Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Mandate for Diversity articulates the firm’s goal of becoming a leader in diversity and serves as a guideline for our ongoing efforts. This mandate underscores the belief that diversity is both consistent with our goal to become a highly successful firm and essential to achieving that success.
Akin Gump has a two-tiered diversity committee structure composed of a firmwide committee and of local committees within each of its offices. The makeup of both reflects the diversity within Akin Gump and our ardent dedication to strengthening our culture of inclusion. Karol Kepchar, an intellectual property partner, chairs the firmwide committee.
Seizing the Initiative
The firm’s diversity committees provide forums for the exchange of ideas between the firm’s attorneys and personnel. Each committee is responsible for implementing the strategic elements of the firm’s Mandate for Diversity.
To ensure that Akin Gump’s diversity and inclusion initiatives continue to thrive and expand, committee members develop and participate in diversity-related outreach to clients, lateral candidates, law schools and law school students, and the not-for-profit community. They continually participate in outreach opportunities at law schools, work on innovative initiatives to retain and promote minority and female attorneys, seek out community partnerships and focus on internal measures and programming that vigorously promote an inclusive culture.