DENVER – Oct. 13, 2009 – Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) announced today that Sherman & Howard L.L.C. has been selected as the Qwest Law Department’s Spirit of Diversity Partner. This annual award is meant to recognize a partner law firm that best demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity within its firm and the legal community.
“At Qwest, we place great value on the influence of our employees’, customers’ and business partners’ different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs,” said Rich Baer, executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative ofose 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.”
Qwest’s partner law firms were each asked to complete a survey that was evaluated based upon the National Association of Law Placement standards (NALP) and the firms’ diversity activities. Specific survey criteria included the overall demographic profile of the participating firms and detail about the firm’s 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.
Sherman & Howard has a long-standing commitment to diversity. In 1993, the firm was a charter member of the Colorado Pledge to Diversity Legal Group and assisted with drafting that group’s Pledge document. In addition, Sherman & Howard has participated in the Group’s 1L Program since its inception in 2001. The firm has hired eight diverse first year students through the program and has invited seven of those students to return for their 2L summer and the opportunity to earn an associate position at the firm following graduation. At the high-school level, the firm has been a corporate work-study partner with Arrupe Jesuit High School since 2004 and employs four students annually through the work-study progt;
Sherman & Howard is proud to have many diverse attorneys involved in management at both the firm and department levels. Minority and women attorneys serve in roles including the chief executive, executive committee member, chairperson of the firm, three of the firm’s six department managers, marketing partner and hiring partner.
“Sherman & Howard is honored to be recognized by the Qwest Law Department,” said Sherman & Howard Chief Executive R. Michael Sanchez. “Our firm is committed to maintaining a diverse, inclusive environment as part of our long-term strategic plan.”
Qwest will also recognize Sherman & Howard by making a $500 donation to the Colorado Lawyers Committee in the firm’s honor. As part of the company’s overall commitment to diversity, Qwest created the Diversity Law Committee in 2006 to work toward increasing diversity in the legal profession. This year, the Qwest Law Department received the 2009 Employer of Choice-Western Region from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. In 2008, the Qwest Law Department received the Outstanding Corporate Award from the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and also received the Diversity Leadership award from the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. The Qwest Law Department was the major sponsor of the Sept. 2007 Denver Diversity Law Conference, which brought leaders from across the country to brainstorm ideas to increase diversity in the legal profession
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About Sherman & Howard
Established in 1892, Sherman & Howard L.L.C. is the oldest law firm in Denver, with more than 200 attorneys serving clients in a wide range of industries. The firm provides its clients with assistance in most aspects of law affecting businesses and public institutions, and maintains offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, Steamboat Springs, Vail and Aspen, CO; Reno and Las Vegas, NV; Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ; and St. Louis, MO.
About The Colorado Lawyers Committee
The Colorado Lawyers Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of 50 Denver area law firms dedicated to providing and increasing opportunities for children, the poor, and other disadvantaged communities. For the past 31 years, Colorado Lawyers Committee volunteers have focused on systemic change through advocacy, negotiation, and litigation using “all the skills and discipline of the law in the service of others.”
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