Polsinelli Attorneys Recognized for Leadership in Fostering Diversity and Inclusion
Polsinelli strengthened its diversity and inclusion team this month by recruiting Jittaun A. Dill, of St. Louis, to serve as its National Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion
“As a national law firm with 800 attorneys across the country serving businesses in nearly every industry, diversity is a vital priority,” said Polsinelli’s National Director of Diversity and Inclusion J. Danielle Carr. “Having an inclusive work environment is demonstrated not only by our efforts to cultivate our own employee culture and policies, but also through the involvement of our attorneys within the broader legal community.”
Prior to joining Polsinelli, Dill practiced law for more than six years. She earned her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, and a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tennessee State University. Active within the St. Louis community, she volunteers with a number of United Way partner agencies. Together, Carr and Dill work with firm leadership to implement diversity programming abetting the firm’s professional development, recruitment and client service goals.
“Polsinelli’s diversity and inclusion efforts consist of a five-pillar application: community outreach, professional and leadership development, knowledge expansion, retention and inclusion, and recruitment,” said Polsinelli Shareholder Dan E. Cranshaw, who serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. “Our attorneys value the role diversity plays and understand that our inclusive culture is integral to our firm’s ongoing success.”
Pointing to the firm’s promise, numerous Polsinelli attorneys participate in leadership roles with local and national organizations that encourage diversity and inclusion within the legal profession. The firm is particularly proud to honor several attorneys who have been recently recognized, including:
- Carr, who in addition to aiding several regional associations and also serves on the National Bar Association Board of Governors, was honored this month by three organizations, including:
- Missouri Asian American Bar Association (MAABA) as the 2017 recipient of its Torchbearer Award. She is the first African American woman to receive this honor.
- St. Louis University Black Students Association with the Ronda F. Williams Service Award.
- Missouri Lawyer’s Media with the Women’s Justice Enterprise Award.
- Richard Juang, Associate, was elected to serve as president of the MAABA and is one of the youngest attorneys to ever hold the position.
- Margaux Savee, Principal, was selected last month for inclusion in the 2017 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow program.
- Henry Talavera, Shareholder, was included in the 2017 Class of Diverse Business Leaders by the Dallas Business Journal.
- Peter Corsale, Shareholder, was elected to serve as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis.
- The firm’s National Women’s Initiative Committee, led by St. Louis Office Managing Partner Jane E. Arnold, ushered the firm two years in a row to receive “Gold Standard Certification” from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for incorporating women into the highest levels of firm leadership. Only 31 firms in the U.S. achieved this recognition.
“Engaging diverse perspectives benefits Polsinelli as a business and helps us better serve our clients,” Arnold said. “As a woman attorney, I have experienced firsthand the strides we have made during the past decade to both attract and retain women in the legal profession over the course of their lives and throughout their careers. But there is always more work to be done.”