Working as we do in various regions across the country, we strongly believe that our firm culture should reflect the richly diverse communities we serve. To that end, we are committed to the recruitment, retention and advancement of a diverse and talented workforce. We value the unique perspectives that people of varied backgrounds bring to the table, and believe that they enhance the innovative thinking and unparalleled services we provide to our clients.
Diversity also strengthens our ability to connect on a personal level with our clients in today’s multicultural business environment, and to be more responsive and trusted advisors.
In our ongoing recruitment process, we invite attorneys of all races, nationalities, religious affiliation and sexual orientation to apply to Cole Schotz, as well as attorneys with disabilities. To further our efforts, we also belong to the New Jersey Law Firm Group, a non-profit corporation made up of law firms, law schools, and public agencies committed to promoting inclusiveness and diversity in the New Jersey bar. We regularly recruit at the Group’s job fairs and participate in its mentoring program. Additionally, over the past few years, we have also become active in the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the Hispanic Bar Association.
We have also enhanced our efforts to promote the development and success of our women attorneys with the launch of STARS in 2009, an innovative initiative that holds regular gatherings, including networking events and informational seminars, throughout the year. We also support practice related organizations specifically for women including; the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC), the New York Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network (NYCREW) and Women Lawyers in Bergen (WLIB).
At Cole Schotz, we are committed to providing an inclusive and rewarding work environment for all of our employees. Our senior attorney mentors and associate retention committee proactively engage associates with the goal of addressing their concerns and seeing that their abilities and strengths are recognized and applied accordingly. By offering a supportive workplace that values individual differences and contributions, we enable all of our attorneys to grow as professionals and strengthen our firm’s service offerings in the process.
We are proud to say that we are dedicated to advancing the diversity of the firm at Cole Schotz. Moreover, we are proud to announce the establishment of the Cole Schotz Diversity Scholarship, which is open to second-year, full-time law students who attend a law school in a state in which Cole Schotz maintains an office. Please view the link above for more information and please click here to access the application.