Recruitment and Retention
Diversity empowers us and provides competitive strength. We hire people with different approaches, life experiences and perceptions and believe that diversity enriches our understanding, creativity and insight.
We recruit from a wide talent base to develop a culture that fosters growth and long-term success. Our commitment to diversity factors heavily in our recruitment and retention efforts. Team members with hiring responsibilities sit on our Workplace Diversity Committee and perform direct roles in hiring, professional development and strategic initiatives.
We encourage our people to lead. Personnel from all levels influence firm-wide policies through participation in firm committees, task forces and study groups. Team members actively participate in our vital mentoring programs, seeking to provide positive role-modeling experiences for all of our people.
Porzio has been a long time supporter of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark’s Minority Student Program (MSP). The Rutgers program, which traces its roots to 1968, provides socio-economically, educationally or culturally challenged students with mentoring, internships and academic support. More than 2200 Rutgers students have benefited from the program’s aid. Porzio is proud to support the MSP and has recruited several attorneys through participation in its initiatives. Since 2008, Porzio has funded the annual Porzio Public Interest Fellowship, a stipend provided to a Rutgers MSP student in a summer-long public service position.
Since 2011, Porzio's Diversity Manager has been a member of the Seton Hall University School of Law Dean's Diversity Council. The Council supports the Law School’s efforts to recruit students from diverse backgrounds and also organizes programs that aim to increase diversity in the legal profession and raise awareness of issues of concern to a diverse student population. Also in 2011, Porzio partnered with The Council to create a distinguished speakers series to bring prominent speakers to Seton Hall Law to educate students, faculty, practitioners, judges, and the broader Newark community on issues related to diversity in the legal profession.
Porzio has participated in specialty job fairs, including the New Jersey Law Firm Group's Job Fair, DuPont Minority Job Fair and the BLSA Northeast Job Fair. A founding member of the New Jersey Law Firm Group, Porzio actively supports its efforts to encourage minority law students to join our state’s larger law firms. We proudly participate in the group’s mentoring program, educational efforts and annual job fair.
Our redesigned programs for attorney, paralegal and administrative mentoring address the evolving needs of our people, including minority and female employees, as they advance within the firm. Our Attorney Mentor Program gears its initiatives to associates and counsel at all levels within the firm, expanding and tailoring support throughout professional growth. Mentors help newcomers to grasp firm culture, learn time recording procedures and advocate for themselves. As mentees advance, mentors encourage involvement in professional associations, discuss business development techniques and offer guidance on specific business opportunities. Understanding that one’s needs evolve throughout career progression, our Mentoring Committee seeks to provide appropriate mentorship at each stage.
Our Workplace Diversity Committee provides support for internal affinity groups. The Committee fully endorses Porzio’s first formal affinity group: Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN). Chaired by a firm principal and led by a Steering Committee, WIN provides women attorneys and managers with monthly opportunities for networking, professional development and training. Meetings feature internal and external speakers on a variety of topics ranging from managing a career and a family, dealing with the “old boys network” and “Mistmaking or Rainmaking HER Way” to “Political Capital: What is it and how to spend it.”
The Firm’s second affinity group, the INclusive Network (the IN Network), established in 2009, continues to support Porzio’s diversity and inclusion efforts. The IN Network furthers Porzio’s goal of creating a workplace environment in which there is mutual accountability and support by fostering a network dedicated to empowering employees of diverse backgrounds to succeed both professionally and personally. The group provides an inclusive and supportive environment in which diverse employees are able to openly communicate with one another, and other non-diverse employees. The IN Network provides opportunities for Firm employees to cultivate informal mentoring relationships and friendships that improve retention. The group organizes events that focus on diversity awareness and issues that impact minority professionals. It also provides mentorship and support and, by its active presence, assists in recruiting and retaining minorities in the workplace.
The firm supports running and walking groups. Firm personnel often form fundraising teams for events sponsored by organizations ranging from Matheny Medical and Education Center and Multiple Sclerosis Society to American Diabetes Association and United Way.
Firm members are encouraged to join external affinity groups and business networks. Our people belong to such organizations as:
- DuPont Minority Counsel Network
- Garden State Bar Association
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Morris County Bar Minority Attorneys Committee
- Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce
- National Bar Association
- New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association
- New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minorities in the Judiciary
- United Negro College Fund Professional Committee
- Urban League of Morris County
Associations/Committees Directed Toward Women
- Business Development Committee for DuPont Women Lawyers’ Network
- DuPont Women Lawyers’ Network
- Defense Research Institute, Women in the Law Committee
- Healthcare Business Women’s Association
- International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
- Morris County Bar Association Women Lawyer’s Committee
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals
- New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Women in Court
- New Jersey Women Lawyer’s Association
Alternative Work Schedule
Corporate America offered alternative work schedules long before the legal industry. While most law firms are still behind the times in attempting to balance professional growth with family obligations, Porzio acknowledges the needs of its people by offering a variety of alternative work schedules. Our formal Telecommuting Program gives employees the opportunity to work from home up to two or more days per week.