|Diversity Chair Prefix||Co-Chairs|
|Diversity Chair First Name||Ms. Gail Lione|
|Diversity Chair Last Name||Mr. Thurbert Baker|
Diversity Contact Information
|Diversity Contact Prefix||Ms.|
|Diversity Contact First Name||Inga|
|Diversity Contact Last Name||Masjule|
|Link to your organization's diversity website||http://www.dentons.com/en/whats-different-about-dentons/as-diverse-as-you-are.aspx|
|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
Firm diversity committee
Recruit at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
Diversity at Dentons
Dentons is committed to fostering an inclusive and dynamic culture that welcomes, values and respects the contributions of our diverse talent, and we leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences of our lawyers and professionals to provide exceptional service to our diverse clients. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, faith, religion or spiritual beliefs, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, abilities, social perspective and other characteristics, we create a dynamic and inclusive work environment that is critical to our success.
We adopted a Five-Year Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan in 2020, which is aligned with the Firm’s strategic plan and establishes our approach to the recruitment, development, advancement and retention of our women and diverse lawyers. The focus of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee and WomenLEAD Committee is to ensure that best practices are observed in the implementation of our Strategic Plan. The committees are supported by our diversity and inclusion team, and together they are charged with increasing our diverse talent representation, expanding our developmental programs and providing client engagement opportunities.
Dentons takes an active approach to creating and nurturing an inclusive, diverse workplace that attracts, supports, promotes and retains individuals from all backgrounds through the following efforts:
Professional Development and Advancement Programs
Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Lawyers
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
In 2020, the Firm hosted its first Associate Hackathon Competition to generate new ideas for furthering diversity and inclusion. Small teams were charged with identifying unmet needs and innovative solutions at the Firm. The winning team proposed a “Complement Check,” a system to help identify diverse lawyers for projects and staffing matters.
We are proud to be one of the eight foundational firms behind the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance (LFAA), whose membership has now grown to over 500 law firms and other organizations united to identify and dismantle structural and systemic racism and promote racial equity in the law through pro bono initiatives. Our Dentons US CEO serves as a member of LFAA’s advisory board alongside corporate general counsel and other law firm leaders, and our Pro Bono Partner serves as secretary of the LFAA board, as part of our personal commitment to action on anti-racism.
Employment opportunities at the Firm are and shall continue to be open to all qualified applicants on the basis of their experience, aptitudes, and abilities. Employment and advancement at the Firm are based on the individual’s achievement, performance, ability, dedication, professionalism, potential for promotion, and Firm needs. We do not discriminate in any of our employment policies or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.
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|
|Please provide a brief description of the program||
Dentons participates in the 1L Scholars Program through LCLD. This program is designed to expand opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Students with strong academic performance and leadership potential can work side-by-side with lawyers and other legal specialists. In each of the past two years, one of our 1L LCLD Scholars has had the opportunity to split their time working with one of our top clients.
Dentons also participates in the Colorado Pledge to Diversity program. The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group was founded in 1993 by 13 Denver area law firms dedicated to bringing about real change to the legal community through diversity. The 1L Summer Clerkship Program comprises of around 20 Denver law firms and corporate legal departments. It is designed to expose diverse law students to larger law firms or corporate legal departments during their 1L summer.
Affinity group information
|Does your organization or office have affinity groups?||Yes|
|If yes, please describe your affinity groups below||
Dentons Affinity Groups help enhance and foster an inclusive Firm culture by supporting the professional advancement of diverse members through networking, training and business development initiatives. Several of our affinity groups are currently open to lawyers, professionals and business services staff; in an effort to create a truly inclusive environment, we are in the process of opening up the rest. Dentons Affinity Groups include:
WomenLEAD (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advancement and Development) provides tools and opportunities to help women succeed and advance. Our WomenLEAD Committee, as well as local committees in each of our US offices, organize a variety of programs every year. Our annual WomenLEAD Excellence Awards recognize lawyers and professionals who go the extra mile to aid and advance women in the workplace. This year we added new award categories to recognize a woman business services staff member and a male ally.