Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Recognizing this and leveraging our individual strengths in unity benefits us all. At Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery, we firmly believe that embracing and cultivating a diverse firm enhances our ability to serve our clients more effectively, while providing a more vibrant, supportive, and productive professional environment for all our people. We are unified in our belief that a diverse Fitch Even is a stronger Fitch Even.
We foster and preserve a culture of inclusion through focused recruiting, training, mentoring, and promotion. This helps to ensure that all diverse lawyers and professionals can develop rewarding business relationships, achieve professional growth, and access leadership opportunities within our firm. Cultivating and leveraging the talents of a diverse team reinforces our firm’s creativity and innovation, enabling us to attract, retain, and promote capable people with the multitude of skills and varied perspectives that clients need in today’s global marketplace.
Our recruiting efforts include reaching out to minority, women, and LGBTQ attorneys through on-campus interviews at law schools and at diversity-focused job fairs such as the Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair. In addition, at least half of our summer associates in the past several years have been women or minority law school students.
The women’s initiative at Fitch Even is dedicated to the support and development of our women attorneys. The group meets regularly to share work challenges, discuss business development efforts, and explore ways they can assist and champion one another. They also hold events designed to build and strengthen relationships with women clients and other professional contacts. The initiative provides mentorship to young attorneys and advances leadership development at all career stages.
Fitch Even promotes diversity not only within our own firm but throughout the legal profession and in the communities where we work. As one example, we have actively supported Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP) since its inception. One Fitch Even partner is a founder and current chair of ChiWIP’s board of directors and several others also serve in leadership roles. Our firm is also a longtime supporter of the United Negro College Fund in its mission to ensure underserved African-American students have equal access to a fulfilling college education.
For decades, our pro bono efforts have included representing minority clients to battle institutional discrimination including alleged civil rights violations.
In 2017, Fitch Even formed a strategic alliance with Wood IP LLC, a minority- and veteran-owned intellectual property law firm. Specifically, Wood IP is a certified Minority Business Enterprise and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise as well as a certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. This alliance has allowed us to offer clients an expanded range of sophisticated IP legal services provided by exceptionally skilled lawyers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
The mission of the Fitch Even's Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to continue to explore and implement activities, training, and procedures that will further our commitment to fostering a culture of mutual respect and to promoting greater diversity within our firm.