2007 Report and Recommendations of the Diversity Committee

    4 August 2008

    This memorandum sets forth the Diversity Committee’s report on its 2007 activities, an assessment of our progress and what remains to be accomplished, and our recommendations for 2008.

    We believe the firm has indeed made progress throughout the past year. We are recruiting at more diverse law schools and we are developing close relationships with the administrations and diverse student organizations of our cities’ law schools. The increased diversity of our 2007 summer class provides tangible evidence that these efforts have been effective.

    The Diversity Committee either led or participated in a number of programs designed to foster the professional development of diverse attorneys. These programs included individualized business development coaching for women partners and of counsel, and an “outreach” program focused on mid-level diverse and women attorneys.

    The firm increased both internal and external communications regarding its diversity programs. The web site now includes a diversity page. We participated in a number of new outside sponsorships and programs, and our efforts were featured in the July 2007 MultiCultural Law magazine. Working Mother magazine recently recognized us as one of the nation’s best law firms for women, Vault ranked us number six nationally for women attorneys, and the Dallas office was named within the top five Dallas firms for diversity in 2007. An issue of the firm’s publication Capital Thinking will be devoted to diversity issues in 2008.

    In addition to continuing these programs, the Committee’s focus in 2008 will be on institutionalizing the firm’s commitment to diversity through the creation of new positions, procedures, and mechanisms both to measure contributions to diversity initiatives and reward them. The following summarizes our 2007 programs, and our proposals for 2008.

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