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 is leading the charge in our current commitment to achieve Mansfield Rule Certification by June 2018. 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. We join more than 40 law firms and corporate legal departments piloting the new Mansfield Rule—ensuring that at least 30 percent of the candidate pool for all leadership and governance positions and lateral hires at our firm are comprised of women and attorneys of color.
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. 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.