Squire Patton Boggs
Headquarters: Cleveland, OH
Business: Legal Services
CEO: Mark J. Ruehlmann
FIVE DIVERSITY COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Share Their D&I Views
“Encouraging and maintaining an inclusive mix of legal professionals and staff is critical to business success, regardless of industry. And, as a global enterprise, we welcome every opportunity to include a wide variety of cultures to provide our clients with services more reflective of their own core values. By incorporating a diverse mix of people, views, and approaches, we ensure a bright, successful future for our firm and the clients we serve.”
– Frederick R. Nance (Global Managing Partner–U.S.), Alethia Nancoo (Partner), Traci Rollins (Florida Regional Managing Partner), Margie Tannock (Partner–AU), Alison Treliving (Partner–UK)
The Evolving D&I Role
“Recently, we have shifted our focus to retention, offering mentoring, a variety of learning and development courses, on-the-job training, and assorted resource groups. We also support our lawyers’ involvement in diversity-related organizations (diverse bar association memberships and leadership roles in organizations that serve underrepresented groups) that support their success.
“As a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Squire Patton Boggs sponsors lawyers in LCLD programs that provide tools, networking opportunities, and practical motivation for diverse lawyers to become successful firm leaders. We also participate in the LCLD Pathfinder Program, and sponsor the 1L LCLD Scholars Program. In 2017, we nominated three of our 1L summer associates for this program.”
Our 2017 Achievements
“We helped SAGE, the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults, achieve a major victory, when it convinced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living to reverse its decision to stop collecting data regarding the extent to which programs funded under the Older Americans Act (such as Meal on Wheels) are adequately serving LGBT adults.
“The firm also hosted events in our Washington DC office in support of the National Committee for Transgender Equality and OutRight. Several firm lawyers participate in Q Street, an organization of LGBT lobbyists and public policy professionals, one partner serves on the Board of the National LGBT Task Force, and one associate is on the Board of the Capital Area LGBT Bar Association.”
Our Plans for 2018
“For 2018, some of the Diversity Committee’s goals include increasing the hiring, retention, development, and promotion of diverse lawyers and staff; and providing mentoring, professional development, and leadership opportunities for diverse members of the firm. We also plan to expand the firm’s community involvement and partnerships, and improve our communication methods in order to reach a greater number of diverse candidates.”