At King & Spalding, we recognize that diversity is more than just a buzz word; it is an integral part of our culture. We believe that the diversity of our firm significantly enhances our ability to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients. We strive to create a collaborative environment that benefits from the sharing of experiences, ideas and unique qualities that each of our lawyers brings to the firm.
The best talent is diverse in many ways, including gender, race, sexual orientation and national origin. King & Spalding is committed to attracting, retaining and promoting diversity throughout the firm.
- For the second time, King & Spalding received a Law Firm Diversity Recognition Award from Chevron Corporation for its commitment to promoting diversity in the legal field. King & Spalding previously received Chevron’s diversity award in 2007.
- For the second year in a row, King & Spalding was recognized by client Boehringer Ingelheim for achieving the highest diversity score among all the company’s preferred-provider law firms.
- King & Spalding has been highlighted in Multicultural Law magazine’s list of the top 100 law firms for diversity since 2005. The firm is ranked as a top law firm for women and a top law firm for African-Americans. We are proud of this and the many honors we have received in recognition of our ongoing diversity efforts.
Of course, we recognize that diversity and inclusion are about more than numbers. Because diversity is one of the firm's core values, it is supported by a standing committee that leads the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts.
- The Diversity Committee includes partners, counsel and associates from across the firm and the members represent differences in ethnicity, race, gender, lifestyles, backgrounds and viewpoints.
- The Committee works closely with our Recruiting and Professional Development departments to ensure that we are attracting and retaining a broad pool of minority and women attorneys.
- Each partner in the firm has committed to spend a minimum of 15 hours working on diversity and inclusion efforts. Last year, our partners devoted more than 3000 hours to diversity efforts. This is in addition to the time spent on associate professional development activities.
Among many programs and initiatives, the Diversity Committee sponsors the firm's Minority Retreat, which focuses on providing a diverse workplace in which all attorneys can grow and succeed. The retreat typically includes workshops on mentoring, law firm economics, creating a professional development plan and personal development.