At Parsons Behle & Latimer, we recognize that we are only as strong as the communities around us. Which is why serving and enhancing our communities and those with whom we work and live is more than a responsibility: it is a core value. It is who we are.
Parsons Behle & Latimer's attorneys and professional staff are known for building enduring, responsive relationships with our clients. We bring that same level of dedication to our communities. We celebrate and support diversity within our communities and endeavor to create an inclusive environment within the firm. Parsons’ attorneys and professional staff support dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the Intermountain West by contributing volunteer board service, mentoring, pro bono legal services and significant financial contributions. We strive to make a positive impact on the communities that have been such an important part of our success.
A Diverse and Inclusive Environment
Understanding that it is the diverse ideas and contributions of our people that drive us to be an innovative, responsive and dynamic law firm at which to work – and to work with – Parsons Behle & Latimer strives each day to cultivate an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion at every level. We celebrate that in this environment, divergent viewpoints and life experiences combine to allow us to effectively solve our clients’ legal challenges while creating opportunities for all within our firm to grow and prosper. Parsons’ dedicated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion elevates our culture, potential for growth for all team members and consistent positive outcomes for our clients.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Parsons’ Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) committee is chaired by Christina M. Jepson shareholder and former department chairperson of the Employment & Labor practice team. The inclusive DE&I committee consists of a diverse group of shareholders, associates and professional staff. The committee is responsible for leading ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives within the firm; identifying future initiatives that will benefit the firm and by extension, our clients; providing education for firm members and leadership; and identifying DE&I organizations with whom to partner in each of our seven office locations.
Recruiting and Outreach
Parsons actively recruits with a focus on diverse backgrounds and breadth of experience from shareholders to professional staff. We aim to create an equitable and supportive environment in which people of every gender, age, race, religion, disability, sexual preference and gender identity can succeed. In other outreach efforts, shareholders and associates donate their time and talents as adjunct professors, mentors and advisors to an inclusive group of law students in all geographic areas.
With an emphasis on equity, Parsons’ attorneys dedicate their expertise to a wide range of community boards and committees where they can gain a clear understanding of diversity issues within our community and use their talents to create solutions. A small sampling of these include:
Utah Center for Legal Inclusion
Parsons is a cofounding member and financial investor of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI) and, in 2020, achieved UCLI certification. Our partnership with UCLI provides the firm with training and the necessary tools to address existing and future hiring and retention; and advancement and inclusion challenges for women and other diverse attorneys and professionals. UCLI is committed to inspiring and empowering students with diverse backgrounds to pursue legal education and careers. It’s Community Outreach Committee builds partnerships with local businesses and Chambers of Commerce to raise awareness and build support for legal inclusion efforts. One of its key missions is to support and encourage professional advancement for diverse attorneys.
Since 1882, Parsons Behle & Latimer has partnered with businesses and individuals in our communities to anticipate and respond to the needs of our neighbors.
We are privileged to partner with a range of diverse organizations where we can lend our professional time, skills and financial assistance to help support the people of our communities. Some of our partners include:
At Parsons Behle & Latimer, we believe in equity of access to legal services for all socio-economic groups. We approach pro bono service with the same dedication, expertise and commitment we provide to our clients – a trait for which our attorneys have received recurring recognition. Some of Parsons' recent pro bono projects include representing low-income individuals in adoptions; fair housing and discrimination cases; personal injury cases; property rights cases; fraud cases involving home equity skimming scams; and guardianship cases. Our attorneys have served as court-appointed defense counsel in capital cases. Among others, we provide pro bono work for:
At Parsons Behle & Latimer, we understand that our people are our greatest resource, and we don’t take that lightly. Our strong, collaborative culture helps us draw top talent from across the country. Our relationship-driven work environment causes them to stay.
At Parsons, kindness is key. Collegiality is the core of our culture because we care about each other - it’s evident across every level of the firm. Our leaders are invested in creating an inclusive work environment that balances and supports the physical, mental and fiscal health of our entire team. Some of the benefits we enjoy are: