Rhoads & Sinon LLP is committed to enhancing the diversity of our workplace through the recruitment, hiring, retention, training, professional development and advancement of a diverse group of attorneys and employees on the basis of demonstrated merit and performance. We also strive to maintain and promote an inclusive culture in which individual differences are respected, appreciated, recognized and valued as qualities that strengthen our working environment and contribute to our ability to serve our clients.
Below are examples of our recent efforts to further this mission:
Rhoads & Sinon LLP has developed policies and practices designed to assist its female attorneys in tackling the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance. These include mentoring programs that seek to ensure that female attorneys receive equal opportunities, advice, and encouragement needed to achieve their full potential. To that end, our work/life balance related policies and practices include flexible and generous parental leave. In sum, we have created flexible arrangements for female attorneys depending on their individual desires. At Rhoads & Sinon LLP, a female attorney can work part time (making her own schedule) and can be considered and accepted into our partnership despite flexible/reduced hours.
Rhoads & Sinon LLP’s attorneys are extremely active with and support Widener University School of Law’s JURIST Academy, which encourages diversity in the profession of law. As part of this program, our attorneys help to fund the program. Moreover, our attorneys frequently volunteer their time to speak and participate in events geared toward educating and mentoring minorities at Widener University, as well Penn State University Dickinson School of Law (our local law schools).
Rhoads & Sinon LLP’s attorneys are members of the Keystone Bar Association. The Keystone Bar Association (formerly known as the Harrisburg Black Attorneys Association) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the careers and community service of minority attorneys in Central Pennsylvania. The Keystone Bar Association fulfills its goals by sponsoring the Justice Robert N.C. Nix, Jr. Scholarship, an award given to minority law students attending a Central Pennsylvania law school who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession.
Rhoads & Sinon LLP’s attorneys serve on the PA Bar Association's Minority Bar Committee. The mission of the Minority Bar Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (hereinafter PBA) is to assure full and equal participation of minorities in the PBA, the legal profession, and the justice system in general.
Rhoads & Sinon LLP’s attorneys consult with members of The National Black Law Students Association at Widener University School of Law. The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) is a national organization created and designed to articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of black law students; to foster and encourage professional competence; to focus upon the relationship of the black attorney to the American legal system; to instill in the black attorney and law student a greater awareness of and commitment to the needs of the black community; to utilize their expertise to initiate a change within the legal system that will make it more responsive to the needs and concerns of the black community; to do any and all things necessary and lawful for the accomplishment of these goals.
Rhoads & Sinon LLP is actively involved in and helps fund the Capital Area Managing Partners Diversity Program. This Program is run by the Dauphin County Bar Association. The Program’s goal is to significantly increase the number of minority lawyers who practice in our region. The Program focuses on minority recruiting, hiring and mentoring efforts. Rhoads & Sinon LLP hires out of this Program.
In addition to mentoring students at both local law schools, our attorneys are actively mentoring students in the Harrisburg School District with their participation in Law Day and the School of Business and Industry Prep. In addition, Rhoads & Sinon LLP recently hired a female high school student from the Milton Hershey School to participate in our summer program for high school and college students.
Rhoads & Sinon LLP has established the Women Empowered ("WE")Initiative, more information regarding this initiative can be found here.
The firm encourages and promotes female and minority lawyers of the firm to get involved as leaders in the community and participate in the Leadership Harrisburg Program and Leadership Cumberland Program. These diverse, multi-racial, and multi-cultural development Programs are financially supported by Rhoads & Sinon LLP and helps its participants to build and maintain professional networks. Our firm proudly sponsors female and minority lawyers participating in these Programs.