Diversity, Equality & Inclusion
At Eckert Seamans, diversity, equality, and inclusion are critically important. We believe our firm should reflect the diverse world we live in and serve. We believe that providing opportunities for every individual to thrive creates an environment where we are all engaged and feel valued. We believe diversity and inclusion promote creativity and creativity will be the cornerstone of our firm’s future success as we strive to find new and creative solutions for our clients.
Eckert Seamans is committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all ethnicities, genders, religions, and sexual orientations. In an inclusive workplace like Eckert Seamans, productivity and client satisfaction are at their peak when the talents and skills of different groups are valued. A diverse workforce provides a better understanding of the communities and business environments in which we live and serve while making our firm a better place to work. We understand that promoting diversity within our firm requires proactive attention and focus. We regularly evaluate our policies and practices to strengthen those that promote inclusiveness. We work to establish “best practices” in the area of diversity just as we do in all areas of our business.
As part of our efforts, the firm has established a Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee, which includes attorneys from different offices and practice groups. The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee works closely with the firm’s recruiting, associates, and executive committees, and is charged with advancing the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse lawyers at Eckert Seamans as well as the development and implementation of policies that advance diversity at all levels of the firm. Our culture of respect, support, and collaboration creates an environment where all of our lawyers are encouraged to find opportunities to grow and excel. Eckert Seamans recognizes that attorneys from diverse backgrounds and experiences are important stakeholders in the firm and that our service to our clients and the communities in which we live and work are improved by the retention and promotion of attorneys who reflect the diversity of these communities. We also understand that a diverse team of lawyers enables us to serve our clients with the benefit of a broad range of experiences and perspectives. The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee also focuses efforts on the successful retention and continued professional development of all of our lawyers. The Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee is actively involved in these firm initiatives by ensuring appropriate mentoring and training of all of our attorneys as well as the integration of our diverse lawyers into client relationships, pro bono experiences, community involvements, and positions of leadership within the firm. The firm’s Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee also works closely with the senior management of the firm to support and promote the interests of our diverse lawyers.
Additionally, many of our attorneys pursue leadership roles outside of the firm in a number of organizations and committees that support diversity and inclusion in the community and legal profession. Representative organizations include the Tri-State Diversity Council; Philadelphia Diversity Law Group; Women’s Bar Association (of Massachusetts); Allegheny County Bar Association Diversity Collaborative Committee; Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition; the Delaware State Bar Association LGBT Section; and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee and Commission on Women in the Profession, among many others.
Eckert Seamans shares a commitment and responsibility with the legal community to ensure that our workforce is developed as early, and with as much support, as possible. We are engaged in several diversity pipeline initiatives for students at various stages of their academic careers, encouraging them to consider law as a career and to turn goals into real opportunities, such as the Capital Area Managing Partners diversity initiative (CAMP), sponsored by the Dauphin County Bar Association. Since the program’s inception in 2004, every summer the Harrisburg office has funded an eight-week internship for a minority law student from an area law school. The firm also provides mentoring opportunities for much younger students, through initiatives like the Philadelphia Reads Power Partners program and Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh. Once a week during lunchtime throughout the school year, attorneys and staff in the firm’s Philadelphia and Pittsburgh office’s provide one-on-one literacy coaching to elementary school students. These reading programs provide a creative blend of literacy enrichment, mentoring, and career education.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Eckert Seamans’ Chief Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Officer, Christopher L. Bennett.