Diversity and Inclusion at Pullman & Comley
Pullman & Comley views diversity as a core value of our firm that informs and influences our office culture, our professional and personal relationships, and strengthens our approach to problem solving. Our objective is to create and maintain diversity in our workplace. We seek to foster understanding, acceptance and inclusiveness for the breadth of diversity that exists in our firm and the communities in which we live, including racial, gender, sexual orientation, religious and economic diversity. We also respect and support our clients’ activities that further a commitment to diversity in each of these areas. Pullman & Comley strives to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society, enriching us with multiple perspectives and experiences that enhance both our strategies for our clients and our contributions to the legal profession and the greater community.
Guiding Principles of Diversity at Pullman & Comley
Pullman & Comley embraces the following guiding principles of diversity:
- Ensure that all firm employees are treated with respect, dignity, civility and professionalism.
- Provide equal and equitable opportunity to each professional to maximize skill development and professional ability.
- Foster a firm culture that is welcoming and inclusive of all diverse people.
- Provide positive leadership within the legal profession and the greater community with regard to diversity issues.
- Value individual differences and recognize that these differences assist in achieving business goals.
Diversity Committee’s Mission Statement
The firm's Diversity Committee promotes and ensures Pullman & Comley’s strong commitment to providing equal opportunities in employment, promotion and retention to all qualified persons on the basis of job-related skills, ability and merit. The Diversity Committee coordinates its activities with the Recruiting Committee and the Associate Orientation Committee to ensure that applicants are considered, and that all employees are treated during employment, without discrimination related to race, religion, color, ancestry, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status or gender identity and expression.
The Diversity Committee also addresses barriers to recruiting a diverse workforce and actively supports programs that develop dialogue about diversity in the law.
Our commitment to diversity includes:
- A dynamic Diversity Committee that contributes to and actively participates in organizations that promote diversity and advocate for the protection of diversity in the workplace. The Diversity Committee also organizes internal “Lunch and Learn” sessions to educate the firm’s members on diversity topics and organizes an annual firm-wide “Day of Service” to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King.
- Longtime leadership role in the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (LCD), an association of law firms, government agencies, law schools and corporate members committed to increasing the recruitment, retention and advancement of lawyers of color, not only as good social policy, but also as an exemplary business practice. The firm was a founding member of the LCD, and Jessica Grossarth Kennedy is a member of LCD’s Board of Directors in an LGBT liaison role. Lee Hoffman, a member of Pullman & Comley’s Executive Committee is a former member of the LCD’s Board of Directors.
- A proud sponsor of several affinity bar associations, with many of our attorneys taking leadership roles within the following organizations:
- Jessica Grossarth Kennedy, founding and past chair of the LGBT section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and Erick Russell, chair, have taken an active role in the promotion and success of this section, which presents issues of particular concern to LGBT individuals in the legal profession and those who seek legal services.
- An annual “Celebrating Diversity” networking event which provides an opportunity for business owners to exchange ideas and develop relationships with other business owners, community leaders and non-profit representatives in the Greater Bridgeport Community.
- Consistent support of the New Haven County Bar Association (NHCBA), which since the 1920s has promoted diversity among its members. Robert C. Hinton is NHCBA’s past president and serves on its Executive Committee.
- Providing diversity training to educate employees about their rights and responsibilities for creating an inclusive workplace culture.
In addition, as part of our commitment to employing outstanding lawyers, Pullman & Comley participates in the Cultural Diversity Initiative (“CDI”) sponsored by the UConn Law School Diversity Committee and the various affinity student organizations at UConn Law School. The focus of CDI is to offer diverse 1L students the opportunity to interview with participating law firms in hopes of gaining employment as a summer associate. For more information on the firm’s participation in CDI, visit our Summer Program page.
Diversity & Inclusion Summit
In 2016, Pullman & Comley participated in the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit and signed a collective pledge to reaffirm our ongoing commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion within our firm and within the Connecticut legal community as a whole.
As part of the pledge, signed by nearly two dozen legal leaders in the state, the firm has agreed to fully participate in the CBA’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which provides benchmarking tools and implementation goals for the next six years and beyond. We are proud to be part of this evolutionary process that will have a positive impact on the just application of the law and strengthens the public’s trust in the administration of justice.
Diversity Committee Members
You are invited to contact a Diversity Committee member or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. The members of the Diversity Committee are: