2018 BEACON AWARD FOR DIVERSITY RECIPIENT
Kobre & Kim LLP
KOBRE & KIM LLP remains committed to advancing diversity and inclusion awareness within the firm, in the legal profession and in our communities. We strive to ensure that our lawyers and professional staff reflect the diversity of the global marketplace. Women, minorities, veterans and LGBTQ individuals play critical roles in firm leadership, and the firm prides itself on creating and sustaining a diverse working environment for all employees. The firm’s leadership team promotes the importance of diversity on both a global and individual office level, regularly supporting initiatives that further institutionalize workplace integration. These initiatives encourage dialogue, education and awareness about diversity.
Advancement of diversity and inclusion. Kobre & Kim established a global Diversity & Inclusion Committee that includes partners, associates and professional staff. The committee develops and implements recruitment, retention and promotion initiatives that advance diversity at the firm and support the inclusion of varied cultural and ethnic identities, perspectives, beliefs and backgrounds. It focuses specifically on recruiting and professional development, outreach and mentorship, and supporting organizations that are committed to promoting diversity in the legal industry.
Professional development. Our senior management team ensures that those of diverse backgrounds receive continued support in their career development and are able to build mentor and peer relationships within the firm. Individuals receive valuable coaching and professional development opportunities that promote growth and career advancement. The team also cultivates alliances with affinity organizations and encourages participation throughout the firm. The senior management team closely tracks recruitment, training and professional development, and attrition rates, conducting exit interviews to attain meaningful and confidential feedback to identify and resolve any latent issues for diverse lawyers.
Institutionalized best practices and policies. Kobre & Kim’s employee handbook outlines the importance of diversity across the firm. The lawyers and staff attend mandatory diversity trainings throughout the year on topics such as gender equality, working with individuals who identify as transgender, and legal developments that impact civil rights and marriage equality. The firm maintains a digital library of best practices, which includes advice and sensitivity-building tips on global cultural etiquette. Kobre & Kim also has extensive policies that ensure full equality for every employee, including members of the LGBTQ community, with a benefits program covering health and life insurance for same-sex domestic partners worldwide.
Cross-cultural exposure. Our international lawyer program brings experienced lawyers from Asia, Latin America and Europe to work at the firm as full-time employees. The program provides them with an opportunity to work on cross-border matters that often involve their home jurisdictions. International lawyers gain invaluable exposure to the U.S. and other legal systems, including the opportunity to attend trials and hearings. Their local market insight results in more creative and innovative solutions for clients. The program also allows for all Kobre & Kim employees to work with, and learn from, a dynamic group of highly diverse and talented colleagues from around the world.