For years, King & Spalding lawyers have been involved in community and professional organizations and have participated in efforts and programs aimed at increasing diversity within their communities. Many of our lawyers held, or currently hold, leadership positions or significant roles in community groups and local bar associations. The following examples highlight our commitment to diversity within the legal community.
Leadership in the Legal Community
- King & Spalding is a charter member of, and provides ongoing legal support to, the Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium, an Atlanta non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. Sam Matchett, Chairman of the firm’s Diversity Committee, was the President.
- Partner Harold Franklin is a past President of the Gate City Bar Association, Georgia’s oldest and largest historically African-American bar association.
- Dawn Jones initiated and planned the Annual Georgia Black Law Students Retreat, co-sponsored by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Gate City Bar Association, now in its sixth year of programming. In 2012, the retreat was hosted at King & Spalding’s Atlanta office and was attended by over 70 law students from the five law schools in Georgia.
- Partner Harold Franklin is the founder and chair of the Gate City Justice Benham Law Camp, a comprehensive “pipeline” program designed to foster and increase diversity in the legal profession by exposing local high school students to the study of the law and career opportunities in the legal profession. The program, currently in its eighth year, has provided over 175 deserving students with extensive exposure to the legal profession. The program, created in 2007, continues to garner accolades in Georgia and beyond and was emulated by the State Bar of Georgia, which created a similar program in 2008.
- Sam Matchett was the past president of the Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium, which, through its STAR Lawyer Training Programs, offers classes in success skills and habits to lawyers, recent law-school graduates, law students and pre-law students.
Activities and Support for Law Students
- King & Spalding has established a national diversity fellowship program for law students as part of its ongoing efforts to increase ethnic and cultural diversity in the firm and the legal profession. The King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship Program awards fellowships to up to four qualified second-year students who show promise of contributing meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community. Each recipient receives a $10,000 stipend and a summer associate clerkship at one of King & Spalding's four offices in the United States the summer following the completion of his or her second year of law school. The Program is available to students with an ethnically or culturally diverse background.
- The firm has pledged $40,000 over three years to sponsor the Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program.
- The firm participates in job fairs throughout the United States including the Southeastern Minority Job Fair, Lavender Law, Northeastern BLSA Job Fair, and the Sunbelt Minority Program.