Thompson Coe affinity groups were created to foster a supportive and inclusive environment that values the unique perspectives of attorneys from all backgrounds. Each of our affinity groups are focused on professional development, networking, mentorship, and increasing leadership opportunities for its members at all stages of their career.
- FORWARD Women
- PRIDE LGBTQ+
- The Collective – network for Black Attorneys
The mission of our affinity groups is to foster a robust, supportive, and inclusive network at Thompson Coe that reflects the gender, racial, and cultural diversity of our communities.
To ensure our clients have access to the best legal talent available, Thompson Coe is actively committed to the recruitment and hiring of lawyers who not only possess great legal abilities, but also varied cultural and social backgrounds. The firm participates in job fairs and association events at law schools across the country with diverse student populations in an effort to recruit talented lawyers with a broad spectrum of skills and viewpoints. We believe this approach to recruiting not only improves our practice, but enhances Thompson Coe as a whole.
Retain and Advance
Developing our associates and preparing them for success in their new career is a vital component of our retention initiative, and is one that goes hand in hand with our diversity efforts. In order to understand their needs, and to create an environment for their continued success, we have devised a mentorship program that pairs them with a senior attorney to ensure they become integrated into their sections, the firm and the practice of law. By having an experienced attorney committed to their success, we feel our associates will have the tools they need to create their own.
To foster growth and advancement, our associates are provided opportunities early in their careers to take on challenging, meaningful and substantive legal matters. We also encourage and facilitate direct client contact to ensure their potential is maximized. As our attorneys gain experience we take tremendous pride in seeing them assume leadership positions in our firm, in our profession and in our community.
Since the 1990s, our firm has offered alternative part-time arrangements for attorneys who want to adjust their work hours to accommodate family responsibilities. This has allowed the firm to retain top talent while providing the flexibility they need at different stages of their lives. These attorneys have continued to develop their careers while working reduced hours, and many have returned to full-time practice once their family obligations have changed. We recognize that these alternative arrangements are valuable to both the firm and the attorneys involved.
While we may all share important qualities – intelligence, creativity, and a strong work ethic – it is important to create spaces and opportunities that celebrate our unique experiences.
In an effort to continue our diversity efforts beyond Thompson Coe, and to encourage minority students to consider law as a career, we have established initiatives targeted at the development of diverse youth in our community. Our initiatives to assist aspiring attorneys in pursuing such opportunities include:
- Funding scholarships for minority high school or college students
- Participating in or hosting mock trial programs or career events
- Providing internships or employment to local minority high school students
- Participating in programs that allow undergraduate students to shadow our attorneys
- Mentoring high school and college students