Law Week Colorado Covers Diversity Initiative Led by Five Denver BigLaw Firms

DENVER, Colo. (May 24, 2021)—Sherman & Howard has joined forces with four firms—Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Holland & Hart, and Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell—to bring diverse talent to Denver. “The Practice Denver Initiative” was put into action following discussions between the University of Denver’s Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and the Denver Law Firm Coalition for Racial Equity. The initiative is set to develop a jointly agreed-upon strategy that will address concerns regarding hiring and retaining diverse attorneys. Sherman & Howard’s Chair of Talent Acquisition, Inclusion, and Diversity and Litigation Attorney, Melissa Reagan, emphasizes the importance of all five BigLaw firms uniting to deliver true results.

“To do this together and to recruit whole groups, including other colleagues, to the Denver community is so important to this,” Reagan said. “If it was just Sherman & Howard or Wheeler Trigg doing it on a one-off basis, we don’t think that it would get the results and create the community we want to in Denver.”

Reagan said that there is a potential for the events to also include judges, magistrates, and individuals from the Colorado attorney general’s office and the city attorney’s office for potential candidates to meet as well. She added that part of the goal is to make sure people are aware of the “wealth of opportunities for them.”

“We see it as a win if we get people to Denver and recruit them. And maybe law firm life isn’t for them, but they become a judge on the bench—to us that is promoting and improving the racial diversity in the legal community itself,” Reagan said.

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