“A diverse set of minds, focused on a single issue, will always come up with a creative and forward-thinking solution.” – Farrington Yates, member, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
As the world’s first global polycentric law firm, Dentons strives to foster a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from all backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, abilities, social perspective and other characteristics, the Firm creates a dynamic and inclusive work environment that contributes to our success.
We are active advocates of diversity in the legal profession and wider community. Our work with other business leaders, professionals and community groups—promoting greater diversity and inclusion, and encouraging others to embrace a similar philosophy and approach—is an important part of our commitment.
1L LCLD Scholars Program
Dentons participates in the 1L Scholars Program through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. The 1L LCLD Scholars Program gives students with strong academic performance and leadership potential the opportunity to work side by side with lawyers and other legal specialists in organizations. In addition to a robust summer program, the LCLD program also includes a retreat for all participating scholars as well as participation in the LCLD’s Law School Mentor Program, in which students are paired with a LCLD Fellow who will mentor them through bar passage.
Colorado Pledge to Diversity
Dentons also participates in the Colorado Pledge to Diversity program. The Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group was founded in 1993 by 13 Denver area law firms dedicated to bringing about real change to the legal community through diversity. The 1L Summer Clerkship Program is comprised of around 20 Denver law firms and corporate legal departments. It is designed to expose diverse law students to larger law firms or corporate legal departments during their 1L summer. Approximately 22-27 students are placed through the Pledge, annually. Over 250 students have been placed over the course of the Program.