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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 the Executive Committee, the cross-office Diversity & Inclusion Committee and other key members of the firm. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee and staff are responsible for furthering the firm's diversity objectives and implementing the firm's diversity plan, which ensures the firm's focus on diversity as a core value. The members of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and staff serve as thought leaders, ambassadors and advocates on diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives and issues.

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 LGBTQ people, and promote awareness of and support for LGBTQ causes and concerns.

Additionally, we have established an LGBTQ Planning Group in our Individual Client practice group specifically designed to serve and support the LGBTQ 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 the former Senior Director of Diversity and Multi-Cultural Initiatives at the PGA of American to discuss the history of African-Americans in golf, an assistant attorney general, a 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
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Parsippany, NJ
Partner, Chair
Parsippany, NJ
Partner
Parsippany, NJ
Partner
Miami, FL
Partner
Boston, MA
Associate
Stamford, CT
Managing Partner
Parsippany, NJ
New York, NY
Partner
New York, NY
Parsippany, NJ
Partner
Parsippany, NJ
Associate
Stamford, CT
Chief Talent Officer
Hartford, CT
Partner
Hartford, CT
New York, NY
Partner
Parsippany, NJ
Partner
Parsippany, NJ
Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer
Hartford, CT
Partner
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 Associates are also invited to organize community service efforts. The Summer Associates 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

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

To these ends, the Day Pitney Alliance may:

  • Promote the recruitment, retention, and professional development of LGBTQ+ attorneys and staff within Day Pitney, including coordinated 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 LGBTQ+ rights, including identification of and participation in corporate equality surveys.
  • Interface with other organizations that support LGBTQ+ rights and opportunities, such as bar associations, affinity groups and civil rights organizations.
  • Assist and coordinate with firm personnel in raising internal awareness of LGBTQ+ history, identity and issues, including periodic hosting of speakers or events (e.g., honoring LGBTQ+ Pride month).
  • Lobby for LGBTQ+ causes 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 LGBTQ+ clients seeking the redress of bias-based grievances.
  • Serve as an affinity group for LGBTQ+ members of the Day Pitney community, and provide an opportunity for such individuals to voluntarily self-identify and affiliate.
  • Raise concerns common to LGBTQ+ attorneys and employees to firm management.

Day Pitney Alliance is led by a Leadership Committee that includes both Day Pitney attorneys and staff  across all of Day Pitney's offices.

Below are some of the Day Pitney Alliance's many activities and initiatives over the years.


2020 
Community Involvement: Joined the HRC Business Coalition for the Equality Act
 
2019
Sponsor: BBA annual Beacon Awards for Diversity & Inclusion

Sponsor: GLAD Spirit of Justice Award Dinner.

Speaker: Michael Hermann, Andy Warhol Foundation

2018
Community Involvement: Leading supporter of Freedom for All Massachusetts Yes on 3 Campaign to uphold nondiscrimination protections of transgender people in Massachusetts.

Community Involvement: Hosted GLAD Equal Justice Counsel

Speakers: Jeanne LoCicero,  Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU of New Jersey, and Rachel Wainer Apter,  Counsel to the Attorney General of New Jersey and former ACLU senior staff attorney, share their experiences working on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case

Speaker: Ellie Krug, activist, author, and lawyer

2017
Film Screening:  "Southwest of Salem"
2016
Speaker: Anne Stanback, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Equality Federation
2015
Speaker: Christine Duffy, Pro Bono Partnership, spoke on workplace issues faced by the transgender community
2014
Speaker: Beck Bailey, Deputy Director of Employee Engagement for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, spoke on workplace inclusion
2013
Moderated Panel: panelists Cathy Marino-Thomas, Co-President of Marriage Equality USA; Ross Murray, Director of News and Faith Initiatives at GLAAD; Carol Conklin and Janet Peck, plaintiff couples in Connecticut same-sex marriage case; Jo-Ann Shain and Mary Jo Kennedy, plaintiff couple in New York same-sex marriage case;  Jon Holden Galluccio along with husband, Michael, Marriage Equality in New Jersey; and moderator Dane Dudley from Day Pitney.
2011
Film Screening:  "Brother Outsider:  The Life of Bayard Rustin"
2010
Speaker: Mary Buonato, Civil Rights Project Director at GLAD
Day Pitney Alliance Leadership
Boston, MA
Senior Associate, Co-Chair
New York, NY
IP Coordinator/Paralegal, Co-Chair
Hartford, CT
Senior Counsel
West Hartford, CT
Partner
Parsippany, NJ
Partner
Stamford, CT
Partner
Hartford, CT
Partner
Parsippany, NJ
Associate
Parsippany, NJ
Marketing and Events Manager
Parsippany, NJ
Legal Assistant
Parsippany, NJ
Accounting Manager
Parsippany, NJ
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
New Haven, CT
Partner
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
Hartford, CT
New York, NY
Awards and Recognition

  • Achieved 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's 2017, 2018 and 2019 Corporate Equality Index, improving on our score of 90% in 2015 and 2016
  • Achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status, which indicates that the firm has considered and successfully reached at least 30 percent women and minority lawyer representation in a notable number of our current leadership roles and committees, from Diversity Lab after completing the inaugural one-year Mansfield Rule pilot in 2018
  • Ranked among the top 20 Am Law 200 firms for gender diversity, specifically, the percentage of female equity partners, in The American Lawyer's annual A-List ranking for 2018 and 2019
  • Ranked among the top 50 law firms in the National Law Journal (NLJ) 500: Women's Scorecard in 2018 and 2019
  • Recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality" in 2018
  • Ben Haglund honored by Seton Hall Law School for his work in advancing diversity and inclusion in law firms and law departments at Seton Hall Law School's 2018 Diversity Banquet

  • Day Pitney's New Jersey office recognized 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) in 2014
  • Received the Corporate Law Department of the Year Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey in 2014
  • Named one of the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity by MultiCultural Law Magazine in 2011
  • Received the Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award from The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity in 2009

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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