Gilbert LLP Partners With Legal Innovators to Diversify Our Legal Team
Gilbert LLP is thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Legal Innovators, a talent management solution that focuses on placing diverse junior lawyers in first-rate law firms and corporate legal departments. Legal Innovators’s pursuit of bold and creative solutions, its determination to overcome
problems others view as intractable, and its optimism that the status quo does not dictate the future, align perfectly with the values and philosophy that drive Gilbert LLP. We are pleased to be an early adopter of the Legal Innovators approach.
Over the last several months, Gilbert LLP has brought in three new lawyers through Legal Innovators. We hope to continue hiring through Legal Innovators in the years to come—increasing the diversity of our legal team, strengthening our firm as an institution, and doing our part to remedy historic inequities that have long plagued the legal recruiting process. These inequities have denied fair access and opportunities to minority candidates and deprived law firms and their clients of the full range of available legal talent.
At Gilbert LLP, we never thought that there was a lack of diverse candidates who could do the work of our firm at the highest level and thrive here. But despite considerable efforts, we have struggled to build a diverse legal team that reflects our values and meets our goals. We agree with the words of Dr. Wayne Frederick, the president of Howard University and co-chairman of the Equity Committee of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s ReOpen DC Advisory Group: “There is no shortage of Black talent in the United States.” Rather, in addition to “[u]nconscious and institutionalized biases across industries [that] make it difficult for Black candidates to get their foot in the door . . . , many of our nation’s . . . employers lack pipelines that can connect them to Black talent.”
Legal Innovators is a game-changer in this regard, and Gilbert LLP could not be more enthusiastic about working with this pioneering firm to foster the diversity pipelines and structures the legal community needs, and lawyers of diverse backgrounds have every right to expect.
More information on Legal Innovators can be found here: https://www.legal-innovators.com