Our Commitment to Our Professionals and Our Clients
BuckleySandler LLP is strongly committed to diversity. The firm’s commitment is rooted in the belief that each individual’s unique background contributes a distinct and valuable perspective in our working environment, enriching the day-to-day experience of our professionals, and enabling us to better serve our clients. BuckleySandler ensures broad-based diversity within the firm by recruiting, retaining, and promoting professionals with diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, diversity of race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and physical ability.
Our Commitment to Equality
Under current federal law, as well as the laws of some states, the value of health insurance benefits for same-sex spouses or same-sex domestic partners and their families is treated as taxable income. BuckleySandler provides a gross-up payment to offset resulting taxes in order to ameliorate this unfair financial impact.
Converting Our Commitment into Action
BuckleySandler has an active Diversity Committee, comprised of associates, counsel, and partners, chaired by partner Jonice Gray Tucker. The Diversity Committee is charged with providing strategic guidance relative to the firm’s mission of maintaining and further expanding diversity among its professionals.
BuckleySandler participates in diverse attorney recruiting initiatives spearheaded by top law schools and various legal affinity organizations, as well as those of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) and the Vault Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Legal Diversity Career Fair. The firm also is a proud sponsor of the D.C. Roadshow, through which it participates in career development seminars for African-American students at law schools nationwide.
BuckleySandler was #32 of 233 firms on The American Lawyer's 2012 Diversity Scorecard, an annual ranking of large U.S. law firms according to their percentage of minority attorneys and percentage of minority partners. The American Lawyer also named BuckleySandler as a Diversity Scorecard Honoree.
Through the Diversity Committee, BuckleySandler sponsors a lunch series to provide an open forum for discussion of issues of interest and importance to attorneys who are members of diverse groups. The Diversity Committee is also instrumental in driving other initiatives that are critical to retaining diverse attorneys.
Outside the firm, our attorneys are active participants in professional organizations that foster networking and interaction among members of diversity groups, including:
- National Bar Association (which serves African-American attorneys)
- South Asian Bar Association
- National Hispanic Bar Association
- National LGBT Bar Association
- Women in Housing and Finance
One of our attorneys is the Immediate Past-President of the South Asian Bar Association of DC, and another is President-Elect of the Greater Washington Area Division of the National Bar Association (GWAC).
A number of BuckleySandler attorneys also serve as officers, directors and board members of non-profit organizations which are focused on achieving parity for diverse members of our society, including the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the Youth Leadership Foundation (YLF).
BuckleySandler has been a proud sponsor of the Corporate Counsel of Color Career Strategies Conferences for the last three years and of the Lavender Law Conference for the last two years.
In addition, BuckleySandler is a proud supporter of the HistoryMakers, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, developing, and providing access to an internationally recognized archival collection of African-American oral histories.