We are committed to promoting diversity in all aspects of our practice through the active recruitment, development and retention of lawyers and legal professionals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
At Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck (KDV), we take our role as citizens of the legal community very seriously. We are passionate advocates for our clients and dutiful stewards of the law. Equally important, we are committed to advancing our clients’ interests and our practice through the hiring, retention and promotion of lawyers and legal professionals from all backgrounds. To us, diversity is not an end, it is a means by which to achieve the high standards to which we subscribe.
Our Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Our efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our practice are led by Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Katherine S. Catlos. Based in our San Francisco office, Katherine focuses her practice in the areas of employment and privacy law, and she brings a wealth of professional and personal insights to promoting the benefits of our firm’s diverse workforce, both internally and externally.
In 2021, KDV achieved the highly coveted Mansfield 4.0 Certification, becoming one of only 118 law firms nationwide to receive this recognition. We are participating in the Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification program which includes new goals for 2022 to further enhance diversity among our leadership. KDV is one of only 160 firms participating in Mansfield 5.0. Additionally, KDV was one of only 64 law firms to achieve Mansfield 2.0 certification in 2019, and one of only 100 law firms to achieve Mansfield 3.0 in 2020.
Examples of Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck’s ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives include:
- In April 2022, a KDV Associate was sponsored to participate in the 2022 National Employment Law Council Academy for advanced skills training and mentoring for minority employment defense lawyers. She is partnered with an experienced attorney mentor, and also learns by interacting with lawyers from major corporations, and leading minority labor and employment defense lawyers.
- In February 2022, KDV hosted a Black History Month Open Forum. Staff from across the nation gathered to have an open discussion about diversity today in their lives, in the law industry, and at the Firm. We reviewed history, celebrated the country and the Firm’s achievements, and recognized what work can be done to further the Firm’s diversity goals.
- In February 2022, KDV’s Women’s Initiative presented a session entitled “Gender Bias and Gender Diversity in Law” reviewing current law, real-life ethics, and held open discussions on handling sexist or gender biased remarks in law industry settings, direct confrontation tools, positive male partnerships, and advocacy considerations.
- During the year, members of KDV’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee join Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 5.0 Knowledge Sharing Calls to learn as a community to move the needle on diversity and inclusion more effectively.
- In August 2021, KDV’s firmwide co-managing partner Ivan Dolowich was honored by the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County. The Center uses the history and lessons of the Holocaust to teach about the dangers of antisemitism, bullying, racism, and all manifestations of intolerance. “Their mission is as relevant and important today as it has ever been, as we see antisemitism and racism prevalent throughout the country. I will continue to do whatever I can to support efforts to address these critical issues,” said Dolowich.
- In June 2021, KDV hosted a robust seminar in which Dr. Richard Harvey, Associate Professor, Industrial-Organizational and Experiment Programs, St. Louis University, presented a live webinar to our nationwide team about collective identity and its social group phenomena.
- In December 2020, KDV’s D&I Committee hosted an “Unconscious Bias Training” in which Professor Kimberly Norwood, Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law, presented a webinar which was designed to raise consciousness about what implicit biases are and how they can negatively influence individual decision making.
- In June 2020, KDV’s D&I Committee hosted a “D&I Town Hall Forum” which was an interactive forum provided and open to everyone in the firm to learn about the firm’s Mansfield achievements and participate in an open discussion to ask questions and engage in a dialogue about diversity and inclusion in today’s current environment.
- In April 2018, KDV’s Women’s Initiative co-sponsored “A Conversation with Pamela Ryckman, author of Stiletto Network” with another multinational insurance carrier in New York City. More than 200 KDV attorneys, clients and others spent an inspiring afternoon with the author discussing the topic of empowering women to work together.
- In January 2018, KDV’s Women’s Initiative hosted Dr. Arin Reeves, author of “One Size Never Fits All”. Her presentation focused on recognizing and understanding the differences between how women and men communicate, work, develop business and lead in law firms.
- In November 2017, KDV’s Women’s Initiative partnered with a global insurance provider to host a screening of the documentary film “Balancing the Scales,” which delves into the challenges facing women lawyers. In the film, lawyer and filmmaker Sharon Rowen highlights inspiring stories of women lawyers of all ages who work to help women and girls worldwide.
- KDV has also co-hosted multiple programs with the PLUS Women’s Networking Initiative that have attracted speakers with national reputations.
Our firm has hosted, co-hosted and participated in many other diversity and inclusion-focused events with our clients as well. We encourage all of our attorneys to foster relationships with our clients, and we believe strongly in the value of forging personal connections that extend beyond the business setting. As a lawyer working at KDV, you will have access to our firm’s leaders and our clients’ key stakeholders, and we will provide you with the opportunity to build the career, relationships and reputation you desire.
We Encourage Our Lawyers to Be Leaders in Their Communities
In addition to these types of firm-wide initiatives, many of our lawyers are personally involved with organizations of their choosing that promote diversity and inclusion both within and outside of the practice of law. We encourage all of our lawyers to assume active leadership roles in these and other types of professional organizations.
We employ lawyers who are now, or were, actively involved with organizations including:
- Armenian Bar Association
- Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
- California Minority Counsel Program
- Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago
- Filipino American Lawyers Association
- Florida Association of Women Lawyers
- Garden State Bar Association
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Korean American Lawyers Association
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- National Bar Association
- New Jersey Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Polish American Leadership Political Action Committee (PAL-PAC)
- Queens Bench Bar Association
Are You Interested in Joining KDV?
We believe that our law firm should reflect the diverse world we serve. If we sound like your type of firm, we encourage you to get in touch. Visit our Careers page to learn more about working at KDV.