Hooper, Lundy & Bookman is committed to creating and fostering diversity in our workplace and supporting a workforce inclusive of people with varied backgrounds, including individuals from groups that are under-represented in the healthcare law bar and its leadership. We believe that diversity makes us a better and more innovative firm that provides the best service for our clients. We understand that diversity, equity and inclusion need to be lived, not just talked about.
The firm has an active Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that is an essential part of bringing our commitment to life. The Committee fosters professional development of attorneys and government relations professionals from under-represented groups, supplements the firm’s efforts to recruit diverse candidates at all levels, bolsters retention and advancement within the firm of individuals from groups that are under-represented in health law and policy and firm leadership, and instills within the firm a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
In March 2022, we partnered with the Diversity Lab on its Mansfield Rule for midsized law firms. The Mansfield Rule seeks to increase the representation of women and underrepresented lawyers in leadership.
The firm’s Managing Shareholder and Chairman of the Board is a member of The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. In May 2022, Mark pledged his commitment to LCLD’s Legal Diversity Leaders at the Front Initiative, designed to dismantle barriers preventing underrepresented attorneys from achieving the highest levels of leadership in law firms and corporate legal departments.
Many of the firm’s lawyers are in leadership positions with minority bar associations, women’s legal associations, and other professional groups, and the firm encourages involvement in those associations. Through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, the firm sponsors and participates in many diversity related events.
To support a diverse and inclusive workforce, we seek to recruit personnel from a variety of backgrounds. We strictly prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other basis prohibited by law. The firm has also adopted the Mansfield Rule in attorney recruiting. The firm is guided by a strategic plan that is updated periodically to reflect best practices and input from members of the firm. Most recently, in January 2020, we undertook a firmwide survey, engaging all employees for their input to reflect the next iteration of the strategic plan.
Finally, as a law firm that focuses solely on the health care industry, health equity and improving health outcomes for underrepresented communities is a mission we embrace. We work closely with, and donate to, organizations in our local communities that share our commitment to health equity and racial justice.
Hooper, Lundy & Bookman is pleased to announce the publication of our 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Annual Report. Click the link below to view the report.