As Jackson Walker strives to become more diverse and inclusive, organizations throughout Texas and the nation have recognized the efforts of both the Firm and our attorneys.
From increasing the number of minority attorneys to participating in efforts to promote inclusion throughout the Firm and beyond, we are proud of the work we have done and the recognition we have received for our efforts.
Reviewing Our Accomplishments
Austin 'A' Grade in Diversity
For the sixth year in a row, our Austin office was honored with an ‘A’ grade in the Law Firm Diversity Report Card, which aggregates data on the hire, retention, and promotion of racial and ethnic minorities and women at the 29 largest firms in the city.
Grades are determined by the Diversity Report Card Committee, comprising the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, the Austin Black Lawyers Association, the Austin Asian American Bar Association, the South Asian Bar Association of Austin, the Austin LGBT Bar Association, and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association.
Top 25 in Corporate Equality Index
In the Human Rights Campaign's 2018 Corporate Equality Index, Jackson Walker scored among Dallas-Fort Worth's top 25 employers in terms of hiring a diverse workforce and including specific nondiscrimination provisions for LGBTQ employees in HR policies. Our firm also ranked among the top seven law firms with headquarters in Texas.
Meet Alicia & Scott
As attorneys who have focused their practices on employment law matters, Austin partner Alicia Duleba and Dallas partner Scott McElhaney bring unique perspectives to their work on the Diversity Committee that enable them to push toward future advances for Jackson Walker.
"We continue to make progress in our diversity and inclusion efforts, but there is more to be done. I'm proud to be a part of a Committee that is always looking forward to our next goals." – Alicia
The recognition we've received as a Firm is well-deserved, but we want to continue to set the standard for law firms in Texas and beyond. We can't let up in our efforts." – Scott
Alicia Duleba | Partner, Austin
Diversity Committee Member
Scott McElhaney | Partner, Dallas
Diversity Committee Member
With support from Jackson Walker, Diveristy Committee member and Austin partner Chris Mugica volunteers his time to help provide opportunities for others. In addition to his role mentoring young attorneys at the Firm, Chris holds leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council, the Texas Minority Counsel Program of the State Bar of Texas, the Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and the Young Men’s Business League.
Dallas partner and Diversity Committee member Brad Nitschke views the practice of law as a service profession, and he continues his service and advocacy outside the Firm through leadership in several community organizations. Brad is on the Board of Presbyterian Communities and Services, the Dallas Housing Finance Corporation, and has served on the Board of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, for which he chaired its Dallas Domestic Violence Legal Help Center.