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The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) has honored Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP with its Compass Award for “continued commitment to building more diverse organizations and a more inclusive profession,” according to the organization.
Nelson Mullins is among 44 organizations named as 2019 Compass Award winners. Managing Partner Jim Lehman in 2015 joined the LCLD, an organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners whose mission is to create a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Since then, the firm has selected five attorneys to participate in LCLD’s landmark yearlong Fellows Program to maximize the potential of diverse attorneys and develop networks of diverse colleagues.
Additionally, Nelson Mullins participates in the LCLD Pathfinders Program, designed to help younger diverse attorneys with personal and professional growth, and funds LCLD 1L Scholars, which provides opportunities for diverse first-year law students.
“LCLD is a great program working to increase the diversity in our profession,” Lehman said. “We participate at the maximum level with LCLD because we believe LCLD is making a difference.”
The firm has had an active Diversity and Inclusion Committee for more than a decade and has championed diversity through the creation of affinity groups and the appointment of two Diversity Partners charged with leading the effort to develop, mentor, retain, and promote diverse and female attorneys within practice groups. The firm encourages participation in the internal Diverse Attorney Affinity Group, the Women's Affinity Group, and the LGBTQ+ Affinity and Ally Group. The firm also has career-based internal initiatives such as the High Potentials Program, which provides high potential women attorneys with executive leadership, business development coaching, and senior level sponsors. Click here for more information on the firm’s diversity initiatives.
Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 800 attorneys and government relations professionals with offices in 11 states and Washington, D.C. Click here for more information on the firm.
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