Diversity is one of the firm’s core values. We believe that diversity in backgrounds, experiences and ideas enriches our lives and enhances the quality of the work performed by the professionals at Christian & Small.
We promote the treatment of every person with dignity and respect. Differences encourage us to look at problems from a fresh perspective, to be creative and strengthen our collaborative approach to every matter we handle for our clients. Our commitment to diversity is reflected in every aspect of the firm — from lawyer recruiting and retention, to firm management, to personal involvement in civic organizations that support and promote diversity.
Christian & Small is the first Alabama firm to join the prestigious Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD). Formed in 2009 to advance diversity in the legal profession, the LCLD is an organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to a truly diverse profession.
Deborah Alley Smith and Ken Simon attended the LCLD First Annual Membership Meeting in October, 2010 and the second annual meeting in October, 2011. Deborah currently serves on the Talent Development Committee, one of four strategic committees formed at the meeting.
Mike Vercher is a graduate of the graduate of the LCLD Fellow’s Program. Jon Macklem is a current LCLD Fellow. The council’s Fellows Program is intended to help diversify the legal profession by producing attorneys with strong leadership and networking skills who enjoy relationships with industry leaders — and who are committed to fostering diversity within their individual institutions. The program has several components, including three in-person conferences throughout the year. Fellows will work together in small groups on a specific project throughout the year that will address an actual legal problem within an organization.
Christian & Small is an equal opportunity employer.