Diversity & Inclusion
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Diversity & Inclusion

It takes all of us to drive change

We believe that when we bring together different backgrounds and perspectives, we create a stronger team—one that promotes a dynamic and fulfilling working experience for all—and helps us deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients.

It’s a commitment that we put into practice each day. It’s why we developed a strategic plan to attract a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce—and ensure we follow through on these goals by tracking our progress through recruitment and retention initiatives, shareholder promotions and firm leadership roles. It’s why Diversity Lab awarded our firm Mansfield Certification in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021—proving our dedication to hiring LGBTQ+, female lawyers, attorneys of color and those with disabilities. And it’s why we earned a perfect score of 100 percent from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation three consecutive years on the Corporate Equality Index beginning in 2020. For us, diversity is more than lip service. It’s a firmwide mindset that guides our culture, reflects our core values and makes us better in every possible way.

Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

Diversity cannot succeed without accountability. Enter CODIE: the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion & Equity. We established this governing body to cultivate a more diverse, equitable and inclusive Brownstein workforce through recruitment, retention and promotion. Beyond this main focus, CODIE also coordinates additional inclusion initiatives across our firm and is responsible for making sure that our benefit programs and firmwide policies support the wide-ranging and evolving needs of our diverse team.

Alexandra Metzl, Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Alexandra Metzl, Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Women’s Leadership Initiative

We launched our Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) in 2014 to foster greater connectivity amongst the women of our firm. With a motto of “Empowered Women, Empower Women” the WLI provides professional development tools for women and advocates for greater opportunities for women in benefits and policies, partnership elevation and leadership positions.

A few of WLI’s most noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • Achieving Mansfield Rule Certification in 2018 and 2019 and the Plus Certification in 2020. We have recommitted to the Mansfield Pledge for 2021.
  • Launching the ‘Daunting to Doable’ business development coaching program focused on expanding the group of female rainmakers.
  • Implementing the “Transitions Matter” suite of programs to ease the transition to and from extended parental leave. This includes a gender-neutral, enhanced paid parental leave policies, mandatory ramp up / ramp down reduced work schedule surrounding the extended leave and ancillary benefits to support working parents, overseen by our Caregiving Committee.
  • Facilitating mentoring and networking programs that foster new relationships and collaboration opportunities.

Alexandra Metzl, Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Alexandra Metzl, WLI Co-chair

 

Carrie Johnson, WLI Co-Chair

Carrie Johnson, WLI Co-chair

Our Community

Brownstein Pride

Brownstein Pride, the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) affinity group, offers a supportive environment for our LGBTQ+ employees and allies. This group strives to cultivate enhanced relationships among those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities to support career growth.

David Spaulding, Brownstein Pride Co-Chair

David Spaulding, Brownstein Pride Co-Chair

 

David Reid, Brownstein Pride Co-Chair

David Reid, Brownstein Pride Co-Chair

Tapestry

The Tapestry affinity group provides support, networking and leadership opportunities for the firm’s employees of color. The group assists in attracting, developing, engaging and retaining diverse team members, advocating for policy and benefit enhancements and further fostering an inclusive work environment.

LaKeitha Anderson, Tapestry Co-Chair

LaKeitha Anderson, Tapestry Co-Chair

Angela Hygh, Tapestry Co-Chair

Angela Hygh, Tapestry Co-Chair

Caregiving Committee

The Caregiving Committee provides a platform for caregivers of all kinds and across all life stages to share experiences and ideas to support each other. In addition, it identifies and implements resources to supports employees in their caregiving efforts.

Alexandra Metzl, Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Alexandra Metzl, Caregiving Committee Co-Chair

 

Jayme Ritchie, Director of Community Relations

Jayme Ritchie, Caregiving Committee Co-Chair

Recruitment

Our clients expect smart legal and policy strategies from us. Delivering stellar results is only possible when you have a diverse team of individuals bringing their unique life experiences, worldviews, knowledge and skills to the table. We are committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and engage in a variety of efforts to increase our recruitment of diverse lawyers and policy professionals. These efforts are targeted towards both lateral recruitment and on-campus recruiting. Each year, the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program facilitates at least one first year diverse law student to participate in our summer associate program. A similar program through William S. Boyd School of Law is deployed in Nevada, where a second-year diverse law student interns for the spring semester.

We are deeply committed to attracting and growing our diverse talent pipeline by providing access to resources towards a career path in the legal profession. We do this through partnerships with talent-feeder programs and financial investments, including sponsorship of pipeline/pre-law programs at:

  • the University of Nevada Las Vegas,
  • the University of Denver
  • and Law School Yes We Can (LSYWC), a Denver-based pipeline development program.

In addition, we collaborate to host events that give diverse students opportunities to network with attorneys and learn about the firm culture and what it is like to work in a large law firm. And we host skill-building workshops, serve on panels and mentor students to prepare for college, law school and beyond through our participation with LSYWC.

Retention & Advancement

Our people are our greatest asset. That’s why we devote substantial energy and resources to the development and advancement of all people at Brownstein. As members of the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, we are commitment to retaining top talent, strengthening organizational culture and enhancing performance through diversity and flexibility. Working parents at Brownstein benefit from a gender-neutral parental leave policy, parental leave transition support—which includes a ramp-down, ramp-up period for expectant and new parents—a reduced hours program, FlexCommute policy and access to the Caregiving Network. All employees participate in mandatory and elective diversity and inclusion training focused on understanding micro-inequities, implicit bias, effective mentoring for diverse associates and sponsorship engagement.

Vendor Diversity

We recognize that our success relies on a diverse and inclusive culture both internally and externally. To cultivate our inclusive culture and be good corporate citizens, we support vendors who are equally committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. We continue to strive to expand business with diverse suppliers and those who support diversity in the communities in which we live and work. Purchasing decisions are made after considering the diversity of the account team serving Brownstein and the vendor’s level of commitment to diversity in its workplace.

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