At Harter Secrest & Emery LLP “commitment to diversity” is a core value. It’s an integral part of the foundation on which we work and how we conduct ourselves with clients and the community we serve. Marilyn Loden and Judy B. Rosener say it well in their book called "Workforce America!: Managing Employee Diversity as a Vital Resource:"

“Diversity: All of the similarities and differences that make people who they are. Managing diversity as an asset does not require expertise in cultural differences. Within the next decade, the demographics of the American workplace will continue to shift dramatically away from the Euro-American male majority to populations characterized by diversity and segmentation. This new plurality will include people of all races, ethnic backgrounds, ages, lifestyles, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and physical capabilities. The philosophy of valuing diversity empowers all employees to use their skills and experience creatively. As diversity increases, open membership, shared influences, mutual respect, and candor become significant factors in effective functioning."

August 2017: Harter Secrest & Emery Receives Diversity Award from WNY Chapter of Women’s Bar Association

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, a full-service business law firm with offices throughout New York, was recently presented with the 2017 WNY WBASNY Diversity Award by the Western New York Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York during the association’s annual awards ceremony. Harter Secrest & Emery is the first recipient of the Diversity Award.

The Diversity Award recognizes individuals or organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting full and equal participation in the legal profession through the encouragement and involvement of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and/or persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities. The award is given to show gratitude to those individuals and organizations who have effected real change in the legal profession, and to remove barriers that stand in the way of equality.

Please view the links in the left navigation bar for more details on our diversity efforts.