SGR is actively committed to diversity in recruiting, retention and advancement of all professionals and support staff.
At Smith, Gambrell & Russell, we recognize that attracting the widest array of talent enhances our ability to serve our clients and our communities. We are dedicated to providing a work environment where each person is valued for his or her perspectives, skills and talents, is treated respectfully, is able to communicate openly and is encouraged to develop his or her full potential as a contributor to the success of the firm and the communities we serve.
Among the principles that guide SGR’s approach to diversity management is our recognition that diversity management is simply the right thing to do. Diversity not only enhances our work environment, but also gives us a competitive edge.
To formalize our commitment, in March 2006, SGR established a Diversity Council. Twelve attorneys and members of staff represent each U.S. office. The women and men on the Council represent a variety of cultures, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. The Council meets regularly, both as a group and with firm management, to manage the diversity respecting firm members, policies and practices.
SGR seeks recruitment at a variety of law schools across the world, including those who primarily enroll minorities. We are participants in the Southeastern Minority Job Fair and the Minority Clerkship Program, sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association. We also sponsor events on behalf of local and regional minority student bar associations of regional law schools. But recruitment is just the first step. Once students become part of our team, we provide educational programs for their advancement through mentoring with valuable on-the-job training. We foster an environment where all of our lawyers can equally flourish and build a successful career within SGR.
The firm’s commitment to diversity includes its offering of domestic-partner benefits, the option of a non-partnership career track and the firm’s commitment to the Bright Horizons Day Care Center. SGR financially supports and sponsors attorney membership in organizations such as the Georgia Association of Black Women, the Gate City Bar Association, Atlanta Women In Business, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign and the Stonewall Bar Association.
For more information, contact Julie Sebastian, Diversity Partner, at 404-815-3717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.