Our Commitment to Diversity
Rodey fosters a firm-wide culture that promotes diversity. This culture is reflected in Rodey’s efforts to recruit lawyers who will provide unique background, experience, and perspective, which benefits not only the firm, but the clients we serve. Rodey strongly supports the professional careers of female attorneys, attorneys of color, LGBT attorneys, and attorneys with disabilities.
In order to maintain and further enhance this culture, Rodey has a standing Diversity Committee which assists with recruiting and retaining lawyers, as well as promoting firm-wide diversity. Our lawyers also serve on bar associations which support and promote the advancement of attorneys of color, as well as attorneys of various religious faiths. Recently, our managing director, Charles Vigil, was honored by the University of Michigan Law School with the J.T. Canales Distinguished Alumni Award for significant contribution to empowering the Latino community and the next generation of Latino lawyers and leaders.
The Rodey culture is collegial, team-oriented, and balanced. We have many of the finest litigators and transactional attorneys in the state, some of whom are also mountain climbers, musicians, ultra-marathoners, rugby players, chicken owners, farmers, gardeners, beekeepers, chefs, backpackers, Scout leaders, equestrians, pinball enthusiasts, golfers, ham radio operators, woodworkers, photographers, oil painters, private pilots, sailors, faith leaders, and patrons of the arts. We also have attorneys who are dual citizens, and who have lived in foreign countries. Many of us had unique careers before the law, including engineering, nursing, active military duty, fire-fighting, professional moving, construction, journalism, mine inspecting, gas station operation, ranching, teaching, book and wine reviewing, and sports commentating. We are alumni of twenty-three law schools from around the country.
The Firm has a standing Diversity Committee, which assists in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. The Diversity Committee is comprised of members with a wide variety of backgrounds, including both junior and senior directors, associates, administrators, men and women, and racial minorities and non-minorities. These individuals share a strong commitment to increasing the Firm's diversity and use their unique experiences and backgrounds to support and further that goal.
Recruiting and Retention:
The Firm seeks to recruit and retain new and lateral attorneys with strong legal skills and diverse backgrounds. Part of that recruiting effort is developing strong relationships with professional, educational, and community groups that share the Firm's commitment to diversity. The Firm also is committed to maintaining a strong relationship with the law school that serves this State. In cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law, the Firm has established the Rodey Scholarship, an annual scholarship offered to a minority law student entering the second year of law school. In addition, the Firm participates in the State Bar Summer Law Clerk program, offering employment opportunities for diverse and deserving students at UNM Law School. Each year, the Firm recruits at least one of its summer associates through that program. The Firm recognizes that recruiting alone is insufficient to create and maintain the diverse workforce that is critical to long-term success. The Firm's primary goal with respect to retention is to ensure that all attorneys receive the training, mentoring, and support that they need to succeed.
The Firm recognizes that true progress in the area of diversity requires making diversity a core value shared by all members of the Firm. It requires involving key decision-makers who can take meaningful steps to implement diversity initiatives. The Firm has significant cross-membership between the key committees that affect the recruiting, hiring, and retention of diverse attorneys. The Chairpersons of both the Associates Committee (Leslie McCarthy Apodaca) and the Recruiting Committee (Brenda M. Saiz) are members of the Diversity Committee.
The Firm cultivates active participation by women and minorities at all levels of Firm management, including the Executive Committee, practice group leaders, and other vital Firm committees. Every Firm committee includes at least one woman.
At Rodey, we consider our diversity efforts critical to the level of service that we provide to our clients. We also recognize that a commitment to diversity requires sustained attention and effort. Achieving and supporting diversity is an ongoing challenge, one that Rodey has made a priority of the Firm's management, recruiting, and day-to-day practice.