Lowenstein Sandler’s Commitment to Diversity|
Lowenstein Sandler’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is not the result of a trend, but a longstanding commitment that started with our founder, Alan Lowenstein, who was a social justice pioneer and community leader renowned for welcoming colleagues of all backgrounds and experiences. Our strategy has always been simple: we strive to hire the best people, at every level of the firm, who are reflective of our communities, in order to deliver the highest quality legal advice and strategic solutions to our clients. In the 1970s and early 80s, we were among the first significant law firms in the United States to promote to partner both an African-American male and a Hispanic female. We are proud of this early accomplishment and it has shaped all our diversity and inclusion efforts to this day.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee is led by our firm’s Chairman, and includes the Chair of our Operating Committee, our Chief Human Resources Officer and several senior partners. The Committee is focused on ensuring that we prioritize the recruitment and retention of a diverse team of colleagues. The Committee also coordinates the firm’s participation in organizations and events devoted to advancing issues important to attorneys and staff with different backgrounds and the diverse communities we serve.
Diversity and inclusion begins with recruiting, and one of the firm’s signature initiatives is our Lowenstein Sandler/Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Scholars Program. For over ten years, this program has identified promising diverse first-year law students who are offered both a paid summer associate position and a scholarship to be used toward their second year of tuition. If a Fellow returns to our firm for their 2L summer, they will also receive an additional scholarship for their third year of tuition. Starting with the summer of 2016, we have partnered with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to enroll our 1L Lowenstein Fellows in LCLD’s Scholars Program.
Our Women’s Initiative Network is active in all of our offices and organizes monthly programs for all female attorneys, providing internal networking and support, social events and business development skill- building opportunities. We are active members of Strides for Women in Business. Strides promotes visibility, leadership opportunities, and quality peer interaction for women in business.
Our LGBTQ Alliance, while recently formed, is a vibrant and important affinity group ensuring that our firm’s culture and environment remain open, respectful and inviting to all. For our Policies on Equal Employment Opportunity and Workplace Conduct, click here.
True to our core values, the Lowenstein Sandler LGBTQ Alliance builds on the diversity and spirit of inclusion organic to our firm from its inception. The Alliance promotes and supports a diverse workforce in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity. We strive to ensure an environment of equality both inside and outside of the firm and foster a culture where all members of the LGBTQ community connected with Lowenstein Sandler are welcomed, engaged and respected.
Our award-winning Lowenstein Sandler Center for the Public Interest connects our attorneys and staff with myriad communities, people and causes across the country. The firm’s culture and actions reflect our commitment to pro bono service.
The members of our Diversity Committee, along with our attorneys, are deeply committed to the communities in which we live. We support local programs including inner city high school annual mock trial and mock interview programs, active Board memberships, and annual visits to assist immigrants in applying for legal status. Our commitment and service to diverse groups reflects the Core Values that guide our firm each day.
For specific policies and programs, please see our diversity program highlights.
Additional organizations that Lowenstein Sandler supports include:
New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
Hispanic National Bar Association
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
STRIDES for Women
Rutgers University Minority Student Program
Over the years, we have been recognized for our commitment to diversity and inclusion by:
Hispanic National Bar Association
Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers
NJBIZ Best Places to Work
Minority Corporate Counsel Association