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Diversity + Inclusion

Hirschler believes that clients are best served by a dynamic team of lawyers with diverse backgrounds and skill sets.  The recruitment and retention of highly skilled minority candidates is a top priority for the firm. 

Firm leaders take an active role in the community organizations that are helping to create more diverse and inclusive environments.  One such organization is the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) which works with schools, businesses and communities to achieve success through inclusion.  VCIC offers a wide variety of programs, and the organization is widely recognized locally, regionally, and nationally.  Our corporate and business services practice chair Ben English has been involved in the Richmond Chapter of VCIC since 2010, serving as treasurer and a member and now chair of the State Board of Directors.  In 2016, VCIC recognized Hirschler president Jim Weinberg with its annual Humanitarian award.  Hirschler is proud to provide ongoing support to VCIC through sponsorships and individual donations.

Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion

Hirschler is firmly committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity.  We believe that diversity enhances the quality of our firm and enriches the experience of all of our lawyers and professional staff.  Our firm recruits, hires, trains and promotes qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.  Reasonable accommodation is available for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law.

Women's Initiatives Network (WIN)

One third of Hirschler’s lawyers are women. The firm recently elected its first female president, Courtney Paulk, who leads the firm’s six-member Board of Directors. A woman partner also serves as the firm’s hiring officer.  Women chair two of the firm’s 10 core practice groups, and women either lead or participate on every administrative committee within the firm.  Four out of eight professionals on the firm’s administrative management team are women.

The Women's Initiatives Network (WIN) at Hirschler was created to provide a forum for attorneys, professionals, business executives and community leaders to exchange ideas and to promote the development and success of women as leaders in the community.  Among some of the helpful programs WIN has hosted:

Redefining a Woman's Touch: How Women Excel at Conflict Resolution

Great Expectations: Empowering Foster Youth Through Higher Education

Background, Stories and Excerpts from First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families

Impactful Communications: How to Deliver Fresh, Memorable Presentations 

Information Overload: Drowning in Information, Thirsting for Knowledge?

Energizing our Communities:  Building a More Prosperous Nation through Participation

Working It: How Successful Entrepreneurs Get It Done

Media: Getting to Newsworthy in a Fully Connected World

Entrepreneurial Philanthropy, Meeting the Community Service Challenge

The Value of Civic Involvement: Empowering Women in Community and Business


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