Chapman and Cutler LLP is committed to and has placed the highest priority on achieving workplace diversity; a workplace where individuals of different race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, family status or disability have equal opportunity to participate in the Firm at all levels to the greatest extent of their ability. We value attorneys and staff who are not only experts in their chosen fields, but who also enhance our workplace environment with their individual experiences. We believe our Firm has a responsibility to reflect the diverse communities and clients that we serve and that diversity significantly enhances our ability to provide high-quality legal services to our clients. Because of this, we encourage our attorneys and staff to devote their time and experience to improve our Firm's diversity and to help the community through pro bono and public service opportunities.
The Firm's various diversity initiatives are coordinated by a Diversity Committee comprised of eight partners, including the Firm's Hiring Partner and two members of the Firm's Policy Committee, which is the executive committee/management committee of the Firm. The Diversity Committee is accountable and reports directly to the Firm's Chief Operating Partner and the Firm's Policy Committee. The Diversity Committee charged with developing and implementing formal policies designed to improve the diversity of the Firm and to foster a workplace that not only embraces diversity, but also anticipates (and not just responds to) the needs of Firm personnel. The Diversity Committee's goals are to establish appropriate Firm management structures to promote and sustain workplace diversity, foster a Firm culture that is supportive of diversity, provide for the employment and advancement of a diverse workforce, and provide for the internal and external communication of the Firm's diversity focus.
Our commitment to diversity does not end with the hiring process. Women, minority and gay and lesbian attorneys participate in the Firm at the highest levels of management. A woman partner, an African-American partner and a gay partner are members of the Firm's Policy Committee; a woman partner serves as the Firm's Hiring Partner and chair of the Firm's Employment Committee; a woman partner and a gay partner head the Firm's San Francisco office; and two women partners, a gay partner, two African-American partners, and an Asian Partner are members of the Firm's Diversity Committee.
The Firm participates in and encourages our attorneys and staff to participate in programs that promote diversity. Our activities to promote diversity include:
• Participation in minority job fairs and professional organizations. The Firm is an active participant in the Cook County Minority Job Fair held each year in Chicago, sponsored by the Cook County Bar Association. The Firm is also a member of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms which develops strategies to identify, recruit, hire, retain and promote to partnership minority attorneys and assists minority law students in obtaining employment in large law firms.
• Involvement in pro bono and civic activities. Attorneys and staff of the Firm are active in pro bono and civic organizations serving women, gays and lesbians and other minority groups and are members of the boards of charitable and non-profit organizations such as the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and Gads Hill Center, which is a family resource center serving the Latino community. The Firm Pro Bono Committee coordinates additional activities for all attorneys and recent projects include work for the Chicago Community Loan Fund which provides low cost, flexible financing to non-profit community development organizations for affordable housing, economic/commercial development and social service facility initiatives. – less–ZoomInfo