Houston Law Offices Commit to Gender Parity

Shellist Lazarz Slobin is a proud founding supporter of the Houston Bar Association’s 2021 Gender Fairness Commitment Statement. In our work, both inside and outside the courtroom, we are committed to helping to improve workplace conditions for employers and employees in all industries, including in our own. Please read the statement from the HBA to learn more about the Gender Fairness Commitment:


(Houston – August 3, 2021) Sixty-seven Houston law offices were the inaugural supporters of the Houston Bar Association’s 2021 Gender Fairness Commitment Statement. Originally drafted in 2006 and first revised in 2018 with a historical focus to advance women in the law, the current revised statement expands on previous versions to include gender diverse groups. It also broadens the language to better accommodate smaller firms, in-house legal departments, and other legal employers and removes a target date, allowing law offices to develop their own timeline for achieving measurable gender parity.

“We are proud that our members and member organizations are strongly supporting gender fairness in the legal environment,” said HBA President Jennifer Hasley.

The statement was developed by the association’s Gender Fairness Committee with input from the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the LGBTQ+ Committee and approved by the HBA Board of Directors. The statement is an opportunity for law firms, legal departments, and other institutions to pledge support for advancing gender equity in the legal profession.

Participants commit to address gender diversity in leadership positions with a material increase in representation by a target date set by the organization; implement objective, unbiased criteria and procedures for achieving equity and interrupting bias in recruitment, hiring, evaluation, assignment, retention, and promotion of attorneys into partner and/or leadership positions; and promote policies, practices, opportunities, transparency, and accountability to achieve gender equity.

Participants further pledge to obtain and act on feedback from employees and others regarding efforts to increase gender equity and equality; offer professional development opportunities that support gender equality for attorneys at all levels throughout their careers; identify and promote opportunities for gender diversity through leadership roles and advancement within the organization; and allow for flexible work arrangements that are an equitable option for all attorneys.

The following participants have demonstrated their commitment to the principles in the Houston Bar Association’s 2021 Gender Fairness Commitment Statement:

  • Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto,
  • Aziz & Stogner
  • Akerman LLP
  • Ajamie LLP
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Baker Botts L.L.P.
  • Baker Donelson
  • Baker Hostetler
  • Baker Wotring LLP
  • Berg & Androphy
  • Blank Rome LLP
  • Boulware & Valoir PLLC
  • BoyarMiller
  • Bracewell LLP
  • Cersonsky & McAnelly, P.C.
  • Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry, P.C.
  • Cozen O'Connor
  • Daniels & Tredennick, PLLC
  • Dentons US LLP
  • Fogler, Brar, O'Neil & Gray LLP
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Germer PLLC
  • Gilbert Law Firm
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Harris County Attorney's Office
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Holland & Knight LLP
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Jackson Walker LLP
  • Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC
  • Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Koons Fuller Houston
  • The Lanier Law Firm, PC
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Liskow & Lewis
  • Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Lyondell Basell
  • Madan Law PLLC
  • Mayday Law Office PLLC
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • McDowell Hetherington LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP
  • Patterson + Sheridan LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman, LLP
  • Porter Hedges LLP
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Rapp & Krock, PC
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Shellist Lazarz Slobin
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
  • Sorrels Law
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Susman Godfrey LLP
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • Thompson & Horton LLP
  • Thompson Knight LLP
  • Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • White & Case LLP
  • Yetter Coleman LLP



 

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