Diversity is essential to our firm's continued success. It enables us to better understand and appreciate the complexity of our clients' experiences and points of view. We believe that diverse legal teams bring broader perspectives to problem-solving, resulting in better solutions for our clients.
Everyone at Bass, Berry & Sims shares the responsibility of building a workplace rich in diversity, reflecting our clients and the communities we serve. To lead this effort, we have established a Diversity Committee comprised of attorneys, including our managing partner and our hiring partners, with the authority and position to implement our diversity plan.
Our diversity plan commits us to:
- Maintain an active Diversity Committee that will work closely with our recruiting and development committees to ensure we actively recruit, mentor and retain a diverse professional workforce.
- Promote women and minority attorneys into membership.
- Increase the number of women and minority attorneys in leadership positions within our firm.
- Support the Women's Initiative, African-American Affinity Group, LGBT Affinity Group and other initiatives and events directed at firm diversity and inclusiveness.
Since 2010, Bass, Berry & Sims has been a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse legal profession. As part of the firm's membership, Bass, Berry & Sims has worked with LCLD to address "pipeline" issues that face the profession, encourage minorities and women to enter the law and supply programs to increase their likelihood of success in law school and beyond. To date, the firm has had three female members selected for the annual Fellows Program of the LCLD. The Fellows Program is an ambitious, highly structured mentoring program that is designed to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation's law firms and corporate legal departments. The firm also participates in LCLD's 1L Program which provides summer clerkship opportunities to minority applicants.