Diversity and Inclusion

At Smith Gambrell Russell (SGR), 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 all people are valued for their perspectives, skills and talents, are treated respectfully, are able to communicate openly, and are encouraged to develop to their full potential as contributors to the success of the firm and the clients and communities we serve.

To formalize our commitment, in March 2006, SGR established a Diversity Council. The people 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 help guide firm policies and practices. We are committed to sponsoring attorney memberships and engagement with organizations in the communities we serve.

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Diversity Council Charter

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 Back-Up Care. 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

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