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Diversity Statement

WILENTZ, GOLDMAN & SPITZER P.A.

DIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENT

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. (Wilentz) recognizes that our human resources are one of our greatest assets and that a talented and diverse workforce is a key competitive advantage.  We strive to seek out and retain the finest human talent from all backgrounds to ensure top business growth and performance, and we have endeavored to create an environment in which every individual’s unique strengths and abilities are valued and utilized to the fullest capacity.

We as a Firm are committed to the goal of strengthening our diversity both through education and through recruiting and retaining minority and women attorneys and staff from all backgrounds.  We have long embraced the concepts and principles of equal employment opportunity and have endeavored to maintain a non-hostile work environment.  Beyond that, however, we recognize that continuously promoting diversity is an integral part of our mission to strive for excellence as individuals and as a Firm.

As part of the effort to advance our commitment to diversity, Wilentz has established a Diversity Committee focused on the following:

  • Recruiting, retaining and developing diverse talent at all levels in the Firm.
  • Educating our employees and Firm Management regarding diversity issues.
  • Participating in opportunities outside the Firm to explore diversity initiatives by supporting programs that increase the understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.
  • Recognizing diversity as a business imperative toward increasing our client base.
  • Emphasizing the Firm’s long-standing policy that encourages reporting of any discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, or any other protected status.

Wilentz is proud to say that we participate in the following diversity initiatives:

  • In 1990, our Hiring Partner (now our Administrative Director), Stephen E. Barcan, was a founding member of the New Jersey Law Firm Group, an organization committed to the recruitment, hiring and retention of minority law students and lawyers in member firms and government agencies.  The Firm has remained an active participant and through this organization, we sponsor a fellowship for a minority law student, provide roundtable discussion groups for law students, participate in minority job fairs, and encourage our associates to mentor students identified through this group.
  • We support the Rutgers-Newark Law School Minority Student Program (MSP).  For many years, the Firm provided first year minority students with the opportunity to participate in our summer associate program with a view toward mentoring each student toward eventual hire by the Firm as an associate.  We are pleased that our efforts in this regard have been successful and many of our first year MSP interns joined the Firm as summer associates and fall entry associates.   
  • We encourage and sponsor our attorneys to become members of the Hispanic Bar Association and are proud to sponsor many of their events.  As a participant in the Hispanic Bar Association Mentorship Program, we assign Wilentz attorneys to be mentors to Hispanic law students as they complete their courses and work toward graduation from law school.
  • Wilentz is a supporter of the Garden State Bar Association in their mission to assist African-Americans and other minorities in becoming an effective part of the judicial system.
  • We encourage and sponsor our attorneys to become members of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey and support the association’s events.
  • Wilentz provides annual support to the Association of Latin American Law Students scholarship fundraising events hosted by the students of Rutgers-Newark School of Law and Seton Hall University School of Law.
  • Wilentz is a supporter of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association New Jersey (NJWLA) an independent association of New Jersey women lawyers in their mission to retain women in the legal profession through education and activism, promote members to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions and endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary.

Historically, the majority of our entry associates come to us through our Summer Associate Program, and we are proud of the fact that our efforts toward minority recruitment of law students have been quite successful and that our summer associate classes represent a diverse mixture of minorities and women.  While successful recruiting is key, the goal is retention and we are honored to have one of our minority summer associates become one of our Shareholders.

Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer’s commitment to diversity is consistent with our recognition that it is the exceptional people within our Firm who have always been the source of our success.  We continually seek new and innovative ways to expand our diversity initiatives in the areas of education, recruitment and retention.