CAREERS - Diversity
At Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, we value the differences in people and believe that diversity enhances our ability to succeed and to serve our clients well. We welcome inquiries from qualified diverse candidates for both lawyer and staff positions.
WTO provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. It is the policy of the firm that all employees shall work in an environment free from all forms of discrimination. The firm does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status in matters of hiring, promoting, disciplining, and rewarding employees.
In 2014, WTO diversity numbers exceed recent trends both in Denver and nationwide among firms with fewer than 100 lawyers.
In 2014, 35% of all WTO lawyers are women and 10% are minorities. Women account for 17% of WTO partners and 41% of WTO associates. Diverse lawyers account for 11% of WTO partners and 12% of WTO associates.
According to data published by The National Association of Law Placement in December 2012, WTO's percentages are comparable to or better than Denver law firms, where 32% of lawyers are women and 9% are minorities, and to law firms of less than 100 lawyers nationally, where 29% of lawyers are women and 9% are minorities.
WTO strives for continuous improvement in recruiting and retaining women and diverse lawyers. Since the firm's inception in 1998, WTO has engaged in multiple efforts to promote diversity within the firm through activities such as:
- Targeted and word-of-mouth recruiting;
- Sponsoring financially and volunteering with the Center for Legal Inclusiveness;
- Serving on the board of directors of the Deans' Diversity Council led by the deans of the University of Colorado and the University of Denver law schools;
- Serving on the Deans' Diversity Council's pipeline and retention committees;
- Sponsoring continuing education programs on diversity issues;
- Sponsoring and participating in diversity career fairs;
- Sponsoring and participating in specialty bar associations;
- Supporting local law schools and alumni law school associations;
- Financially supporting diversity scholarships.
We continue to educate ourselves about the best diversity practices and to undertake new approaches to diversify further.
To retain and to enhance diversity among our lawyers, WTO provides all associates with mentoring, guidance, and on-the-job supervision by experienced partners. In doing so, we take into account the background, experience level, and needs of each associate. We also have a formal professional development program. In addition to actual, hands-on trial work, we offer all attorneys workshops with the firm's senior partners and trial presentation consultants.
We encourage and support our minority and female attorneys' interests in specialty bar associations, programs, and networking.
In addition to our ongoing efforts aimed at increasing and retaining the diversity among our lawyers, WTO is committed to building a pipeline of diverse lawyers and helping them develop professionally.
- WTO partner Mark Clouatre was appointed to a leadership position in the ABA Forum on Franchising for 2013 - 2014. He will assume the role of liaison to the Forum for the American Bar Association's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission.
- The firm is a founding sponsor of a National Insitute of Trial Advocacy scholarship program for public service lawyers.
- The firm is a member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and was a founding sponsor of the MCCA diversity scholarship program.
- The WTO Foundation supports with volunteer time and donations nonprofit organizations such as Denver Urban Debate League and Denver Kids, Inc.,which provide mentoring to underserved youth to encourage them to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education.
For more information, please contact Connie Proulx, Director of Administration.