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Inclusiveness@Work Nominee For Firm/Legal Department: Holland & Hart

One of Holland & Hart’s core values is their diverse work force. They recognize the strength of talent and breadth of perspective that come from a diverse work force, and are committed to maintaining and enhancing our multifaceted team.

Their Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee (DIVCOM), established 20 years ago, helps to foster a culture that values and celebrates the diversity of each individual.

In 2015, the firm adopted a separate Ethnic and LGBT Diversity Plan (D&I Plan) specifically addressing recruitment, retention, and promotion practices and goals to improve processes to track the firm’s demographics and work assignments/hours billed on key client matters by diverse attorneys.

The D&I Plan requires that every attorney hiring decision must include efforts to locate and interview at least one diverse candidate and they revamped their attorney interview questions to increase objectivity and minimize implicit biases using behavior-based questions. Interviewers receive training on the new approach and complete a feedback form after each interview.

DIVCOM formed new mentoring and retention subcommittees to augment their mentoring program and evaluate ways to better meet the needs of diverse attorneys; and formed a Staff subcommittee. This year, the firm held diversity training/educational sessions with multiple opportunities for all members of the firm in every office to attend lunch hour video viewing sessions: Facebook’s “Unconscious Bias” video; o Video of Verna Myers’ partnership retreat presentation followed by small group discussions about inclusiveness, led by office administrative partners. Both of these videos are now used in on-boarding sessions for all newly hired legal professionals.

Every member of the firm received an anonymous, confidential survey seeking input regarding the firm’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts. Firm management has analyzed the survey results and follow-up action plans are being developed.

Through the Colorado Pledge for Diversity they have hired one diverse 1L summer clerk for the past 16 years. In 2016, we hired three diverse 1L clerks, all of whom will return as 2Ls.

And, for the first time in 15 years the firm hosted a diversity and inclusion retreat last April, attended by almost all diverse attorneys and members MCOM, practice group leaders, and office administrative partners. At one session attendees had the opportunity to pose frank questions to management about the firm’s D&I efforts and practices.

The firm continues its efforts to “walk the walk” and truly embody the values we embrace.

Please join us at the Ball for All gala on Saturday, February 18th to learn the recipients of the Inclusiveness@Work awards. You may purchase your tickets online.