The SPSK Diversity Initiative is charged with advancing initiatives that focus on (i) recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse attorneys, (ii) encouraging cross-cultural awareness and (iii) sponsoring/representing the firm at diversity-related events.
The SPSK Diversity Initiative holds regular meetings to address relevant topics, plan events and network. Many of our attorneys are personally involved in numerous organizations that represent or otherwise serve a diverse population, such as the Garden State Bar Association, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey, Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., New Jersey Law Firm Group and Urban League of Morris County.
A brief description of each organization is below:
Assists African Americans and other minorities in becoming an effective part of the judicial system. The GSBA provides opportunities for new attorneys and experienced attorneys to collectively tackle challenges that improve the lives of minorities Statewide.
A bar association dedicated to the needs, concerns, and interests of the South Asian American legal community in New Jersey. SABA-NJ supports the professional development and advancement of its members through networking, educational events, mentoring, and advocacy.
New Jersey’s only Pan Asian bar association serving Asian and Pacific American attorneys throughout the state.
An organization of over 1000 members that advocates and endorses, studies and advises members on developments affecting the legal state of women, with a focus on gender equality challenges, including those within the legal profession.
The first women’s bar association in New Jersey that provides a forum for discussion and disseminates legal information on matters of interest to Black and Minority attorneys in the legal profession.
A nonprofit corporation comprised of New Jersey law firms, law schools, corporate legal departments, government agencies and public interest organizations that recognize the importance and advantages of diversity in serving the needs of clients and enhancing the legitimacy and public image of the legal profession.
Assists African Americans and disadvantaged urban residents in the achievement of social and economic self-sufficiency.
Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men. Alpha Phi Alpha initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The fraternity principles include scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first intercollegiate Greek-letter sorority established for African American Women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is a globally-impactful organization of over 283,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.
A Greek-letter fraternity for African American Men that delivers services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for fraternity members and their immediate families, they hold a deep conviction to return acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction is mirrored in the Fraternity’s motto, “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity”.