Letizia, Ambrose & Falls - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement


 

A CONTINUED 27 YEAR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INLCUSION:

 

Among the small to mid-sized defense firms in Connecticut, Letizia Ambrose & Falls, PC has been at the forefront of many efforts to be more diverse and inclusive, including being the first workers’ compensation defense practice to sign the Connecticut Bar Association Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pledge and the first to have a name female partner. We were also among the first healthcare and employment defense firms to allow staff and attorneys flexible schedules (especially for single parent households), inclusive of telecommuting, since our inception in 1994.

 

We have been members of the CBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the past five years and are proud of our Managing Partner, John M. Letizia, who has been on the CBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee’s Subcommittee on Education since 2015 and was the Co-Organizer of its first education program on Discrimination in the Workplace and is the Co-Organizer for the CBA 2021 Annual Connecticut Bar Association education program being conducted by the CBA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. Attorney Letizia was requested to and provided at no charge diversity and inclusion training to one of Connecticut’s largest healthcare associations and to the insureds of Connecticut’s fourth largest workers’ compensation carrier.

 

The attorneys and staff at Letizia, Ambrose & Falls have been and continue to be committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. We regularly look for ways to recognize the contributions and importance of people of color. As to this effort, for the past 10 years on Martin Luther King Day, we make individual donations to the MLK Foundation in the name of each employee. On the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, we purchased from the Dr. Ernest Withers Museum an original photo of Dr. King taken just hours before his passing. That photo hangs in our main reception area.

 

After the tragic events that took place in the Spring of 2020, our Firm implemented a diversity and inclusion training program focusing on race. This training was conducted by Former Judge Angela Robinson, a recognized expert in the area of diversity and inclusion for law firms. This program was attended by every lawyer and employee of the firm. We also established a matching fund for donations by employees to the New Haven Branch of the NAACP and other charities and causes that support minorities suffering unfair and discriminatory treatment.

 

As to our recruiting efforts, with the assistance of the University of Connecticut Law School, our Firm, for the past four years, has openly recruited minority law school students at the annual UConn School of Law Job Fair. We have recently sought out and hired attorneys of diverse races, backgrounds and experiences, including hiring Asian-American and Ghanaian attorneys for open positions in 2019 and 2020. We are very proud that as of June 2021, over 90% of our paralegals and staff are women, members of the LGBTQ community, disabled or fall within one or more of the other protected classifications.

 

Letizia, Ambrose & Falls believes it is the responsibility of all employers to create and maintain a workplace that values and respects diversity and inclusiveness.