IPB maintains a longstanding commitment to attracting, retaining, and promoting talented attorneys from a diverse range of backgrounds, including groups that have been historically underrepresented in the workplace and in the practice of law. We believe that furthering diversity in our workplace through individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent is essential to providing the comprehensive representation and valuable insights that our clients demand and to aligning ourselves with their values and goals.
We embrace our employees' differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
Women make up more than 40% of our partners.
As a small specialized firm, we pursue this goal first by recruiting our associates from a diverse pool of applicants and promoting education among new lawyers in what we do. For instance, the firm has co-sponsored the ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section’s Washington D.C. community outreach training program for women and minority recent law school graduates. The firm has also sponsored the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association's annual convention and participated in mentoring programs with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC. We are pursuing Mansfield Certification in partnership with Diversity Lab, as part of its inaugural class of midsized law firms. Within the firm, we foster a professional environment that emphasizes long-term development and leadership opportunities for all new attorneys.
Another element of our commitment to diversity is our long-standing, demonstrated commitment to the role of women in our firm. We elected our first female equity partner in 1973, and today more than 40% of our partners are women. More than 35% of our overall attorneys, and more than half of our staff are women. Women serve on our executive committee and spearhead our recruiting efforts.
We are also committed to offering flexible work schedules and other resources to support working parents and employees with varying needs. We recognize and encourage the need for a healthy work/life balance for all of our attorneys and staff.