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Akerman LLP - Firmwide

Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity Chair

Diversity Chair Prefix Mr.
Diversity Chair First Name Michael
Diversity Chair Last Name Marsh

Diversity Contact Information

Diversity Contact Prefix Ms.
Diversity Contact First Name Danielle
Diversity Contact Last Name Shannon
Link to your organization's diversity website http://www.akerman.com/diversity/index.asp

Recruitment methods

Which of the following methods do you use to increase the presence and retention of under-represented groups? (Check all that apply) Diversity job fairs
Outreach to law student groups
Formal mentoring efforts
Recruit at schools with large minority populations
Bar-sponsored programs
Firm diversity committee
Comments We value a diverse firm community and are seriously committed to the hiring, development and retention of diverse lawyers. Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is chaired by Michael Marsh, an accomplished trial lawyer and partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. Other committee leaders include Palash Pandya, a partner in the firm's Corporate Practice Group and Michael B. Chavies, a former judge and partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. Our internal network groups were created to facilitate relationship-building among the firm's lawyers and provide a forum in which traditional and peer-mentoring opportunities can develop and flourish. The American Lawyer ranks us as a Top 50 Law Firm for Diversity, #6 for Hispanic Lawyers, and as a Top 20 U.S. Law Firm for Female Partners. Our firm is ranked among the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality", with a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (2016).
Non-discrimination policy Akerman LLP is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by law.

Diversity fellowships or scholarships

Does your organization or office sponsor/offer a Diversity Fellowship or Scholarship? Yes
If yes, is the program open to 1L
Please provide a brief description of the program Our firm participates in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's (LCLD) 1L Scholars Program.

Affinity group information

Does your organization or office have affinity groups? Yes
If yes, please describe your affinity groups below African American & Black Network; Asian, South Asian & Pacific Islander Network; Hispanic & Latino Network; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & Allies (LGBTA) Network; Women's Initiative Network (WIN)