At Elliott Greenleaf, we believe that to stand together as an effective firm, we must strive to retain the talents of a diverse group of professionals. Embracing the concept of diversity in structuring our hiring practices, in terms of gender, race, ethnicity or as to members of the LGBTQ community, only strengthens our roles as advocates. We endeavor to ensure that our hiring, retention, and promotion policies embody the core values of the Minority Corporate Counsel of America’s Best Practices for Law Firms. Our long-term perspective unites diversity initiatives with the firm’s business model emphasizing investment in all of our valued professionals. We have even partnered with our corporate clients to promote diversity and to create opportunities for qualified minority applicants through a diversity summer internship program, for the mutual benefit of our firm and our clients.
Our senior-level lawyers are representative of the firm’s efforts in this regard. The founder of our Wilmington, Delaware office, for example, is also the founding President of the Delaware Hispanic Bar Association, and the first Hispanic lawyer to lead the Delaware State Bar Association’s Multicultural Judges and Lawyers Section. Our ranks also include the first African American woman to lead the City of Philadelphia’s Office of the District Attorney in its lengthy history. She also holds the distinction of being the first African American woman to lead a District Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania.
Since 2015, Elliott Greenleaf has been a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”), which is made up of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners. The LCLD works to promote a more open and diverse legal profession. Its landmark Fellows Program was launched in 2011 and identifies high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds, setting them on the path to leadership of their organizations. Elliott Greenleaf has had five LCLD Fellows. Our LCLD Fellows are firm Shareholders, Practice Chairs, Managing Shareholders, and serve on our Board of Directors.
Elliott Greenleaf encourages participation in all community, professional, and civic activities that the lawyer finds personally enriching. The firm encourages any attorney to approach the firm leadership with proposals for recognition of diversity-related activities to advance the firm’s profile and develop the lawyer professionally.