Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion at Day Pitney

Day Pitney is committed to diversity and inclusiveness. We foster diversity within our firm and the communities we live in. Diversity is one of the firm’s core values. We believe people of diverse skills, opinions, perspectives, lifestyles, ideas, thinking and knowledge make us a stronger, more productive law firm. We actively seek out people who distinguish themselves from the pack – people of diverse ethnicity, culture, race, national origin, age, religion, disabilities, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation and veteran status.

Spearheading this commitment is our director of diversity & inclusion, who is a member of the senior management team at the firm and is responsible for implementing the firm’s diversity plan, which ensures the firm’s focus on diversity as a core value. The director of diversity serves as the firm’s thought leader, ambassador and advocate on diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives and issues. The director of diversity works with the Executive Committee, the cross-office Diversity & Inclusion Committee and other key members of the firm to further the firm’s diversity objectives.

While we are proud of what the firm has achieved over the years, we continue to build on those accomplishments. One of the ways we’re doing this is through internal affinity groups such as Day Pitney Attorneys of Color (DPAC), which is a network comprising all attorneys of color throughout the firm and which aims to foster an inclusive environment that helps ensure the success of minority attorneys. Others are Women Working Together (WWT), which provides mutual support, professional growth and community service opportunities to women attorneys at the firm and to clients, and the Day Pitney Alliance, which provides an avenue for Day Pitney employees, regardless of sexual orientation or role within the firm, to express support for LGBT people, and promote awareness of and support for LGBT causes and concerns.

Additionally, we have established an LGBT Planning Group in our Individual Client practice group specifically designed to serve and support the LGBT community. 

Internally at the firm we have a Heritage Month Speaker Series that brings in speakers to discuss topics of importance related to the various heritage month celebrations. We have hosted an assistant attorney general and member of the Hispanic National Bar Association task force created to raise awareness of the DREAM Act, a retired college professor to discuss the Emancipation Proclamation on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the first female president of a major bank in Connecticut, and a panel presentation on marriage equality. These events are open to all employees at the firm and are broadcast live throughout all our offices.

Day Pitney also regularly sponsors and supports attendance at events put on by organizations dedicated to enhancing opportunities for minority lawyers and law students, such as the Boston Lawyers Group, the New Jersey Law Firm Group, the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, and various national and state minority bar associations. Day Pitney attorneys serve and have served in leadership positions in many of these organizations.

We are committed to working with our clients, professional colleagues, diversity organizations and others in the communities in which we practice as we pursue the common goal of a professional workplace where opportunity is available to all. We continue to strive to provide challenging opportunities, meaningful guidance and positive incentives to assist our professionals in achieving their greatest potential. In doing so, our goal is ultimately to create advantages from our differences and to achieve richer, broader and innovative results.

We invite you to explore Day Pitney’s website to learn more about our efforts.

Diversity & Inclusion Community Involvement

Here is an overview of some of our recent community programs aimed at assisting individuals and organizations serving traditionally underserved populations:

  • Our Parsippany attorneys launched a pilot program at St. Vincent Academy in Newark, New Jersey. Saint Vincent Academy is a college preparatory school for young women of richly diverse and often politically, socially and economically underrepresented cultures. One hundred percent of the students of the over 300 students at the school are persons of color, and all or nearly all of the students continue on to attend college. The program's goal is to increase the number of minorities and women entering the legal profession.

  • All offices annually participate in the Susan G. Koman walk in order to raise money to fight breast cancer.
  • Day Pitney attorneys have contributed funding, time and pro bono legal services to the Urban League of Greater Hartford, in furtherance of the League's efforts to "promote the self-empowerment of individuals in the CT Capital Region to achieve educational, occupational and economic equality for themselves and their families."
  • As a founding member of the New Jersey Law Firm Group (NJLFG), the Connecticut-based Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD), and the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG), Day Pitney actively supports each organization's common mission of increasing diversity in the legal profession. Each year, Day Pitney attorneys volunteer to serve as mentors to minority law students through programs coordinated by these three organizations. The firm also hosts several roundtable discussions on various topics relevant to diversity for these organizations in New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts and participates in BLG and NJLFG job fairs.

In addition to the programs listed above, the firm's Summer Apprentices are also invited to organize community service efforts. The Summer Apprentices in each office traditionally choose a community service outreach program meaningful to them and dedicate their time to the community at-large.

In large part due to efforts such as these Day Pitney continues to make great strides in supporting diversity initiatives in our neighborhoods.

Awards and Recognition

  • Asker A. Saeed, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, receives the 2015 Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
  • 90% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index (the only law firm with major Connecticut presence to score higher than 50%)
  • Day Pitney New Jersey office recognized in 2014 by the New Jersey Law Journal as being the most diverse law firm in 3 out of 4 categories measured (female partners; female lawyers overall; minority lawyers overall)
  • Day Pitney received the 2014 Corporate Law Department of the Year Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

  • Day Pitney was one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity in 2011, as named by MultiCultural Law Magazine.
  • Day Pitney was the 2009 recipient of the Fifth Annual Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
  • Lynn Baronas, Director of Professional Development, nominated for the 2008 advocate of the year award by the Connecticut Minority Suppliers Diversity Council 
  • Recognition from the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. as an "Urban Sponsor" in its 2007 Black History Award Celebration
  • Jim Sicilian received a 2007 Human Relations Award for leadership in civic and community affairs by the National Conference for Community and Justice of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, Inc. 

The Barbara Rosenthal Summer Internship Program at Day Pitney LLP (high school students)

Day Pitney's Barbara Rosenthal Summer Internship Program (the "Program") provides an opportunity for a rising diverse student in the junior or senior year of high school to experience working in a law firm during six weeks of the summer. The Program is named in memory of the firm's former executive director, Barbara Rosenthal, whose legacy inspires its spirit and purposes: (1) to expose diverse youth to a law firm and the corporate experience; (2) to help prepare them for corporate and community leadership; and (3) to provide a pipeline for minority students to enter the legal profession.

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