At Robinson Bradshaw, we believe we can better solve our clients' problems when our team is made up of diverse individuals. We are dedicated to promoting an inclusive work environment in which people with different backgrounds share a commitment to our core ideals of professionalism, excellence and teamwork. We recognize that both the professional and personal rewards of our shared efforts are enhanced by this spirit of inclusion.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee focuses the firm's efforts to maintain an environment that embraces individual differences and promotes the personal inclusion of all lawyers by:
- Ensuring that our spirit of inclusion is communicated internally and externally
- Welcoming new lawyers and fostering their personal involvement in the firm
- Supporting the firm's efforts to recruit, mentor, retain and develop lawyers with diverse backgrounds, outlooks and interests
- Evaluating and supporting opportunities to partner with others in the bar and the community in diversity initiatives
A number of our lawyers are personally engaged in promoting diversity in our communities. Examples include:
- Robert E. Harrington served as the co-chair of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a leading national civil rights organization for lawyers established in 1963 by President Kennedy. Rob also received the 2015 Julius L. Chambers Diversity Champion Award from the Mecklenburg County Bar.
- Julian H. Wright Jr. served as chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Equity Committee for five years.
- Angelique R. Vincent-Hamacher served as an appointed member of the South Carolina State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
- Charles E. Johnson serves on the board of directors of The Diversity Forum. He previously served on the Minorities in the Profession Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association.
- Dianne Chipps Bailey is on the boards of advisors for the Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange, Women's Philanthropy Institute and Women's Impact Fund. She previously served as president of Women Executives and as the Women's Impact Fund board chair.
- Benjamin A. Johnson serves as counsel for Clinton Junior College, founded by the AME Zion Church.
- Charles E. Johnson serves on the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee. D. Blaine Sanders served as the committee chair from 2015-16.
Our firm as a whole strives to promote diversity in both the legal sector and the community. Robinson Bradshaw was an original signatory to the Mecklenburg County Bar's 2002 Call to Action to increase bar diversity and has participated in the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program since its inception in 2004.
Robinson Bradshaw also co-sponsored the award-winning "Courage" exhibit and programs at Charlotte's Levine Museum of the New South.
Our attorneys have served as pro bono counsel to various community groups, including the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte and the Minority Scholarship Foundation, a community foundation serving college-bound students in York County, South Carolina.
Through the combined efforts of individual attorneys, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the firm, we strive to achieve and promote the ideals of openness, diversity and inclusiveness.