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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 Committee

The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is a cross-office committee consisting of partners, counsel and associates from each of the major markets in which we practice. Also serving on the committee are the firm's Directors of Diversity & Inclusion, Professional Development, and Human Resources, the Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer, as well as the Chairs of Day Pitney Attorneys of Color (DPAC), Women Working Together (WWT) and Day Pitney Alliance. The committee is charged with helping to devise the diversity initiative strategy, supporting the Director of Diversity & Inclusion and ensuring support of the firm's diversity efforts both internally and externally. To learn more about the diversity initiative at Day Pitney, please contact any one of the committee members listed below.

Parsippany, NJ
Parsippany, NJ
New York, NY
Parsippany, NJ
New York, NY
Parsippany, NJ
Hartford, CT
New York, NY
Greenwich, CT
Stamford, CT
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.

Day Pitney Alliance

The Day Pitney Alliance includes people who wish to express support for gay rights and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and who want to promote awareness of and support LGBT causes and concerns. Membership is open to the entire Day Pitney community, regardless of sexual orientation or role within the firm.

Recognizing the unique and sometimes invisible challenges that LGBT individuals face, Day Pitney formed the Alliance to reflect the firm’s commitment to LGBT dignity and equality, both within and without the firm, and to set an example for leadership in diversity. With broad support running from Day Pitney’s support staff to its executive leadership, the Alliance looks both inward and outward to further the advances – jurisprudential, political and societal – being made toward full acceptance of members of the LGBT community within our society.

To these ends, the Day Pitney Alliance may:

  • Promote the recruitment, retention, and professional development of LGBT attorneys and staff within Day Pitney, including by coordinating mentoring and networking opportunities.
  • Coordinate and make recommendations as to the firm’s philanthropic outreach, activities and event attendance.
  • Identify opportunities to raise Day Pitney’s profile as a supporter of LGBT rights, including by identifying and participating in corporate equality surveys.
  • Interface with other organizations that support LGBT rights and opportunities, such as bar associations, affinity groups and civil rights organizations.
  • Assist and coordinate with firm personnel in raising internal awareness of LGBT history, identity and issues, including by periodic hosting of speakers or events (e.g., honoring LGBT Pride month).
  • Lobby for LGBT causes, including through preparation or joining of amicus briefing and/or through letter-writing or testimony.
  • In conjunction with the Pro Bono Committee, identify and facilitate the pro bono representation of LGBT clients seeking the redress of bias-based grievances.
  • Serve as an affinity group for LGBT members of the Day Pitney community, and provide an opportunity for such individuals to voluntarily self-identify and affiliate.
  • Raise concerns to firm management common to LGBT attorneys and employees.

Day Pitney Alliance is led by a Leadership Committee of five representatives from across Day Pitney’s offices, who are a cross-section of Day Pitney attorneys and staff members.


Day Pitney Alliance Leadership
Day Pitney Attorneys of Color

Day Pitney lawyers formed the Day Pitney Attorneys of Color (DPAC) in the fall of 2010. Through DPAC, Day Pitney not only provides a venue for attorneys of color to exchange ideas and share their experiences but also accelerates attainment of the professional and business development goals of its members through mentorship, the annual DPAC retreat and various DPAC-sponsored events throughout the year.

Mission

DPAC’s mission is to

• serve as a venue for attorneys of color to exchange ideas, experiences and success stories, and work together to overcome challenges;
• provide a supportive environment for attorneys of color at Day Pitney;
• create business development opportunities for attorneys of color at Day Pitney; and
• ensure attorneys of color have the tools to succeed at Day Pitney and become leaders in the community.

Support

DPAC meetings are bimonthly and enable DPAC members to meet and interact with attorneys of color across Day Pitney’s offices. During these meetings, DPAC members discuss the issues of the day and plan officewide and community events and initiatives. Additionally, DPAC holds an annual professional and business development retreat, during which DPAC hosts a dinner for the firm’s Executive Committee and leadership to discuss how DPAC and the firm can work together to sustain and strengthen the firm’s diversity initiative.

Professional Development

The DPAC membership consists of attorneys at all levels of experience from all Day Pitney’s offices. This diversity of experience facilitates informal mentorship between DPAC members in the areas of professional development and both internal and external business development. The interaction between firm leadership and DPAC creates its own mentoring opportunities. DPAC also provides business and professional development opportunities by leveraging national cultural celebrations and incorporating business development efforts into such programs. In addition, DPAC supports its members’ professional development by supporting various networking activities, as described below.

Networking

DPAC encourages its members not only to participate in community organizations and affinity bar groups but also to seek and hold leadership positions in such organizations. Through DPAC and Day Pitney support, DPAC members attend various events and conferences throughout the year geared toward building relationships, mentoring, and facilitating professional and business development.

Community Service

DPAC encourages its members to serve in groups and organizations committed to community service and to aiding the less fortunate, particularly those in disadvantaged communities. DPAC organized a firmwide clothing drive, for example, which was featured in the New Jersey Law Journal and the Connecticut Law Tribune, and which resulted in a Day Pitney donation of more than 200 items of business clothing to the Hartford Job Corps in Connecticut and Dress for Success Hudson County in New Jersey.

Day Pitney Attorneys of Color Leadership
Parsippany, NJ
New York, NY
Hartford, CT
New York, NY
Awards and Recognition

  • Asker A. Saeed, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, received the 2015 Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
  • 90% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 and 2016 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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