Diversity & Inclusion
Quarles & Brady has a rich history of community service, embraced by our civic-minded lawyers and staff. One aspect of this service is our Diversity Initiative Pipeline Program, which focuses on encouraging underrepresented minorities to consider the legal profession as a career. Our efforts touch students at every stage in their educations, from elementary through college, into law school and the early stages of their legal careers. We have a sustained track record of working with students and encouraging them to stay in school, graduate, go on to college, and select rewarding careers in the law or another field.
Key elements of our Pipeline Program include:
We seek to improve academic performance, encourage students to continue their educations, enrich students’ lives, and provide outstanding role models by connecting with each student on a personal level. We would like to see all of our students become successful lawyers, but we are also pleased to see them go on to productive careers in whatever field they select.
- Partnerships with Benjamin Franklin School in Milwaukee, Capitol Elementary School in Phoenix, Carrillo Intermediate Magnet School in Tucson, and Golden Terrace Elementary School in Naples.
- Internships and support of high school students from Cristo Rey in Milwaukee and Perspectives Charter School and Legal Prep Academy High School in Chicago; financial and mentoring support through the Chicago Debate League, OneGoal, and the Don Huber Challenge moot court competition in Chicago.
- Providing scholarship opportunities through the Leo Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, as well as a partnership with our client GE Healthcare and Street Law, Inc. to hold daylong workshops designed to increase knowledge of and interest in the law and legal careers. In addition, partnerships continue at the career level through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, the John Daniels/Quarles & Brady ABA Diversity Scholarship, the Ave Maria Internship in Naples, and the Arizona State University and University of Arizona minority writing programs.
Our diversity & inclusion efforts across our individual offices supporting the two main Quarles Cares initiatives—anti-bullying and summer hunger:
- Each of our 10 offices hosted various activities to recognize Anti-Bullying Month. Activities included:
- Attorneys and staff across all offices were encouraged to wear orange on a designated day to support anti-bullying efforts.
- The Milwaukee office conceived and attended an anti-bullying presentation at its adopted school, Benjamin Franklin School. The First Stage Children’s Theater and Ben Franklin students performed skits, and the firm presented the school with a donation check and a Buddy Bench, which has been installed at the school and encourages children to befriend those who are feeling left out.
- For a second year, the Tampa office partnered with Roland Park K-8 Magnet School and sponsored its annual Anti-Bullying Art Contest. Students from each grade were asked to visually express an anti-bullying message through artwork. Members of the Tampa office voted on the best artwork from each grade and appeared on their morning show to announce the winners.
- Our Madison office hosted the 100 Black Men of Madison 2015 Mentor and Educator Appreciation Breakfast.
- The Quarles & Brady Women’s Forum hosted a holiday faire in the Madison office, providing female clients with an exclusive holiday shopping experience.
- James Nahale Ua Kamoku, native of Kealakekua, Hawaii, spoke at a Madison office King Kamehameha celebration.
For More Information
For further detail regarding our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, please contact Darlene Austin, our Director of Diversity, Employee Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility at (414) 277-5228 / [email protected].