Inclusion & diversity

We value the diverse perspectives and experiences you bring, and we see inclusivity as an active responsibility we all share. At Dentons, you don’t have to choose between a great career and an inclusive workplace. We are committed to implementing best practices to foster inclusive hiring, development, advancement and retention of talent. Key elements of our inclusion & diversity plan include:

Affinity Groups: Dentons’ Asian, Black, Disability, Hispanic/Latinix, LGBT+, Native American, working parents and Veterans Affinity Groups help foster an inclusive culture by supporting the professional advancement of  their members through networking, mentoring, training and business development opportunities. Our affinity groups also help us engage, recruit and retain talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences, while promoting  an inclusive environment where new relationships may develop and flourish.

Women’s Initiatives: Our WomenLEAD initiative provides tools and opportunities to help women develop and advance. The national and local WomenLEAD Committees arrange networking opportunities, training programs, and business and client development events to help women succeed in the profession.

Training: We offer firm-wide training on topics such as unconscious bias and inclusive leadership.

Diversity and Inclusion events: We host internal events to celebrate cultural heritages, foster inclusive conversations with our employees and clients, and raise awareness of diversity and inclusion issues and topics firm-wide. We also annually host the Navigating to Big Law event, designed to educate underrepresented law students about careers in Big Law.

Spotlight on our student initiatives

Dentons LCLD 1L Scholar Award: Awarded to LCLD 1L Scholars in select offices. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, LCLD Scholars will receive $5,000. Scholars who return for a second summer will receive an additional $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate.

Colorado Pledge to Diversity Program: This bi-annual opportunity provides a 1L student from an underrepresented background with a paid position in our Summer Associate Program.

Drake Law School’s Cady Law Opportunity Fellow Program: This annual opportunity presents a 1L student from an underrepresented background with a paid position in our Summer Associate Program.  Fellows also participate in a mentorship program for fellows throughout their first year of law school and also attend weekly leadership training sessions during the summer after their first year of law school.

Diversity Career Fairs and Workshops: Dentons participates annually in the LGBT Bar Lavender Law Career Fair, the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, the National BLSA Job Fair and Conference, the Northeastern Black Law Students Association Job Fair, and the Southeastern Minority Job Fair.