Archer maintains a strong commitment to fostering diversity in the firm and strives to create a workplace environment which embraces differences in perspectives and cultures so that all can work in an atmosphere of inclusion and respect. This not only provides Archer employees with an opportunity to flourish in their careers, but also optimizes the firm’s ability to provide exceptional service to its clients. The communities we serve in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, are cultural meccas, so we strive to be diverse in the services each lawyer offers, including, environmental, employment, business and corporate, family and estate planning and insurance law. Diversity widens our experience and perspective for understanding the needs of our clients and the community and enhances our ability to serve a broad client base while also creating additional opportunities to attract and develop talented professionals and staff.
Archer supports a wide variety of initiatives that show our commitment to diversity and inclusion. These initiatives involve attorneys at the highest levels of firm management and include recruitment, retention and mentoring programs to enhance opportunities for minority and women attorneys.
The Diversity Committee at Archer was created to review, recommend and implement policies and initiatives which put into practice our overarching goal of building a diverse team of attorneys. Diversity Committee membership is approved by the firm’s Board of Directors and the President of the firm sits on the Committee. Members of the Committee include lawyers from a variety of locations including Philadelphia and New Jersey, backgrounds, professional roles, and practice areas such as family, commercial litigation or labor law.
The core functions of the Diversity Committee include:
- Working on a collaborative basis with the firm’s Personnel and Hiring Committees and firm management to review current practices regarding recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring, evaluation and advancement and to make recommendations that will enhance the firm’s opportunities to recruit, develop and retain diverse candidates;
- Reviewing and recommending initiatives for diversity and other training to enhance communication and education at all levels;
- Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of initiatives and best practices in the legal industry for enhancing diversity and inclusion at the firm and serving as a resource for those who request the Committee’s advice or support; and
- Recommending opportunities, such as conferences, networking events and organization membership, which enhance professional development and support the firm’s diversity initiatives.
Diversity Scholarships and Summer Associate Program
Archer’s Diversity Committee also oversees the firm’s scholarship programs for diverse students at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden and the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. These scholarship initiatives were developed by the firm in partnership with the schools, which also help administer the programs. The firm provides tuition support each year to two diverse Temple Law students and three diverse Rutgers-Camden Law students. The scholarships also include an offer of employment as a summer associate at Archer. The Temple program offers recipients the additional opportunity of spending part of the summer working in the City of Philadelphia Law Department.
Archer has also participated for many years in the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) First-Year Summer Program. Through this program, the firm annually hires at least one law student from the PDLG’s list of diverse candidates, all first-year law students who have overcome obstacles in pursuing a legal career, come from disadvantaged backgrounds, or from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the Philadelphia area legal community.
Diversity Committee Members
Members of the Diversity Committee include attorneys from a variety of backgrounds and professional roles. Current Diversity Committee members, as approved by the firm’s Board of Directors, include:
- Carlos M. Bollar, Chair, Diversity Committee
- Christopher R. Gibson, President of the firm
- Trevor Cooney
- Lloyd Freeman
- Alex Paul Genato
- Carlton L. Johnson
- Debra S. Rosen
- Stacey Sinclair
- Shelley Smith
Our Diversity Committee members are involved in numerous community and professional activities outside the firm and are frequent guest speakers on recruitment, hiring and retention issues. Representative activities include membership in and leadership positions with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania; Asian Pacific Lawyers Association of New Jersey; National Association of Asian American Professionals; Barristers Association of Philadelphia; 100 Black Men of Philadelphia; Urban League of Philadelphia; Women’s Law Project; Public Interest Law Center; United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Hispanic Bar Association – New Jersey; and Garden State Bar Association.