Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland PLLC
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
As a law firm and the individuals who comprise it, it is our duty to use our chosen profession to advance justice, access to justice, respect, and safety for all. To help achieve those objectives, our firm values diversity, inclusion and civil discourse as a part of our firm’s mission and existence. We are enriched by the diversity of our members, employees and clients, and embrace diversity in race, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status.
We recognize and regret that the law has historically been and even now is too often used as a tool for oppression and discrimination. Through our actions and the unique opportunities afforded to us in the legal profession, we must strive toward fairness for all built on a foundation of equitable laws and their just application.
For the benefit of ourselves, our clients, and our communities, we commit to practice respect, inclusion, and tolerance, and to foster an environment that is open to talented and qualified individuals of every background. Specifically, we commit:
To recruit and retain talent from diverse backgrounds.
To educate ourselves about our biases, implicit and explicit, and work to overcome them.
To acknowledge and dismantle inequities.
To celebrate diversity in all its forms.
To identify concrete ways to translate these principles into action.
To recognize when we have fallen short of our goals, and to use those failures as the fuel to try again.