Gibbons P.C. was honored with an “Award of Excellence” in the 15th annual Profiles in Diversity Journal “Innovations in Diversity” competition. This program recognizes corporations, organizations, and institutions that have developed innovative solutions in the area of workforce diversity, inclusion, and human equity. The winners’ innovations and successes will be featured in Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Fall 2018 issue, scheduled for publication in late November.
Gibbons was recognized for its Clerkship to Associate Pipeline (CAP) Program. Each spring or fall, the CAP Program, launched in 2018 and led by Chief Diversity Officer Robert Johnson, assists several highly qualified students of diverse backgrounds, selected by participating faculty and administrators of three area law schools (Seton Hall, Rutgers-Newark, and Rutgers-Camden) to prepare for post-law school employment.
For second-year law students, the CAP Program helps prepare for the clerkship hiring process. Gibbons attorneys conduct comprehensive mock interviews and additional structured Q&A sessions with participants and consider making appropriate introductions to one or more of the judges with whom we have worked closely. Second-year law students can also earn an early inside track to employment at Gibbons after completing their clerkships. For third-year law students, the CAP Program focuses on the post-clerkship associate hiring process, helping participants highlight different aspects of their clerkships during interviews for associate positions. Third-year students who participate in CAP also receive priority consideration for associate positions at Gibbons after completing their clerkships. Seven second-year law students participated in the first CAP Program, with six securing clerkships with judges in various state trial and appellate courts and the New Jersey Supreme Court.
The CAP Program is a resource of the Gibbons Diversity Initiative (GDI). GDI, a comprehensive strategy, comprising both internal and external components, that puts into action a longstanding commitment and involves all aspects of the firm’s operation, GDI focuses on the cultivation of a diverse workforce through training, mentoring, and retention incentives; thought leadership and outreach in connection with diversity throughout the legal and business communities; and supplier diversity.
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Profiles in Diversity Journal, now in its 20th year, is a quarterly B2B magazine focusing on diversity, inclusion and human equity in business, government, nonprofit, higher education, and military settings. The focus of the Journal is senior leadership, best practices, workforce diversity and inclusion strategies, and recognition of employee contributions.
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A description of the selection process methodology for the awards referenced is available at gibbonslaw.com/awards/.