Diversity & Inclusion

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Nowadays, many colleges, firms and companies talk a good a game about diversity, equity and inclusion.

At Shelton & Steele, we’re absolutely committed to it. Let’s talk hard numbers. Sixty percent of our firm is women, minorities and LGBTQ. But we make sure that our firm doesn’t just have representation, it has inclusion and equity. Our executive management team is 75% minority and LGBTQ.


Further, we will not accept a law firm as a client, unless they meet one or more of the following conditions:

1. They are above average when it comes to diverse attorney representation in their firm.

2. They have demonstrated that diverse attorneys are appropriately represented in the partnership ranks, as well as firm management.

3. If a firm is smaller, they must be fully committed to DE&I and have a formal program in place – or have retained us or another consulting firm to help them with their efforts in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


Additionally, we are working with HCBU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) to offer them over $100,000.00 worth of free webinars and consulting per year on subjects that include: Career Management and Strategies for Lawyers, How to Build and Maintain a High Value Network, How to Get Quoted and Published in National Media, How to Build a Professional Brand That Attracts Clients, How to Leverage Social Media Into Clients and more.


The reason we’re doing this is simple: Equity. It’s no secret that Rainmakers wield tremendous power at law firms. Our goal is to give diverse students and attorneys every possible advantage, before they even begin their careers (although we allow alumni to attend the webinars too!). By teaching students and attorneys at HCBU’s how to become rainmakers, we increase the odds that they will gain equity partnership and leadership roles in the firms they join.


Here is the article our CEO published in American Lawyer Media, in March 2022 (If you can't view it, let us know and we'll be happy to send you a copy in Word format):


Can Howard U Compete with Harvard University? Yes.  - American Lawyer Media

From Our Team

"In an industry that is predominantly peopled by white men, there is an underlying culture that can be  'professional standard'. Certainly an attorney should carry a level of business and professional acumen, but there is a fine line between professionalism and personality limitations. If a law firm is serious about truly being diverse and inclusive, they have to be willing to broaden the perception of what their firm culture is through education."

- Ayven Dodd

   D&I Consultant

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