Anderson Kill is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to employing a diverse workforce of attorneys, professionals, and staff members without regard to gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, marital and parental status or physical disabilities. We encourage diversity both at the firm and in the legal profession.
Our commitment to diversity is not only a statement, but is also reflected in our actions. With overwhelming and unanimous support from all shareholders and Executive Committee members, Anderson Kill established a Diversity Committee comprised of a broad representation of the firm. The mission of the Diversity Committee is to continue to promote the core values of diversity among its employees by fostering cooperation and individual respect for all.
The Diversity Committee advises management and takes action on a range of diversity issues including, but not limited to recruitment, retention and promotion. We have established recruitment protocols that significantly increase opportunities to meet and employ qualified attorneys from diverse backgrounds. . In addition, once through the door, we strive to remove any barrier to success with programs focused on diversity training, retention, promotion and leadership.
Anderson Kill is a diverse work place that takes pride in its “work-life” ethic. Our goal is to continue to employ, mentor, nurture and promote qualified attorneys from diverse backgrounds who are committed to providing outstanding legal services for our clients.
Outside the firm, our attorneys are active participants in professional organizations that foster networking and interaction among members of affinity groups, including:
- New York Women’s Bar Association
- Financial Women’s Association
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- Construction Real Estate Women of New York
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Metropolitan Black Bar Association
- Long Island Hispanic Bar Association
- Association of Black Women Attorneys
- Temple Law Alumni Women’s Leadership Initiative
- Pennsylvania Bar Associations Commission on Women in the Profession
- Dominican Bar Association
The Gene Anderson Diversity Clerkship
Anderson Kill is committed to encouraging diversity both at the firm and in the legal profession. Anderson Kill fosters a welcoming environment for attorneys, professionals, and staff members without regard to gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, marital and parental status or physical disabilities.
To further this mission, Anderson Kill has established the Gene Anderson Diversity Clerkship. This clerkship provides a placement for a second year law student to receive support and mentoring across the Firm’s practice areas and to provide the foundation for their future career in the law.
The clerkship is named for Gene Anderson the firm’s founder and an advocate for diversity and for insisting recruitment and progression within the firm should be based on skill, aptitude and merit alone. When Gene opened the firm in 1969 he vowed to “do things differently” a creed encapsulated in his “Twelve Principles.” Gene was a visionary around law firm leadership and management and this clerkship was created to both honor him and continue his work in creating an inclusive firm.
- To encourage and support diverse law students to continue their studies and transition to practicing law.
- To foster relationships between Anderson Kill attorneys and diverse law students.
- To provide students with a foundation in various aspects of the practice of law.
- To establish a support system for diverse students who are pursuing a career in law.
Learning the Law: Anderson Kill Student Law Clerk James Goodridge
This spring Anderson Kill awarded its first annual Gene Anderson Clerkship to James Goodridge, a student at St. John's University School of Law. The clerkship provides a placement for a second-year law student to receive support and mentoring across the firm's practice areas and to build the foundation for the student's career in law.
As a student at St. John's Law, James is a recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, an incoming Articles and Notes Editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, a staff member on the Moot Court Honor Society, and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion.
James's work at Anderson Kill, which consists mainly of helping to build cases by finding relevant court decisions, is not his first real-world legal work experience. He has served as a legal extern to the Honorable Stewart D. Aaron, USDC in the Southern District of New York, and as a judicial intern to the Honorable Leonard Livote, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division.
James has also engaged deeply in community service, particularly teaching and mentoring high school and incoming college students. He has served as a teaching assistant to a program preparing undergraduate men of color for law school, and as a student teacher in legal programs at schools in Flushing, New York and Harlem, New York. As a NCAA Division II soccer player at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, James was a volunteer at the Winter Special Olympics hosted there, helping to set up snow-shoeing events and engaging with team members.
I spoke to James about his experience so far at Anderson Kill, his legal work experience and community service, and his goals.
What kind of work are you doing at Anderson Kill?
James: I've worked with about ten different attorneys and partners so far covering various commercial or insurance related matters -- mostly doing research, as well as preparing declarations, as well as a bit of drafting.
What's been your most satisfying experience so far?
James: In the research assignments, it always feels good when I find something that's going to be helpful in supporting an argument or building a case. I learn a decent amount every time I do the research, too. In terms of subject matter, just about everything I'm doing here is new to me, and I’ve found that extremely rewarding.
How is Anderson Kill as a workplace? Do you feel comfortable there?
James: Everyone has been so welcoming. I've been taken out to lunch on multiple occasions. It's a hard-working collegial atmosphere -- people are always talking together, helping each other out, seeking advice, or just popping by to say hi. I really feel like part of a team.
Let's step back a bit -- what made you choose law as a career?
James: It was the logical choice when I decided to major in political science. That's when I first started talking about the law -- how it interacted with politics. I took some legal studies courses, they piqued my interest, and I knew law would be the next step for me. Plus, my Mom always told me to be a lawyer!
You've done a lot of community service over the years. Which experience did you find most gratifying?
James: The Ronald Brown law school prep program for college students was an intensive summer program that brought in students of color from around the country. The program has different requirements and curricula depending on a student’s year, but the group I worked with was an all-male cohort of sophomores. We spent about three weeks together going over basic critical reading and writing skills, and also covering a bit of tort law. Everyone came in nervous and not knowing each other -- and then, three weeks later, they were all almost best friends and they had learned a lot about the law and critical thinking. Seeing that bond develop was very gratifying.
At the Harlem Children's Zone, I worked with members of the St. John’s Black Law Students Association to give the students a brief introduction to law and legal analysis. We covered copyright basics, and focused on the Marvin Gaye-Robin Thicke dispute [in which the 9th Circuit ruled that Thicke's 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines" infringed on the copyright of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give it Up."] There was a real debate: some kids were unconvinced at first of any similarity, but by the second time we played both songs, everyone heard the similarities. It was great to see kids, around 14, 15 years old, already getting interested in the law.
Where do you see yourself focusing when you finish law school?
James: Probably in civil or commercial litigation. I'm interested in labor and employment law, among other things. And...insurance recovery.