Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s Managing Partner Thomas T. Terp announced today that Taft partner Adrian D. Thompson has been selected as the firm’s first chief diversity officer.
“Taft places great importance on the collective strength derived from the differences and similarities of our legal team. Creating a diverse and inclusive work environment can only make us a better firm. Adrian is extremely respected within the legal community, and he will provide the strategic thinking necessary for continued and meaningful progress in this critical area,” said Terp.
Diversity and inclusion are key components of the firm’s strategic plan, which was adopted by the Taft partners in March 2015. The chief diversity officer position was created by the firm’s executive committee to further develop and implement programs and policies to recruit, support and retain a diverse, inclusive workplace. Additionally, Thompson will develop and foster diversity-focused partnerships with like-minded organizations in communities served by Taft.
“My expanded role demonstrates the importance that Taft places on diversity and inclusion. By embracing and celebrating diversity, we offer more creative solutions to our clients and more rewarding careers for our attorneys and staff. Different perspectives and life experiences make us stronger at all levels within Taft. We understand the importance of ensuring that our team reflects the diversity of the communities where we live and work,” said Thompson, who is based out of Taft’s office in Cleveland, Ohio.
Thompson is also a member of Taft’s diversity committee, which consists of 14 individuals from many areas of the firm including partners, associates and staff. The diversity committee will play an important role in supporting Thompson and helping him to accomplish key aspects of the firm’s strategic plan.
“Individual differences are valued at Taft, and we recognize that these differences help us excel in accomplishing both our daily work and long-term goals. Every aspect of our environment should contribute to creating an inclusive culture,” Thompson continued.
Key responsibilities of the chief diversity officer include:
- Serve as a resource, mentor, and advisor to Taft leaders and diverse attorneys and staff members.
- Identify best practices regarding diversity and inclusion in the profession and implement those practices at Taft.
- Articulate, promote, and reinforce the Taft business case for diversity.
- Identify and lead diversity initiatives in Taft offices and the communities that the firm serves.
- Advise, educate and support Taft’s attorneys and staff regarding diversity and inclusion.
Thompson will continue practicing law in additional to his responsibilities as the firm’s chief diversity officer.