Jenner & Block

Chambers Associate Profiles Firm’s LGBT Community

Jenner & Block’s LGBT community, history and diversity efforts are the subject of a detailed profile in Chambers Associate.  Titled “LGBT Diversity at Jenner & Block,” the article the article notes how the firm is a diversity leader among its peers in recruiting LGBT lawyers -- almost 12 percent of associates identify as LGBT, “the only large firm in Chambers Associate where the percentage is even in the double figures.” The article cites the firm’s more than 20-year history of advocating for LGBT civil rights and describes the firm’s extensive outreach efforts including how it participates in law school events to help recruit diverse associates.  The article also notes that the firm’s leadership actively support diversity. 

The feature includes photos of and quotes several firm lawyers, including Partner Paul M. Smith, chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice who successfully argued Lawrence v. Smith in 2003; tax Partner Gail H. Morse, who was inducted in the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame last year; New York Associate Thomas D. Garza; Chicago Associate Emily K. McWilliams; Partner Susan J. Kohlmann, chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and managing partner of the New York office; and Chief Talent Officer Charlotte L. Wager.