Diversity: Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

 



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Diversity at Liskow & Lewis
A Professional Law Corporation


Liskow & Lewis, A Professional Law Corporation is committed to enhancing the racial, cultural and gender diversity within our firm and our profession. We believe that diversity makes us a stronger and more capable organization and that it enables us to better serve our clients in all practice areas.

We commit to investing the time and resources necessary to hire, mentor and retain lawyers of diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity efforts must not end with recruitment. Members of our firm actively participate in several national and local organizations that promote diversity within our profession, including the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, National Bar Association, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Louisiana Bar Association's Minority Involvement and Diversity Sections.

Our recruiting committee actively seeks students and attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Through our firm's mentoring program and other diversity initiatives, we strive to assist our associates in developing skills that will help them grow professionally and rise to the highest levels of not only our firm but within our communities.

Liskow & Lewis supports an active diversity committee, chaired by Brian Jackson, a shareholder in our New Orleans office. The committee consists of shareholders and associates from each of our offices and devotes its time and energy to the professional growth of minority attorneys as well as the growth of a diverse client base. We have also recently created a new position of Minority Recruitment and Retention Partner so as to coordinate our ongoing efforts to seek out the best minority attorneys for possible positions within our firm, while insuring that those lawyers receive the appropriate professional mentoring and training as they develop their practice. The position is currently occupied by Todd Wallace, a new shareholder in our New Orleans office.

However, today's diversity initiatives are only the beginning at Liskow & Lewis. We continue to explore new and more effective methods to recruit, hire and retain talented attorneys and staff members with diverse backgrounds. These continuing efforts are an integral part of our mission to provide superior client services.

Recruiting:

Liskow & Lewis regularly recruits top graduates from leading law schools in Louisiana, Texas and across the country, including those students who share our commitment to continuing the development of a diverse firm culture.

To accomplish this goal, we regularly participate in the LSBA Minority Job Fair and the Tulane Diversity Clerkship Program for summer associate positions. The firm annually sponsors Southern University's Law Review Induction Ceremony and Awards Banquet. In 2007, Liskow & Lewis is proud to once again sponsor the student breakfast for the Sunbelt Minority Job Fair in Dallas, Texas, one of the nation's largest minority-oriented recruitment programs.

Early year, Liskow & Lewis hosts receptions in its various offices for minority law students from local law schools. Working through the local BLSA, HLSA and APLSA student associations, these receptions provide unique opportunities for our attorneys to demonstrate our commitment to minority law students and diversity within the profession at the earliest phase of their careers.

Professional Development:

While identifying and recruiting successful minority students and lawyers is critical to our diversity efforts, Liskow & Lewis believes that mentoring and assisting our young attorneys in their professional development is equally important.

Our Associate Training Committee meets monthly with associates to tackle various topics ranging from practical training to client development. The firm's Mentoring Program provides each young lawyer with additional guidance on how to meet the demands of their profession. Realizing that women attorneys and minorities may face unique challenges during their careers, the Diversity Committee and the Women's Practice Development Group ensures that those lawyers receive the advice and assistance necessary to meet their professional development needs as well as those of their clients.

Through its attendance at such events as the annual American Conference Institute's Law Firm Diversity Forum and the DRI's Diversity for Success Seminar, Liskow & Lewis continues its commitment to identify and learn new methods of assisting our young lawyers.

Leadership:

Liskow & Lewis' commitment to retaining and fostering the development of a talented and diverse group of lawyers is reflected in its promotion of minority and women attorneys to leadership positions within the firm as well as its active involvement in organizations who share this firm's commitment to diversity. For example:

Marilyn Maloney serves as the Managing Partner of the Houston office and as a member of the firm's Board of Directors.

Brian Jackson chairs the firm's Diversity Committee.

Cheryl Kornick heads the firm's Technology Committee and is a former member of the governing Board of Directors.

Tommy Diaz chairs the firm's Recruiting and Hiring Committee.

Jana Grauberger chairs the Recruiting and Hiring Committee for the Houston office.

Liskow & Lewis is a signatory to the Houston Bar Gender Initiative Commitment Statement.

Todd Wallace and Dana Douglas are currently working with members of the Louisiana Supreme Court and other leaders in the legal profession to develop a similar minority initiative program in the New Orleans area.

Mr. Jackson serves as the Director of the Ruby Bridges Foundation and has served on several national diversity-related groups, including the United States Vice President's Inter-Agency Commission on Diversity. Mr. Jackson also is the recipient of the Attorney General's Award for Equal Employment Opportunity.

Ms. Maloney is president of the Louisiana State Law Institute. She has provided pro bono counsel for organizations including the Ulster Project, New Orleans and the Economics Institute of Loyola Law School of New Orleans.

Ms. Grauberger has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Women's Energy Network of Houston.

Ms. Douglas will serve as the 2006-2007 Chair of the New Orleans Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section, whose primary goals include fundraising to provide legal assistance to the poor and underprivileged in the New Orleans area and increasing minority participation within the local bar association. Ms. Douglas is also a former chair of the Minority Involvement Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

In 2005, Mr. Jackson and Ms. Douglas were featured in the New Orleans City Business 10th Anniversary Edition of Success Guide, an annual recognition of local minorities who are making a difference in our community.

Endya Delpit was featured as the keynote speaker at the 2006 Southern University Law Review Induction Ceremony.

Diversity Contacts:

For additional information on the continuing efforts of Liskow & Lewis to enhance the racial, cultural and gender diversity within our firm and our profession, please contact:

Mr. Brian Jackson, Chair of Diversity Committee, bjackson@liskow.com.

Mr. Todd Wallace, Minority Recruiting and Retention Partner, ktwallace@liskow.com.