FIRM - DIVERSITY

 

Diversity
 

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

 

 

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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.

Program Objectives

- 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.