Ford & Harrison Earns Sodexo Law Department’s Commitment to Diversity Award for 2011

June 23, 2011

SPARTANBURG, SC – June 23, 2011 – Ford & Harrison, a national law firm specializing in labor and employment law, is pleased to announce that the firm was chosen as the 2011 recipient of Sodexo’s Frances Nam Law Department Diversity Award.  Ford & Harrison was presented with the award during the Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Washington, DC on June 9. 

Sodexo’s Frances Nam Law Department Diversity Award is presented to an outside vendor or law firm which partners with the Sodexo Law Department in the expansion of its programmatic diversity initiatives.

Ford & Harrison was chosen not only because of the strong partnership it has with Sodexo, but also because of the number of programs the firm has in place to foster a diverse workplace.  In particular, the firm’s Diversity Pipeline Initiative focuses on both law school and lateral attorney recruiting and, more importantly, the long-term retention and professional development of minority attorneys. The four prongs of the initiative include (1) leadership shared between the firm’s management and the Diversity & Inclusion Partner; (2) a Diversity Pipeline Scholarship program for minority law students; (3) an incentive bonus for firm lawyers who identify and facilitate the hire and retention of minority attorney candidates; and (4) an expanded mentoring network for minority associates. 

“We are honored to be selected by the Sodexo Law Department as the recipient of the Frances Nam Law Department Diversity Award,” said Dawn Siler-Nixon, Ford & Harrison’s Diversity & Inclusion Partner.  “I am proud to see that Ford & Harrison’s commitment to maintaining a diverse workforce and a culture that values the unique backgrounds, beliefs, skills and attributes of all people, continues to be recognized.”


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About Ford & Harrison

Founded in Atlanta in 1978, Ford & Harrison is a labor and employment law firm with a national practice in all aspects of labor and employment law.  The firm represents employers in labor, employment, immigration and employee benefits matters, including litigation, in issues involving national and international jurisdictions.  Close to 200 lawyers in 20 offices – Atlanta, Asheville (NC), Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Melbourne (FL), Miami, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, Spartanburg (SC), Tampa, Washington, DC and an of counsel affiliate in Akron, OH – strive to provide clients with sound legal advice, practical counseling and excellent client service.