Nominations Sought for OWLS 2019 Workplace Leader Award
OWLS’ mission is to transform the practice of law and ensure justice and equality by advancing women and minorities in the legal profession.
The practice of law often includes barriers of equitable advancement by lawyers outside the dominant cultures, and does not typically reward or hold in high regard those seeking a healthy, balanced life. The OWLS Workplace Leader Award seeks to encourage and celebrate change by legal employers that eliminates such barriers, and embraces health and wellness, both in mind and body. Holding such workplace leaders as models for our community will result in a stronger profession, and a better community for all of us.
While some legal employers agree in concept that such changes are needed, there may be many paths to achieve success. And, it takes true leadership to make such concepts into part of the legal employer’s culture. Examples of some concepts for seeking change include:
- What actions can legal employers take to attract and retain qualified women, people of color, and people from other marginalized communities, while honoring each individual’s skills and contributions, and creating equitable promotions to leadership?
- What alternative work configurations will maximize the experience, success, and satisfaction of all employees and the work culture?
- What flexibility will employers offer to employees who are parents or caregivers, or who have other important family and personal obligations or challenges, to avoid losing the momentum in their legal careers and to become resilient leaders in the profession?
- How can legal employers provide effective and reciprocal mentoring relationships?
- How are contributions to the organization, that are not captured by the usual quantification tools (such as billable hours) be valued and promoted by leadership?
- How do the leaders of a legal employer instill a culture of raising awareness and embracing recovery for substance abuse, addiction, and /or mental health needs for all of their employees?
The Workplace Leader Award recognizes an Oregon legal employer making innovative and effective efforts to promote one or more of the following values:
- A healthy balance between work and personal life, to include a culture of awareness and recovery for substance abuse, addiction, and/or mental health needs.
- Acquiring and maintaining a diverse workforce with diverse leadership
- Maximizing opportunities for women, people of color, and people from other non-dominant communities to succeed in the workplace and advance to positions of influence and leadership
We look for a specific program, policy, project
The award will recognize a specific program, policy, or project that is successfully addressing one or more of the concepts and values outlined above. We welcome nominations from all legal employers, including but not limited to legal non-profit/advocacy organizations, in-house legal departments, government attorney employers, and private firms of any size. As the OWLS fall CLE will be on the topic of pay equity, we would be very interested in receiving nominations from employers who have excelled in addressing pay equity.
Nominations should include: information that will help the award committee evaluate the specific program, policy, or project of the employer, to include copies of any such policies or program; the markers of success for that program, policy, or project; and names of people who can be contacted for further information. Please be sure to include copies of any policies, procedures, or other supporting documents.
Nominations must be received via email by 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019. Please send them to Val Tomasi, OWLS Transformation Committee chair: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 award recipient will be honored during OWLS Fall CLE Friday, October 18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Portland.
Previous Workplace Leader Award Recipients
Reynolds Law Firm (Corvallis)
Portland City Attorney’s Office
McDowell, Rackner & Gibson PC (Portland)
TriMet Legal Department (Portland)
Buchanan Angeli Altschul & Sullivan LLP (Portland)
Disability Rights Oregon (Portland)
The Legal Department of the Knowledge Learning Corporation (Portland)
Gartland, Nelson, McCleery, Wade & Walloch (Eugene)
Farleigh Wada Witt (Portland) and Bodyfelt Mount (Portland)
Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf, P.C. (Portland)