The clients and communities our firm serves all have unique backgrounds and needs. To that end, we strive to field a highly-skilled, diverse team of legal professionals able to empathize, understand, and solve the issues they face. Our deep commitment to diversity takes many forms:
Outreach: We actively seek out and encourage diverse candidates for lateral hiring and the Summer Associate Program with the firm. This includes working directly with law school affinity groups and taking a leadership role in the Atlanta Bar’s Minority and Diversity Clerkship Program, as well as interfacing with other leaders of the diverse legal associations in which the firm’s attorneys are active.
Leadership: As a key member of the Steering Committee for the State Bar of Georgia Diversity Program, our firm helps guide diversity initiatives at the Bar. We also work directly with the program’s High School Pipeline Program to help students from traditionally unrepresented minority and socioeconomic groups prepare for college and law school. Similarly, we encourage our lawyers and professional staff to participate in and lead legal organizations that share our outlook on the importance of diversity and inclusion. Parker Hudson lawyers and professional staff represent the firm in many such organizations, including the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Iranian Bar Association, the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, the National Association of Muslim Lawyers, the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia and the Stonewall Bar Association.
Firm Culture: The firm has had a dedicated diversity committee – comprised of partners, associates, and professional staff – for over a decade. We live inclusiveness every day in our offices, where we actively work to foster an atmosphere that values and respects our differences and encourages authenticity. We regularly provide our attorneys and staff with diversity and inclusion training, covering topics such as implicit bias, generational diversity, how to effectively receive and give feedback, Muslim Americans in the workplace, gender identity, and integrating work and personal life. We also regularly host discussions regarding many diversity and inclusion topics and we attend and host community diversity programs. In addition, we have a women attorneys' affinity group that has offered training on a number of professional development topics, including business development and personal branding.