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As a part of the 2003 Strategic Plan, the firm created a Diversity Committee to develop and implement a written Diversity Action Plan and to advise the firm on all issues impacting law firm diversity. The committee is co-chaired by Anne E. Gorham, Demetrius O. Holloway, and Alexandra MacKay.
The Action Plan was rolled out firm-wide in October 2004 and addresses five key areas:
The goal of the plan is to create policies and programs that will result in the recruitment, hiring, development, promotion and retention of personnel with richly diverse backgrounds, talents, and perspectives.
Stites & Harbison's increased focus on diversity brought immediate results through our summer associate and entry-level hiring. The firm began attending and participating in minority job fairs during the 2003 recruiting season and has incorporated three minority job fairs into its standard recruiting processes. Additionally, the publishers of MultiCultural Law magazine recognized the firm as a Top 25 Law Firm for African Americans and a Top 50 Law Firm for Associates in 2006. In 2005 and 2008, the magazine recognized the firm as a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity. Click here for recent hiring statistics and results of our diversity efforts for our summer associate and entry-level hiring.
Also in early 2003, the firm's women attorneys established the S.W.I.F.T. (Stites Women Investing in our Future Together) initiative to enhance mentoring, support, and networking opportunities for women in the firm. SWIFT typically meets four times per year (twice by video-conference and twice in person) to address topics selected by the women attorneys. The SWIFT in-person events are held in January and June and hosted in our various city locations on a rotating basis.
To date, topics and programs have included effective communication and networking, business etiquette, and planning for success. Most recently in June 2010, SWIFT met at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville to discuss the "Rules of the Game: Success Strategies for Women Attorneys." Jane Pigott, Managing Director of R3 Group, LLC, gave an interactive presentation on women becoming leaders in law firms.
Past SWIFT Events include:
Here are some other ways in which Stites & Harbison supports diversity in our communities and the legal profession: