Diversity has been an important part of Carrington Coleman’s history since its very beginning. The firm believes in hiring and promoting based on an individual’s talent and performance, rather than based on their gender, ethnicity, or beliefs. In 1976, the firm hired now-Federal-Judge Barbara Lynn at a time when most large firms were refusing to hire women. Seven years later, Lynn became the firm’s first female partner, and she was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee when she left to take the bench. Today, the firm remains committed to the goal of strengthening our diversity through recruiting and retaining minority and women attorneys and staff from all backgrounds. As a result of the firm’s commitment to diversity, many of the leadership positions in the firm are filled by minorities and/or women.
We also commit time and resources to building the pipeline of qualified diverse candidates into the legal profession. The firm sponsors and participates in the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, which provides minority law students with judicial internship opportunities. The firm also participates in the DISD summer internship program, which places disadvantaged high-school students in internships with law firms and corporate legal departments. The firm also supports the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, which strives to provide every DISD student the opportunity to participate in rigorous academic policy debate—thus inspiring and training the lawyers of tomorrow. The firm also supports organizations aimed at providing assistance to the underrepresented and economically disadvantaged—like Community Partners of Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, the Family Place, and Children’s Health—to help provide the most at-risk members of our community with a safe and healthy environment in which to thrive.