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Directory Year: 2021

Schiff Hardin LLP - Chicago, Illinois

Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix Mr.
Diversity Chair First Name Sailesh
Diversity Chair Last Name Patel

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix Ms.
Diversity Contact First Name Jill
Diversity Contact Last Name Attkisson
Link to your organization's diversity website

Recruitment methods

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
Bar-sponsored programs
Firm diversity committee
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

Schiff Hardin recognizes that we must engage in many different activities to support and maintain our diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities. For that reason, we use a variety of methods to increase underrepresented groups at the firm. Our writing coach hosts presentations for organizations committed to making the legal profession more diverse, including The Belonging Project, the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program, and at Howard Law.  We annually attend the Cook County Bar Association's Minority Job Fair and the National LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law Career Fair. We also encourage our attorneys to serve as mentors in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) Success in Law School Mentoring Program and to assist with the 1L Scholars Mock Interview program. Additionally, we recognize the importance of investing in our people, and in particular, our attorneys from underrepresented groups. Annually, we nominate and support our attorneys’ participation in the LCLD’s Fellows & Pathfinder programs, which provide leadership skills, career development, and networking opportunities to advance the next generation of leaders. Also, starting this year, the firm will give associates up to 20 hours of billable hour credit hour for time they spend on diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

Non-discrimination policy

Schiff Hardin is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We maintain a policy of considering all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion or creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, citizenship status, order of protection status, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, source of income, military or veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Vets/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

Diversity fellowships or scholarships

Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship? Yes
If yes, is the program open to 1L|2L
Please provide a brief description of the program

Each year, Schiff Hardin presents the John J. Waldron Scholarship to a minority student at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law who demonstrates exceptional academic performance and personal character during their first year of law school.

Affinity group information

Does your organization or office have affinity groups? Yes
If yes, please describe your affinity groups below

Asian American Inclusion Group

Black Inclusion Group

Disability Inclusion Group

LGBTQ+ Inclusion Group

Latinx Inclusion Group

Military Inclusion Group

New Moms Group

Women Equity Partners/Special Partners

Women’s Initiative (WIN)