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Diversity is a core value at Nilan Johnson Lewis:

We recognize that all talented people can lend value to our organization, and we are committed to affording opportunities not only for women and minorities, but for those with different backgrounds or lifestyles, to share their talents productively.

Our firm has made a strong commitment to diversity in the hiring, advancement, and retention of women, people of color, and those with different backgrounds and lifestyles. We seek meaningful ways to retain and support our people in developing a rewarding career.

 What We are Doing

  • NJL has created a separate, internal task force to analyze and improve our recruiting and retention practices with a specific focus on racial/ethnic diversity.
  • We have established relationships with each of the local diverse bar organizations — Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, National Asian Pacific Bar Association, the Lavender Bar Association as well as the diverse student organizations at the Minnesota law schools. We use those contacts to generate candidates for job openings, and ways to improve our support for, and expand our involvement in, the various minority bar associations and their events in the Twin Cities.
  • University of Minnesota Law School Scholarship – Nilan Johnson Lewis established this fund in 1999 to support annual scholarships for qualified second and third year law students.  Students must demonstrate financial need, outstanding academic achievement and commitment to entering and enhancing the private practice of law.  Preference is given to female students when awarding this scholarship.
  • NJL is a member of Diversity in Practice, a joint group of in-house law departments and private law firms focused on attraction, recruitment, advancement and retention of attorneys of color.
  • We also participate in the City of Minneapolis’ Step-Up program.  The program provides internship opportunities within our firm for ethnic and racially diverse students.

What We Also Offer

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Domestic partnership benefits including bereavement and parenting leave
  • Telecommuting options
  • Reduced-hour schedules and other arrangements to help balance family and career

*Currently, women make up 44% of our attorneys. Thirty-nine percent of our shareholders are female, well above the national average of 22% (2016, Law360 Glass Ceiling Report). In addition, our board of directors is majority female.

For a further description of our commitment to diversity, please click here.