Tonkon Torp Recognized for Promoting Diversity in Legal Profession
December 13, 2011
Tonkon Torp was an active participant in the recent Convocation on Equality hosted by the Oregon State Bar Diversity Section. The firm and its Diversity Task Force was a sponsor of the event, and Jon Stride was a panelist, speaking on the importance of advancement and promotion in creating an inclusive organization.
Seven Tonkon Torp professionals were recognized as Champions of Diversity for their consistent work on promoting diversity in the legal profession. Honorees included Loree Devery, Craig Foster, Marti McCausland, Don Marmaduke, Darcy Norville, Ari Okano, and Jon Stride.
"Tonkon Torp has long been committed to developing a diverse workforce that represents the perspectives and experiences of our clients and communities," said Mike Morgan, managing partner. "We believe diversity strengthens us as a firm and offers our clients the well rounded perspective they expect from their business counsel. To achieve true diversity, we know we must be intentional about our actions and decisions, which is one of the reasons we have created structure within the firm to keep our goals front and center."
Read more about Tonkon Torp's diversity initiatives here
The Convocation on Equality, held on the 10 year anniversary of the first Convocation, was an all-day event dedicated to advancing principles of diversity and inclusion in the practice of law in Oregon. In addition to a keynote address by Paula Boggs, General Counsel of Starbucks Coffee Company, the day featured three seminar tracks covering topics for lawyers seeking to improve their own practical skills, lawyers seeking to increase their knowledge about diversity and cultural competency, and legal employers seeking to improve diversity in their workplaces. Over 400 people registered for this year's event.