|Diversity Chair Prefix||Mr.|
|Diversity Chair First Name||Martin|
|Diversity Chair Last Name||Jackson|
Diversity Contact Information
|Diversity Contact Prefix||Mrs.|
|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:
Recruiting, mentoring, and investing in the development of a diverse group of summer associates and practicing lawyers;
Supporting strategic business development initiatives and mentoring programs for all lawyers, including women lawyers and lawyers of diverse backgrounds;
Collaborating with clients to ensure the development of diverse and inclusive client-service teams; and
Establishing well-being resources and career development programs to support all our lawyers.
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 $50,000 (less any applicable withholdings and taxes) to selected second year law students who accept offers to join Sidley’s summer program. Scholarship recipients will receive $25,000 upon joining Sidley as a summer associate, and the remaining $25,000 will be paid after joining the firm as a full-time associate.
Affinity group information
|Does your organization or office have affinity groups?||Yes|
|If yes, please describe your affinity groups below||
Sidley has a number of internal affinity groups that serve as a built-in community of support and networking opportunity for our lawyers. These include groups for firm lawyers who identify as LGBTQ+, Hispanic/Latinx, Black/African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, women of color, and lawyers with disabilities and those interested in workplace disability issues.
Sidley’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and local Associates Diversity Committees 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 addition, the firm’s SidleyWomen committee holds regular events that provide educational and networking opportunities for our women lawyers.