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Diversity

Our Commitment to Our Professionals and Our Clients

BuckleySandler LLP is strongly committed to diversity. The firm’s commitment is rooted in the belief that each individual’s unique background contributes a distinct and valuable perspective in our working environment, enriching the day-to-day experience of our professionals, and enabling us to better serve our clients. BuckleySandler strives to ensure broad-based diversity within the firm by focusing on recruiting, retaining, and promoting professionals with diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, diversity of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and physical ability.

Converting Our Commitment into Action

BuckleySandler has an active Diversity Committee, comprised of associates, counsel, and partners. The Diversity Committee is chaired by partner Jonice Gray Tucker. The Diversity Committee is charged with providing strategic guidance relative to the firm’s mission of maintaining and further expanding diversity among its professionals. BuckleySandler, and its attorneys, have been recognized for its diversity and inclusion efforts.

  • BuckleySandler ranked “in the top 20% of firms” on The American Lawyer's 2014 Diversity Scorecard, an annual ranking of large U.S. law firms according to their percentage of minority attorneys and percentage of minority partners.
  • BuckleySandler was recognized in 2012 and 2013 as an American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard Honoree.
  • Law360 recently recognized the firm on its list of the top 25 U.S.-based law firms with the highest percentage of female partners.

Recruiting

BuckleySandler participates in diverse attorney recruiting initiatives spearheaded by top law schools and various legal affinity organizations, as well as those of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) and the Vault Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Legal Diversity Career Fair. The firm also is a proud sponsor of the DC Roadshow, through which it participates in career development seminars for African-American students at law schools nationwide.

The firm also has a Diversity Law Clerk Program. We encourage second and third year law students who are committed to promoting diversity to click here to learn more about this program.

Diversity Initiatives Within BuckleySandler & Beyond

Through the Diversity Committee, BuckleySandler sponsors a lunch series to provide an open forum for discussion of issues of interest and importance to attorneys who are members of diverse groups. The Diversity Committee is also instrumental in driving other initiatives that are critical to retaining diverse attorneys. Outside the firm, our diverse attorneys are leaders in professional organizations that foster networking and interaction among members of diversity groups. Our attorneys include members of:

  • The National Bar Association (which serves African-American attorneys)
  • The South Asian Bar Association
  • The National Hispanic Bar Association
  • The National LGBT Bar Association
  • Women in Housing and Finance

The firm is an active member of Out in Law, an LGBT leadership organization for the legal industry.

One of our attorneys is one of five American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section Ambassadors selected nationwide. The Ambassadors program is part of the ABA’s commitment to increasing the participation of lawyers of color.  One of our attorneys is the immediate past President of the Greater Washington Area Division of the National Bar Association (GWAC), and another is a recent Past-President of the South Asian Bar Association of DC. One of our partners participates in the Diverse Partner Network and is working to establish a Banking and Consumer Financial Services section of that Network.

BuckleySandler is a long-standing, proud sponsor of the Corporate Counsel of Color Career Strategies Conferences, the Lavender Law Conference, the South Asian Bar Association Fellowship Program, and numerous Greater Washington Area Division of the National Bar Association events.   Our attorneys are active in participating in events sponsored by these organizations.

A number of BuckleySandler attorneys also serve as officers, directors and board members of non-profit organizations which are focused on achieving parity for diverse members of our society. For example, one of our partners is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors, two of our other partners are Trustees, and four of our associates are Associate Trustees of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, which represents individuals and groups with discrimination claims in a broad range of civil rights cases. This year, in connection with our work in a District of Columbia public school that serves a predominately low-income, African-American population, the firm was awarded the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s Outstanding Firm Award for Public Education.

BuckleySandler is also a long-standing, proud supporter of the HistoryMakers, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, developing, and providing access to an internationally recognized archival collection of African-American oral histories, and of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, which provides academic scholarships, service opportunities, and leadership experiences for young African Americans of outstanding promise, with one of our partners serving as an advisor to the program.