DENVER, April 16, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has been selected as the law department’s Spirit of Diversity Partner.
A Spirit of Diversity Partner is the partner law firm that Qwest® believes best demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity within its firm and also within the legal community. This is the first year a Qwest diversity partner has been selected.
“Qwest is committed to diversity in all aspects of our business,” said Rich Baer, executive vice president and general counsel, Qwest. “The purpose of selecting a Spirit of Diversity Partner is to communicate our values, assess firms’ contributions toward creating a diverse legal profession and partner with them to continue promoting diversity. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck should be proud of its approach to diversity and we are proud to be associated with the firm.”
Qwest’s partner law firms were asked to complete a survey that was evaluated based upon the National Association of Law Placement standards (NALP) and the firms’ diversity activities. Criteria included the overall demographic profile of the participating firms, and detail about the firms’ activities to increase diversity in the profession, including having a dedicated diversity officer, a formal diversity recruiting and retention program and volunteerism in the community.
“This is quite an honor,” said Bruce James, managing partner and CEO of Brownstein. “We’re proud to be recognized by Qwest for something we consider an integral part of our recruiting efforts and for what we’ve accomplished as a result.”
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has implemented several diversity initiatives that have tripled the firm’s representation of diverse attorneys in three years. The firm also actively participates in the Sturm College of Law “Pledge to Diversity Program,” offering positions to summer law students, and is involved with the Goodwill’s Earn and Learn program that provides jobs to high school students.
In honor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Qwest will make a $2,500 donation to one of Qwest’s pro bono clients, the Colorado Lawyers Committee (Hate Violence Task Force).
Founded in 1968, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP is a respected national firm in corporate counsel, natural resource representation, government relations, litigation and real estate law. With more than 240 attorneys and legislative consultants across 12 offices, the firm's broad resources allow it to assemble the right team of legal talent for any deal or case, no matter the size, complexity or location.
Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class Spirit of Service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest’s powerful combination of award-winning high-speed Internet,home and wireless voice solutions and digital TV includes a new generation of fiber-optic Internet services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.