the best opportunity to deliver the superior legal services that our clients expect.  We understand that in the diverse and interconnected world in which we live and work it is essential that we engage people from different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in our work.

 
A work environment that values the contributions of all, regardless of race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability is vital to our mission to serve our clients and communities with the exceptionally talented lawyers they demand. As of March 2013, 15 percent of Sedgwick’s partnership and 23 percent of the firm’s associates and special counsel are comprised of minority attorneys. 25 percent of the firm’s partnership and 44 percent of the firm’s associates and special counsel are comprised of women attorneys. Of the seven attorneys in our 2012 partnership class, two are women.

To ensure that we continue to have an inclusive and diverse environment, we have dedicated the firm’s resources and talent toward the recruitment, retention and advancement of highly skilled attorneys and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Sedgwick’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee is comprised of partners and special counsel from each of our offices, including members of the firm’s Management Committee and the Chair of the Firm. Working with a dedicated budget to support the firm’s diversity programs and events, the committee meets monthly to monitor the progress of the firm’s inclusion and diversity efforts. It also works closely with the practice group leaders of the firm to ensure that inclusion and diversity takes hold throughout the firm. The efforts we have undertaken include the formation of affinity groups, the expansion of our mentorship program and the forging of a closer alliance with the various national, regional and local diversity organizations. 

Sedgwick created five affinity groups to aid in the firm’s diversity efforts:  the African American Lawyers Forum, Asian Pacific Islander Forum, Hispanic Lawyers Forum, LGBT Action Committee, and Women’s Forum.  With the firm’s support, members of these affinity groups are active in various minority bar organizations, law student and alumni groups, and charitable and professional associations.

Our affinity groups have also assisted the firm in reaching out to potential lateral attorney candidates, mentoring current Sedgwick lawyers and offering recommendations on ways to improve the firm’s diversity efforts.  Perhaps the greatest benefit from the firm’s affinity groups is that they have enhanced communication within the firm and improved the firm’s ability to learn from the unique experiences of our diverse lawyers.

Sedgwick teams with minority student law organizations to participate in on-campus recruiting events and sponsors and attends recruiting events presented by the various minority bar associations.  For example, Sedgwick sponsors events and initiatives of Catalyst, an organization that promotes the recruitment and advancement of women in management; Lavender Law, the career fair and conference of the National LGBT Bar Association; the Chicago and Northeast regional chapters of the MCCA; and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Sedgwick has been recognized for its commitment to inclusion and diversity in many ways. These accolades come as a result of the creative approach the firm has taken to address the need for greater inclusion and diversity within the legal profession.  Some of our recent awards and recognition are highlighted below.

  • Named by The American Lawyer as one of the "Top 40 Firms for Diversity"
  • Achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year
  • Received the State Bar of California's 2012 Diversity Award
  • Attained Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for the second year in a row
  • Received the Associated Builders and Contractors’ 2012 National Excellence in Diversity Award
  • Received the 2012 Drucilla Stender Ramey Majority-Owned Law Firm Award by the California Minority Counsel Program



David M. Humiston
Partner
Inclusion and Diversity Committee Co-Chair
david.humiston@sedgwicklaw.com

tel: 213.426.6900
fax: 213.426.6921

Tanya M. Lawson
Partner
Inclusion and Diversity Committee Co-Chair
tanya.lawson@sedgwicklaw.com

tel: 305.670.4777
fax: 305.670.7007


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