At Taft, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture of individuals from diverse backgrounds. This commitment allows us to fulfill our primary mission—serving our clients to the highest standards of professional excellence. But a diverse culture benefits our professionals as well: it fosters teamwork and opportunities for professional growth and personal satisfaction.
Taft gives fair and equal treatment to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race, gender, color, ancestry, religion or creed, age, national origin, disability, marital or civil union status, familial status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. More than that, Taft actively seeks to hire and promote diverse, talented professionals.
The following examples highlight Taft’s efforts to foster diversity in the firm:
- Recruitment. Taft participates in and sponsors internships and clerkships that provide substantive legal experience to women, people of color and individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Taft actively recruits these individuals by working collaboratively with student organizations and attending job fairs, conferences and workshops.
- Retention. Retention of our attorneys and staff is a key element of the firm’s long-term success. We nurture well-rounded professionals from a variety of backgrounds through mentoring, training and professional development programs. Beyond just retaining valued members of our team, we seek to provide them with the skills to enable them to continue to grow as professionals.
- Work and life balance. Taft recognizes that a healthy balance between a professional's work and private life is essential to lasting success, for both the individual and the firm. Taft offers alternative work-scheduling programs, remote access, flexible hours and countless opportunities for meaningful community involvement both within and outside of Taft.
- Promotion and leadership. Taft is proud that 60% of its new partners in the last four years are women. Diverse professionals also are involved in firm leadership and actively participate in recruiting and mentoring.
These examples provide a clear perspective on Taft’s commitment to its diversity mission. And while Taft has made great strides in improving its diversity, we constantly strive to find new and better ways to promote diversity as a meaningful part of the way we do business.
Chairman of the Executive Committee and Managing Partner
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP