CDQ’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Phoenix is a vibrant, dynamic city rich with diverse populations, ideas, and cultures. Cohen Dowd Quigley knows that its greatest strength is its team. Diversity enhances our workplace, our work, and our community. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as a foundation of our business. We aspire to create an inclusive environment by recruiting, mentoring, advancing, and supporting individuals without regard to their race, age, gender, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
It takes more than words and platitudes to fight discrimination, intolerance and inequality. Action is required. As one example of its commitment to diversity, CDQ is an active participant in the ABA Section of Litigation’s Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP). JIOP’s mission is to provide opportunities to diverse law students who are members of racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession, students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, students who identify as LGBTQ, and women. CDQ has supported JIOP financially for almost two decades and has hired three JIOP alums. Dan Dowd served as a National and Arizona co-chair of JIOP for many years. Cindy Albracht-Crogan currently serves as Arizona’s JIOP co-chair and JIOP alum Kaysey Fung runs the Arizona Working Group. Multiple CDQ attorneys conduct screening interviews of JIOP applicants and CDQ’s Kay Lucas provides the administrative support necessary to place highly qualified JIOP students with Arizona judges. It is a life-changing experience for the interns.
We know this job is never done. CDQ will continue to work hard to increase the diversity of its workplace and the legal community.