GOOD FOR US, GOOD FOR OUR CLIENTS

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

We recognize that the success of our minority and women attorneys is essential to the overall success of Jackson Walker. Our firm is committed to fostering and promoting diversity through awareness, action, and a culture in which all individuals are afforded the opportunity to excel. Our Diversity Committee, which comprises both attorneys and staff, directs our diversity-related goals and provides recommendations to ensure our entire practice promotes opportunity for all.

“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

2017 Highlights

50%

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

7th

For the 7th consecutive year, at least 50 percent of the firm’s new partners have been women and minorities. Between 2012-2014, Jackson Walker promoted more women to partnership than any other Texas firm.

30%

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 & Leadership

Our commitment to diversity is seen in the recognition that individual Jackson Walker attorneys and the Firm as a whole 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.

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 & Events

Jackson Walker participates in a variety of events centered around educating and mentoring first-year students, including: 

  • ABA Forum on Communications Law’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)

Jackson Walker also annually sponsors two national pre-law diversity conferences: the National Hispanic Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair and the National Black Pre-Law Conference & Law Fair.