Shulman Rogers is dedicated to creating an inclusive, respectful, and open culture comprised of talented individuals of diverse backgrounds, where our professionals are hired, trained, and promoted fairly and with equal opportunity. The firm strives to sustain a work environment in which each individual’s perspective, background and abilities are valued, and recognizes that a diverse team reflects the diversity of the real world. The firm is committed to the same with regard to business partners from whom goods and services are purchased, a solid business practice in response to client needs and commitment to the community.
INCLUSIVENESS: The free flow of information to all employees; seeking the best that everyone has to offer; valuing the potential and contribution of all employees; and engaging collaborative endeavors, teamwork and camaraderie
– Quoted from the Firm’s Core Values
Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Goals
Shulman Rogers’ goal is to attract, retain and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all genders and a broad range of racial, social, economic, religious and personal backgrounds. The firm embraces the principles of equal opportunity and further recognizes that promoting a culture of strength-based on difference is an integral component of the ongoing quest for excellence.
The Diversity Committee plans, implements and oversees the firm’s diversity initiatives. The Committee is composed of representatives from senior management, shareholders, associate attorneys and support staff, and is tasked with educating and training the workforce on diversity issues and sponsoring outreach activities and events. The Diversity Committee works closely with the Executive Committee to carry out these and other initiatives targeted at strengthening diversity throughout the firm.
Recruitment and Hiring Initiative
The firm is committed to strengthening its diversity through the recruitment and retention of minority and women attorneys and support staff from all backgrounds. Shulman Rogers continually seeks opportunities to recruit diverse professionals through ongoing partnerships with the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, Maryland’s specialty bar associations and local law schools. The firm also takes advantage of both its mergers and laterals program and summer law clerk program to attract diverse candidates.
Mergers & Laterals Integration Initiative
The Mergers and Laterals Committee actively seeks to attract and retain a diverse population by reaching out to women, racial and ethnic minority candidates. The Committee facilitates the integration of new attorneys of all backgrounds into the firm.
The firm supports the Women Business Development Group, an initiative launched in 2009 to address the business challenges and opportunities unique to women. The group addresses these issues both for Shulman Rogers’ female attorneys and for existing and prospective female clients. The Women Business Development Group frequently sponsors events hosted by various organizations in Montgomery County with an affinity for female business owners. Nancy Regelin, a Shareholder in the Shulman Rogers’ Real Estate Department, is a founder of The Power Conference, an annual event that attracts 500-700 regional businesswomen, designed to showcase women-owned businesses and the dynamic women who lead them.
Shulman Rogers undertakes community initiatives on three fronts: 1) sponsoring outreach programs that support diversity and inclusion principles, 2) partnering with a broad array of businesses to purchase products and services, and 3) achieving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
A 2020 Message From Managing Shareholder, Sam Spiritos, about Shulman Rogers’ Commitment to Promote Racial Justice
Clients, colleagues and friends:
I am proud to stand with the leaders of 17 Montgomery County law firms to voice Shulman Rogers’ full support of The Bar Association of Montgomery County’s (BAMC’s) tangible action plan to promote racial justice in our community. We have promised to engage members of our respective firms to participate in BAMC’s 20 weeks in 2020 Challenge to Learning about Racism. (click HERE for more information about the Challenge)
We pledge to continue to collaborate with the Racial Justice Council and work diligently toward eliminating racism, and to create a better, more just, more equitable and more inclusive community in Montgomery County. We will commit our energy and our resources to this pledge, and will collectively adopt and promote a series of action items, designed to eliminate racial barriers and to promote true diversity, equity and inclusion in our law firm community.