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Diversity, equity, inclusion.

These are more than just words here. They are long-standing principles for our firm’s policies, programs, and work in the community.

— Rebecca Jacobs Goldman, Member

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Diversity, equity, inclusion. These are more than just words here. They are long-standing principles for our firm’s policies, programs, and work in the community.

— Rebecca Jacobs Goldman, Counsel

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Our Values

For the entirety of the firm’s history, Lerman Senter has wholeheartedly and vigorously supported equal opportunity in our own recruitment, hiring, and promotion practices for all — regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. Beyond our offices, our commitment continues, with Lerman Senter and individual attorneys engaged in award-winning, life-changing contributions of their time and leadership to the community at large. At every level, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion propels us. Our actions define us.

Civic Engagement

Over the decades, Lerman Senter and our attorneys have supported public interest and civil rights organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession, as well as diversity in ownership, employment and management in the communications, broadband and related industries.

Recruitment, Hiring, and Development Within Lerman Senter

Lerman Senter actively seeks out and supports the careers of minority attorneys and staff members.

  • Recruitment at on-campus and online job fairs geared to minority applicants
  • Outreach to minority/ethnic law students through organizations such as the Black Law Students Association chapters at local law schools; the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council; and the ABA Forum on Communications Law
  • Participation in programs supporting legal fellowship programs, including mentoring and training, to a diverse, inclusive group of recent law school graduates

Pro Bono Mentorships

Individual Lerman Senter attorneys serve as mentors to undergraduate and law students and attorneys, especially diverse students and attorneys.

Individual Lerman Senter attorneys and staff are leaders across the community. 

  • S. Jenell Trigg is a co-founder of the ABA Forum on Communications Law’s Annual First Amendment Diversity Moot Court Competition. Jenell has served as a judge for the competition and mentored teams.
  • Steve Lerman runs a scholarship and mentoring program at Newton South High School for minority students, and has served as a mentor to minority college students, providing advice and assistance during college and graduation.
  • Sally Buckman and S. Jenell Trigg serve as faculty for the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training Program.

Supporting diversity is a priority for Lerman Senter. The firm: 

  • Is a major sponsor of the Diversity Moot Court Competition.
  • Sponsors the Digital Media Advocacy Leadership Academy, also designed to encourage diverse law students to consider the field of communications, technology and media law.
  • Is one of the inaugural employers for the Federal Communications Bar Association’s (FCBA) Diversity Committee’s Diversity Pipeline Program, furthering the careers of first-year law students from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

Recognition

The following are a few examples of recognition for Lerman Senter’s work on behalf of diversity, equity and inclusion:

  • S. Jenell Trigg received MMTC’s Rev. Dr. Everett Parker Lifetime Achievement Award
  • S. Jenell Trigg received the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award as Public Interest Legal Advocate Leader
  • S. Jenell Trigg received the Donald H. McGannon Award from the United Church of Christ, Office of Communications
  • Steven A. Lerman and S. Jenell Trigg received MMTC’s Extraordinary Service Award for work on the Equity/Debt Plus Task Force to foster increased minority and women broadcast ownership
  • Lerman Senter received Distinguished Pro Bono Achievement Award from the MMTC