Diversity and Inclusion
A. Martin Wickliff, Jr., a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department in Houston, was recently featured in Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers series in recognition of his leadership in championing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Cozen O’Connor is proud of its efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in the bar and takes its responsibility to do so seriously. Recognizing the organizational effectiveness that can come from valuing and promoting differences, Cozen O’Connor prides itself on its commitment to diversity and inclusion and its tradition of employing people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The firm values the breadth of perspectives and the richness of experience made possible by having a diverse complement of lawyers and staff and we believe that this diversity of experience is strength to our firm and the clients we serve.
In order to promote a more diverse and inclusive workplace as well as a diverse bar, the firm established a Diversity Committee in the late 1990s, which is led by the firm's Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Pro Bono. The Diversity Committee comprises attorneys across each of the firm’s 23 offices as well as the firm’s hiring, marketing and professional development professionals. In addition, there is a Diversity Advisory Committee composed of former Diversity Committee chairs, firm management and persons on the board of directors. The Diversity Committee works closely with firm management to ensure the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts are implemented and that the firm realizes its abiding commitment to recruiting the best team of professionals, to partnering with the communities we represent, and to maximizing the unique potential of each of the attorneys and staff in our employ.
The committee’s efforts focus on four key areas: