Dedicated to promoting a more diverse and inclusive culture, we value creating a place in which appreciation and respect for individual differences informs every aspect of our firm – from hiring and mentoring to client engagements.
A diverse and inclusive Bell Nunnally will serve our clients better by marshalling the wealth of perspectives and experiences that each attorney brings to counseling and advocating on their behalf. Bell Nunnally resolves to accomplish its mission of creating a more inclusive workplace by adhering to the following principles:
- We value diversity and recognize the importance of individual differences when hiring and retaining attorneys.
- Each lawyer will take a different path to success.
- We empower and support our lawyers in advancing their professional goals.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Led by Bell Nunnally’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, we continually look for opportunities to improve our internal and external support of diverse communities, embracing differences in race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, background, experience and other individual characteristics. We also support our attorneys’ participation in minority bar associations and community initiatives.
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Bell Nunnally has been a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) since 2017. The organization is comprised of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to building a more open and diverse legal profession.
In 2021, Bell Nunnally was named a “Compass Award” winner by LCLD. The Compass Award recognizes individuals and organizations that fulfill the following requirements in a single calendar year:
- Member attendance at the 2020 LCLD Annual Membership Meeting and/or Member attendance at a 2021 Leadership Summit and/or submission of a Leader’s Pledge.
- Participation in the LCLD Fellows and Pathfinder Programs.
- Participation in an LCLD Pipeline program (the 1L Scholars program or the Success in Law School Mentoring Program).
LCLD “Fellows Program” members are mid-career professionals who have been nominated by their company or law firm’s executive members in recognition of strong past performance and leadership. The “Fellow” year focuses on relationship-building, in-person training, peer-group projects and extensive contact with LCLD’s leadership. Since joining the group, Bell Nunnally has sent one mid-career professional each year to participate in the Fellows Program. LCLD “Pathfinder Program” members are early career attorneys, also nominated by their company or organization, who have three-to-five years of practice experience. The initiative aims to arm its set of diverse, high-potential professionals with practical tools for developing and leveraging internal professional networks. The “Pathfinder Program” focuses on relationship building, foundational leadership instruction and career development activities. Bell Nunnally has sent two, early career attorneys annually to participate in the Pathfinder Program.
Bell Nunnally is a proud signatory of the Texas Competes pledge. Texas Competes’ mission is to provide a unified voice for the Texas business community on the clear economic and business case for a Texas that offers fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. That unified voice takes the form of the Texas Competes pledge, which creates an opportunity for business leaders to clarify their shared economic interests in a fair and welcoming Texas for LGBT people.
Dallas Business Journal’s Leader in Diversity Awards
Bell Nunnally has been the Presenting Sponsor for the Dallas Business Journal Leaders in Diversity Awards since 2017. These awards honor leaders and decision-makers of diverse ethnic backgrounds with a track-record of excelling in advocating for others in their communities and workplaces.