|Diversity Chair Prefix||Ms.|
|Diversity Chair First Name||Deborah|
|Diversity Chair Last Name||Martin Owens|
Diversity Contact Information
|Diversity Contact Prefix||Ms.|
|Diversity Contact First Name||Maria|
|Diversity Contact Last Name||Melendez|
|Link to your organization's diversity website||http://www.sidley.com/Diversity/|
|Which of the following methods do you use to increase the presence and retention of under-represented groups? (Check all that apply)||
Diversity job fairs
Outreach to law student groups
Formal mentoring efforts
Recruit at schools with large minority populations
Firm diversity committee
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
Sidley has a long history of taking committed action to diversify its own ranks, to achieve an inclusive and welcoming culture and to increase the diversity of the legal profession as a whole. Our mission is to attract, retain and promote to partnership and leadership outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and communities that we serve. We work to accomplish our mission by:
Undertaking a substantial internal education program focusing on unconscious bias and cultural competency;
It has been and remains the policy of the Firm to recruit and employ lawyers and staff without regard to race, color, creed, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, disability, citizenship status, national origin, veteran status and any other factor protected by applicable law. This policy applies at all stages and aspects of employment, including recruiting, hiring, promotion and transfer, work assignment, compensation and, where necessary, discipline and termination.
Diversity fellowships or scholarships
|Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship?||Yes|
|If yes, is the program open to||2L|
|Please provide a brief description of the program||
To further promote diversity within the legal profession and to support Sidley’s diversity policies, the firm created the Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship Initiative for second year law students. Through the scholarship, the firm grants $25,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected second year law students who accept offers to join Sidley’s summer program.
Affinity group information
|Does your organization or office have affinity groups?||Yes|
|If yes, please describe your affinity groups below||
Sidley hosts affinity group events for various diverse groups to provide networking opportunities and to allow for programming tailored to issues specific each group’s experience. These groups include Latinx, African-American, LGBTQ and first-generation lawyers. The firm also recently launched a Disability Diversity Alliance, a support network for lawyers with disabilities and lawyers interested in workplace disability issues.
The firm also supports Associates’ Diversity Committees in our U.S. offices. Working closely with the Diversity Committee, they organize internal and external networking events, social events, community service and educational activities that allow diverse associates to connect to various parts of the firm.
In some of Sidley’s offices, the firm hosts bi-monthly “Cocktails and Conversations” to help women associates network with senior women partners in small groups. The CRPW also holds regular women’s lunches in various offices that provide educational and networking opportunities. These lunches feature guest speakers and other presentations on topics of interest to women lawyers, including building visibility inside and outside the firm, promoting one’s practice and work-life balance.