COMMITMENT TO WORKPLACE DIVERSITY
Scarinci Hollenbeck utilizes a wide variety of strategies to create an inclusive atmosphere that values people of all backgrounds and experiences.
The Scarinci Hollenbeck Diversity Group is an eight member committee that proactively works to promote a workplace that embraces inclusiveness in all forms. Through a variety of workshops and training seminars on diversity-related issues, this group fosters and maintains a spirit of openness, opportunity and acceptance. Comprised of minority and non-minority members, including Associates, Partners and professional staff members, the Diversity Group is tasked with devising and implementing measures designed to attract and retain diverse talent throughout every aspect of the firm’s operation. The committee’s achievements include establishment of the Scarinci Hollenbeck Scholarship which awards an educational grant to a student attending a New Jersey law school, development of a program to recruit and advance under-represented minorities and implementation of real-world incentives that encourage involvement in equality efforts outside the firm as a concrete means of furthering the firm’s commitment to social justice. The Diversity Group at Scarinci Hollenbeck is committed to expand on these achievements going forward.
Women at Scarinci Hollenbeck (WASH)
Scarinci Hollenbeck’s commitment to promoting women in the workplace has led to the creation of the organization of the Women at Scarinci Hollenbeck, or WASH. Comprised of Partners, Section Chairs, and Associates, WASH hosts lunchtime discussion groups, provides a mentoring program for the women at Scarinci Hollenbeck and was pivotal in implementing a flexible work schedule program that has allowed attorneys and staff the flexibility needed to meet the demands of work and home without unnecessary sacrifice to either. WASH helps to promote a strong, diverse group of working women who are seeking personal and professional growth by discussing issues such as work/life balance, financial planning, and business development. The women’s group at Scarinci Hollenbeck serves to forward our mission of gender diversity and inclusion within the firm and legal field as a whole.
Here at Scarinci Hollenbeck, diversity is not an empty administrative promise. Our attorneys are actively involved in a plethora of organizations and groups aimed at advancing under-represented minorities in the legal profession. Our attorneys are Fulbright professors, recognized Latino leaders and serve organizations like Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, WBENC—Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Hispanic Bar Association and GLBT Rights and Women in the Profession Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association. These associations serve to enrich our attorneys and help to strengthen our commitment to serve the communities they represent.
Along with outside organizational involvement, our employees devote their time to pro bono work to help directly serve the public through legal services. Attorneys devote their time to work on pro bono civil rights issues such as representing the New Jersey State Bar Association as amicus curiae in the marriage equality litigation (Lewis v. Harris). Scarinci Hollenbeck has also served to defend the Anti-School Bullying Act in a challenge before New Jersey’s Council on Local Mandates. Along with our attorneys, law clerks at Scarinci Hollenbeck are required to log pro bono hours in an attempt to include everyone at Scarinci Hollenbeck in the form’s efforts to better serve the community.
Scarinci Hollenbeck Scholarship for LGBT Student Advocates
Scarinci Hollenbeck has always been a place of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys and staff. Our attorneys have worked on important LGBT pro bono issues, including the issue of marriage equality in New Jersey. The Scarinci Hollenbeck Scholarship is one of the first of its kind and supports our commitment to the advancement of LGBT issues within the state. This scholarship is available to any student attending a New Jersey law school that shares and demonstrates Scarinci Hollenbeck’s commitment to LGBT issues. Candidates need not be a member of the LGBT community to apply. Sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, this annual scholarship serves to promote diversity in the legal profession and advance the legal needs of those within the New Jersey LGBT community.
Applications can be found in the financial aid office at any New Jersey law school and are made available at the beginning of the second semester. For more information on the Scarinci Hollenbeck Scholarship, please visit the New Jersey Bar Association Foundation website.
Pro Bono Work
Scarinci Hollenbeck is dedicated to representing underserved communities and promoting diversity through our pro bono services. Over the years, Scarinci Hollenbeck attorneys have been involved in pro bono matters relating to important civil rights issues in New Jersey, such as representing the New Jersey State Bar Association as amicus curiae in the marriage equality litigation (Lewis v. Harris), and defending the Anti-School Bullying Act in a challenge before New Jersey’s Council on Local Mandates.
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