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Directory Year: 2023

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP - Chicago, Illinois

Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix Ms./Mr.
Diversity Chair First Name Tanvi/Robert
Diversity Chair Last Name Patel/Gerber

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix Mr.
Diversity Contact First Name Marlon
Diversity Contact Last Name Lutfiyya
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

NGE is strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and maintains a diverse workforce. We recognize that DEI are vital components of our culture, identity, strategic planning and overall well-being. By embracing diversity, we reflect that which is great about our community and society at large, we best serve our clients' interests, we fulfill our obligations as members of the bar and we promote creativity, opportunity and professional development at every level. Over the years, NGE has fostered individual growth, development and the diversity of our firm in a number of ways, including:

• Implementing a core competency system for associate development that mitigates unconscious bias and ensures equal opportunity for associates in assignments and business development opportunities;
• Participating in Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule which aims to increase the number of underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership roles, and achieving "Mansfield certification" for meeting Diversity Lab's targets;
• Allowing attorneys and staff to balance commitments to work, family, community and personal life by offering hybrid, flexible and reduced work schedules;
• Providing an affinity network with opportunities to gather and socialize outside of the office;
• Encouraging attorneys and staff to support professional, civic and community organizations that advance the interests of individuals from underrepresented groups, including minorities and women, in the legal community and the community at large;
• Providing billable credit for work on pro bono matters, including many that involve and affect individuals from underrepresented groups, including minorities and women;
• Conducting annual and ongoing evaluations of our processes to limit the impact of biases;
• Providing scholarship support to students from underrepresented groups, including minorities and women;
• Providing a Diversity Clerkship to a law school student who exhibits a strong commitment to DEI;
• Supporting the Chicago Committee, which seeks racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession by collaborating with its law firms to drive institutional change and provide professional development and leadership opportunities to minorities.
• Continuing to enhance our mentoring programs to provide the support that allows attorneys to develop to the fullest of their abilities;
• Providing the opportunity for minorities to participate in the Chicago Committee's Mentorship Academy which utilizes a curriculum-based approach to provide structure and content to mentoring relationships and/or new attorney training programs;
• Participating in recruitment programs such as the Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair and the National LGBTQ Bar Association Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair;
• Continuously evaluating vendor relationships to ensure that we work with vendors owned by individuals from underrepresented groups, including minorities and women;
• Supporting and working with organizations such as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and other similar organizations commited to diversity within the legal profession;
• Supporting and participating in the Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, Ms. JD, Step Up and Girls on the Run Chicago;
• Sponsoring and donating time and in-kind benefits to a variety of minority and women student bar associations to help groom leaders within their ranks and prepare their student members for the practice of law;
• Partnering with, and providing pro bono services on behalf of, Equip for Equality and serving as a member of the Equality Illinois Council;
• Offering diversity programming focused on inclusion, understanding and leveraging differences and a variety of perspectives, and in fostering related dialogue; and
• Offering attorneys and staff the opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions meant to facilitate open discussion about current events and providing resources focused on DEI. 

Our DEI efforts are rooted in our enthusiasm for what we can be and accomplish. Our goal is to maximize the number of attorneys involved in our efforts, to share in the benefits of an inclusive environment and to clearly communicate the value and rewards that derive from each individual's contribution to the effort.

NGE will – as it always has – continue to respect, support, and reward individuals on the basis of personal achievement and contribution, and to encourage attorneys and staff to recognize the value of DEI in achieving better outcomes.

Non-discrimination policy

The firm is committed to the principles of nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity. All decisions with respect to all terms and conditions of employment (including recruitment, hiring, compensation, training, advancement and discharge), both for applicants and existing personnel, are made without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national ancestry, disability, marital status, parental status, veteran status, gender identity or expression or any other legally protected status.

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

The firm is proud to sponsor scholarship awards through the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois. The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund's mission is to provide financial aid in the form of scholarships and summer fellowships to qualified Latino law students based on merit, financial need and commitment to the Latino community.

Affinity group information

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

Our Minority Initiative offers formal programming and informal social opportunities for our associates, counsel and partners from underrepresented groups. While administrative support is provided, the goals and activities are directed by the attorneys.

Our Women's Network was created to help our women attorneys achieve their individual professional goals through programming, training and advocating for women to achieve leadership positions within the firm.

The firm's WANT Program--Women Attorney Networking Teams--is set up to provide our women attorneys with increased opportunities to network internally, and build meaningful personal and mentoring relationships with their colleagues at all levels and in all stages of their professional development.

Our PLAY Group--Parenting, Lawyering And You--provides a forum for sharing the experiences and resources of our attorneys at all stages of the parenting process.