Perspective and insight – these are two key elements of legal representation that benefit from an array of diverse voices. These elements are also hard to obtain if everyone in the room looks and thinks the same. That’s why at Jackson Kelly, diversity is not just a buzzword. It’s not thought of as just a “program” or “initiative.” It’s simply the way we do business.
The Firm recognizes our attorneys are most effective when they are representative of the clients we serve. Embracing diversity has allowed Jackson Kelly to build a stronger, more innovative team. The Firm has a Committee on Diversity that is dedicated to recruiting and supporting female, minority, and LGBT attorneys as they rise to membership and other senior positions within the Firm. The Committee is comprised of attorneys in different stages of their careers, to ensure that all perspectives are represented and that individuals of diverse backgrounds are given the maximum opportunity to grow and advance.
This embrace of diversity extends beyond our offices’ walls. The Firm also sponsors educational programs that provide opportunities for minority law students such as paid summer clerkships, scholarship funds, and educational programs, and supports organizations that bring diversity awareness and resources to schools and local communities. Jackson Kelly knows that we can encourage the next generation of diverse attorneys by being a champion of diversity in the community. The Firm is also an engaged member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
- Awarded “Gold Standard Certification” by Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), a designation for law firms that have integrated women in top leadership positions
- Recognized for high percentage of female Equity Members and commitment to gender equality in Law360’s “The 25 Best Law Firms For Female Partners”
Diversity Committee Members
- Michael Austin, II
- Vivian Basdekis
- Gretchen Callas
- Laura Hackney
- Jill Hall
- Erin Magee
- Lauren McCartney