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October 2016

In the third quarter of 2016 Pullman & Comley took a number of steps to foster diversity in the greater community and here at the firm.

Doing Our Part

As a firm we understand that diversity and inclusion efforts are not just about trying to effect change in the outside world. We have a responsibility to do our part and we take that responsibility very seriously. 

During the third quarter, Pullman & Comley’s Diversity Committee formed a subcommittee comprised of attorneys Kelly O’Donnell, Brion Kirsch, Robert Hinton and Jess Grossarth to work on issues relating to the firm’s implementation of its new supplier diversity program. Also during the third quarter attorneys Lee Hoffman and Jess Grossarth met with representatives of one of our corporate clients to discuss continuation of a shared 1L diversity summer associate program.  The diversity summer associate program was initiated this past year and offers diverse first-year law students the opportunity to work at Pullman & Comley and in a corporate legal department during the summer before their second year of law school.  The program was a rousing success and both our firm and the corporate legal department plan to continue the program next year.

Staying Engaged

Throughout the third quarter, our attorneys continued their efforts to foster diversity in the Connecticut legal community and beyond.

On September 14th a group of P&C lawyers attended the South Asian Bar Association’s annual dinner at the Hartford Marriott and heard an excellent speech from former federal magistrate judge Paul Grewal – Facebook’s new Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Worldwide Litigation – on a variety of topics including diversity in the legal profession. 

Our own Jess Grossarth was instrumental in planning Connecticut’s first state-wide legal diversity summit which took place on October 26th at Quinnipiac School of Law. Additionally, the firm has been hard at work putting together the finishing touches for the fourth annual “Celebrating Diversity” event that the firm puts on annually in Bridgeport conjunction with People’s United Bank. This event provides a forum to showcase minority and LGBT-owned businesses in the Greater Bridgeport area and takes place in the lobby of the People’s United Bank building. This year’s event is scheduled for November 2nd.   

Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council “GNEMSDC” Seminar Series [http://gnemsdc.org/ ] continues with our own Sharon Freilich and George Kasper scheduled to speak at GNEMSDC’s offices in October on the Affordable Care Act. Also, our own Nancy Hancock will serve as a panelist for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s  “Building a Diverse, Equal and Empowered Workforce” panel event to be held on October 13th at Housatonic Community College.

Last but certainly not least, in the third quarter the firm began planning for its annual day of service project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Every year the firm performs a community service project on MLK day in our local community.  Last year’s day of service project took place in Waterbury.

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