Recruitment, Hiring and Retention
GableGotwals recognizes that outstanding people are the firm's greatest asset and diversity is an integral component of our commitment to achieve the highest level of ethical conduct and professional competence as individual attorneys and as a firm. We are committed to diverse recruitment, hiring and retention through implementation of a number of diversity initiatives and projects.
Recruitment and Hiring
The firm's recruiting committee ensures that every effort is made to recruit qualified minority and women law students for clerkships and associate positions. The Diversity Officer or a designee annually attends minority job fairs or similar outreach events to recruit qualified minority or women law students and lawyers.
The firm also encourages and participates in a number of law school diversity initiatives, including distribution of scholarships for minority students. The firm donates to the minority law student scholarship fund sponsored by the Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association ("NOBLA") that is intended to help defray the costs of tuition and related expenses for promising future lawyers whose academic achievement, dedication to public service, and strong character will diversify and strengthen the legal profession.
In 2010, the firm established the annual GableGotwals Scholarship Fund at the University of Tulsa College of Law. The scholarships will be given to students from underrepresented populations within the law school.
Because the firm believes the work environment should reflect the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of the communities in which our staff and lawyers live, it makes concerted efforts in hiring minorities and women. GableGotwals continues to maintain that status through its recruiting, hiring, retention, development and promotion of minorities and women. Each resume received by the recruitment committee is thoroughly vetted in search of attorneys that will contribute to the diversity of the firm through cultural and community involvement.
Lack of mentoring is often cited by women and minority associates as the reason they are dissatisfied with their work environment. The firm's mentoring program includes training, guidance and advice in specific legal practice areas, as well as client development and internal firm relationships.
The strength of our mentoring program is reflected in the time and attention given to appropriately matching mentors with protégés and establishing a structure and training program to facilitate the professional advancement and leadership development of minority and women lawyers.
GableGotwals takes harassment of any kind seriously. Behavior, practices, improper conduct and statements that are prejudicial to the firm's diverse population will not be tolerated. No bias will be tolerated in reviews and evaluations that determine performance, compensation and advancement. Each of those in firm leadership roles, as well as others, communicate the importance of diversity to everyone at the firm in a number of ways.