Diversity: Good for us, good for our clients

Diversity: Good for us, good for our clients

We believe that diversity makes us better. By actively recruiting, retaining, and advancing a diverse workforce, we are better equipped to serve our sophisticated, global clients and to contribute to making our communities better places.

We foster diversity by promoting a culture in which all individuals can excel. Our Diversity Committee, made up of both lawyers and staff, directs our goals and provides recommendations to improve our diverse workplace.

jackson-walker-attorney-thumb-CooperWade“There is a high expectation of mutual respect and inclusion for every single person at Jackson Walker, and we take that commitment very seriously. Today, nearly half of our associates are women and more than a quarter are minorities. However, even those statistics don’t fully capture the rich variety of backgrounds and experiences that our colleagues represent. Our culture, and a tradition of mutual respect and inclusion, are what set Jackson Walker apart.”—Wade Cooper, Managing Partner

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    Nearly 50 percent of the firm’s associates are women, and more than 25 percent are members of ethnic minorities.

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    For the past 6 years, at least 50 percent of the firm’s new partners have been women. Between 2012-2014, Jackson Walker promoted more women to partnership than any other Texas firm.

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    Over the past five years, our new associate classes were split evenly between men and women and were nearly 30 percent diverse. Of those new associate classes, more than 70 percent are still with the firm today.

Recognition and Leadership

Our commitment to diversity is seen in the recognition that individual Jackson Walker attorneys and the firm have received and our leadership in organizations that support diversity in the legal profession. For example: In 2014, Jackson Walker received the prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award for the South Region from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The award is presented to law firms that have demonstrated sustained commitment to improve the hiring, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys. The firm was also a finalist for this award in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

  • Chevazz serves on the Houston Board of Councilors for the Texas Civil Rights Project, which works to promote racial, social, and economic justice through litigation, education, and social services for low/moderate-income persons least able to defend themselves.

  • Robert was named a "Minority Rainmaker" by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. The honor is given to minority lawyers throughout the U.S. who have achieved success through innovative, consistent, and proactive business development.

  • Debbie is leader of the JW-Women initiative. She has practiced with the firm since 1996. She is a member of Attorneys Serving the Community and the National Charity League, and she is involved with Heroes for Children.

  • Chris was co-chair for the 2013 and 2014 State Bar of Texas Minority Counsel Program and has served on its steering committee since 2011. He was also named a Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Recruiting

Our recruiting department participates in a variety of recruiting events targeting minority attorneys and law students, including the Dallas Consortium on Minority Hiring and Sunbelt Minority Hiring Conference. The firm also supports scholarship programs, student organizations and events that are designed to enhance opportunities for women, minorities, LGBT individuals and persons with disabilities in the legal profession.

Scholarships

  • The Renaissance Cultural Center Scholarship Fund
  • National Black Law Students Association Student Leadership Scholarships
  • Bar None, supporting the Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarships

Student organizations and events

  • ABA Forum’s First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition
  • Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association (CHLSA)
  • National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
  • Asian Law Students Association (ALSA)
  • National Association of Law Students with Disabilities (NALSWD)
  • University of Texas Thurgood Marshall Legal Society
  • University of Texas Women’s Law Caucus
  • University of Houston Black Law Students Association

Retention

Historically, law firms have struggled with retaining women and minority attorneys. Jackson Walker has confronted this challenge through mentoring, supporting, and promoting. Our efforts include:

  • Strengthening relationships between associates and senior attorneys through mentoring and networking opportunities
  • Actively encouraging women, minority and LGBT attorneys, and attorneys with disabilities, to pursue business development opportunities and leadership roles within the firm
  • An Alternative Work Schedule Policy that allows associates to balance personal and family responsibilities with the needs of the firm, while at the same time maintaining the opportunity for professional growth, experience, and career advancement. Several women in the firm have been elected to partnership while on alternative work schedules.

Pipeline Initiatives

We support a variety of pipeline programs that provide diverse students with opportunities to explore the possibilities of pursuing a career in law. We are involved with:

  • Pipeline Committee of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Committee on Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession
  • YMBL Sunshine Foundation of Austin
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Street Law Program
  • Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL)

Diversity News

  • Attorney News

    James McFall Co-Chairs Moot Court Competition for Minority Law Students

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    Jackson Walker Recognized as ‘Diverse, Inclusive, and Profitable’

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    Mary Emma Karam Named in 2016 Top 15 Business Women of Dallas by National Women’s Council

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    Jackson Walker Named as Top Performer by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

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  • Attorney News

    Bruce Ruzinsky Named Texas Minority Counsel Program 2015 Trailblazer Outside Counsel of the Year

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Named a South Region Finalist for 2015 Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity

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    Jackson Walker Recognized for Diversity

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  • Attorney News

    Jackson Walker’s Participation in State Bar Panel on Diversity Best Practices Highlighted in ‘Texas Lawyer’ Article

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    Chris Mugica Appointed to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Executive Council

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Named Among 100 Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys by ‘Law360’

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    Jackson Walker Named Among 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys by ‘Law360’

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    2015 Women and Minority Partner Promotions

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  • Press release

    Chris Mugica and Bruce Ruzinsky Speak at Texas Minority Counsel Program

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    San Antonio Jackson Walker Women Receive ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award

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    Jackson Walker Gets an ‘A’ in Austin Law Firm Diversity Report Card

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    Jackson Walker Ranked Among Top Texas Firms for Diversity

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    Jackson Walker ranks first in Texas for promotion of women

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    ‘Texas Lawbook’ Article Highlights Jackson Walker’s Success in Promoting Women to Partner

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    Suzan Kedron Named Fellow in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

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    Jackson Walker Receives Prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity

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    Jackson Walker Named a Finalist for 2013 Thomas L. Sager Award for Diversity

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  • Press release

    TCWLA Names Jackson Walker Outstanding Firm for Women

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    Chris Mugica Named Fellow in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

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    Marisela M. Peña Quoted in ‘Texas Lawyer’ on Women and Minorities in Law Firms

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    Jackson Walker Recognized for Promoting Women to Partnership

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    Chris Mugica Selected as First Jackson Walker LCLD Fellow

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    Jackson Walker Hosts Inaugural Diversity Dinner and Dialogue

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    Jackson Walker Ranked Among Top 5 Texas Firms for Diversity

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    Jackson Walker Honored as a ‘Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity’

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    JW’s Austin Office Gets “A” Grade on Diversity Scorecard

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    JW Selected as One of Three Finalists for the 2012 Thomas L. Sager Award

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