Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's strategy to pursuing diversity and inclusiveness begins with a Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee that ensures our efforts in this area are broad and effective.
We believe that the unique backgrounds, life experiences and world views of our attorneys and staff make us a better and more competitive firm in today’s marketplace. We recruit people from varied backgrounds, races, genders, religions, sexual orientations and national origins, both as a matter of business and because we believe in advancing diversity and inclusiveness in the legal community.
Our Gender Diversity Task Force is committed to identifying ways to enhance the diversity of our firm at all levels and across all offices. The Task Force led the charge in Brownstein’s commitment to and success in achieving Mansfield Rule Certification in 2018. The certification recognizes our commitment to leading the charge toward greater diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. The Mansfield Rule measures whether participating law firms and corporate legal departments have affirmatively considered women and attorneys of color—at least 30 percent of the candidate pool—for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions and lateral positions. We have furthered our commitment to diversity by signing on to pilot the Mansfield Rule 2.0 in 2019, which will include LGBTQ+ lawyers in addition to women and attorneys of color. Created by the Diversity Lab, the Mansfield Program is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the United States.
As an example, our firm offers a Women’s Leadership Initiative, a firmwide program that seeks to develop women attorneys and policy professionals within the firm into leaders in their respective practice groups by means of mentoring circles, presentations and the firm’s biennial Leadership Forum for Women.
We also participate in the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program, in which we invite a first-year law student from a diverse background to participate in our summer associate program. We participate in a similar program in Nevada, where we invite a second-year law student from a diverse background to work in our office.
As a firm, we also support local and national efforts. We are a proud partner of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI), a nonprofit organization that seeks to transform the entire profession by supporting private and public legal organizations in their efforts at inclusiveness. This campaign provides concrete how-to guides for organizations in addition to a safe forum in which law firms and corporate legal departments can brainstorm together about how to create an inclusive firm culture. As a member of CLI, we have honest conversations about what is working and what isn’t and address the tough issues with other member firms.
Our efforts in diversity and inclusiveness have been recognized locally and nationally. The American Lawyer recently released its Am Law 200 rankings and within its rankings, the publication ranked law firms by percentage of female equity partners. Brownstein ranked No. 8 in the country due to the fact that women make up 25 percent of our firm’s equity shareholders. In 2016, Brownstein was ranked No. 28 on the National Law Journal’s Women in Law Scorecard, and Law360 ranked Brownstein in the top 50 of the 100 Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys based on the firm's female representation at the partner and non-partner levels and its total number of female attorneys.
Brownstein was ranked No. 50 on the list of Top 100 Law Firms for Women and No. 11 on the list of Top 25 Law Firms for Native Americans in 2011. And in both 2011 and 2010, the firm was ranked in the MultiCultural Law Magazine’s Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity.
In 2010, Brownstein received the Qwest Diversity Leadership Award, presented annually by the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado Bar and Denver Bar associations, and in 2008, we were selected as Qwest’s Spirit of Diversity Partner for the firm’s efforts in creating a diverse workforce. Brownstein was also ranked No. 132 on the Minority Law Journal’s 2009 Diversity Scorecard, and No. 13 in The American Lawyer’s first Women in Law Firms study in 2009.