ATLANTA and WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP endorses and supports the American Bar Association's (ABA) Resolution 113 which: "Urges all providers of legal services, including law firms and corporations, to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys and urges clients to assist in the facilitation of opportunities for diverse attorneys, and to direct a greater percentage of the legal services they purchase, both currently and in the future, to diverse attorneys."
"Having long been committed to promoting diversity and developing it among our ranks, we commend the ABA's efforts to improve diversity within the legal profession. As noted in the ABA's Resolution 113, we also believe that uniting corporations and law firms together will certainly multiply the pace of possible achievements," said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman.
Reflecting the firm's steadfast dedication to advancing diversity, Sutherland's Chief Diversity Officer, Tax Partner Vanessa A. Scott, and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Lia J. Dorsey, are responsible for continuing our tradition of championing diversity and inclusion at every level and in every function of the firm, including recruiting, professional development, public service, and client and practice development.
"Diversity remains a priority for Sutherland. We understand that to provide our clients with more innovative solutions, we must build an inclusive work environment that attracts and retains people from a wide variety of backgrounds who can provide us with unique perspectives," said Sutherland Chief Diversity Officer Vanessa A. Scott. "Having an increasingly global and diverse team not only benefits our clients, but also our firm and the broader legal profession."
To learn more about the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts – and their results, please view Sutherland's 2016 Diversity Report. Some of the highlights include: numerous active affinity and working groups; vibrant mentoring programs; unique recruiting and professional development programs such as Sutherland Scholars; and, support and leadership positions of and within diversity associations and organizations.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at www.americanbar.org/news and on Twitter @ABANews.
The ABA Resolution 113 can be found online at: https://www.americanbar.org/news/reporter_resources/annual-meeting-2016/house-of-delegates-resolutions/113.html.
ABOUT SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
Sutherland is an international legal service provider helping the world's largest companies, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. More than 400 lawyers across seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas. Sutherland is composed of associated legal practices that are separate entities, doing business in the United States as Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, and as Sutherland (Europe) LLP in London and Geneva. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is a limited liability partnership and is registered in England and Wales with registered number OC348198. Its registered office is at Marble Quay, St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1UH. Sutherland (Europe) LLP is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales whose regulatory requirements can be accessed at http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page. A list of the members of Sutherland (Europe) LLP and their professional qualifications is open to inspection at its registered office.
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