The Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (UCLI), founded in 2018, provides Utah’s legal employers, businesses, and other organizations tools to tackle hiring, retention, advancement and inclusion challenges for women and other minority attorneys. UCLI launched its Certification Program in 2020. UCLI’s Certification Program helps firms hold themselves accountable to the needs of minority lawyers and provides resources to create an equitable and inclusive environment. This certification also serves as a way to encourage firms to implement official diversity and inclusion policies and training. UCLI Certification is an important way that legal employers can show a commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.
Ray Quinney & Nebeker was certified during the UCLI certification program’s first year and is a Diamond level founding sponsor of UCLI, as a show of its support and commitment to this important cause. RQN attorneys Jim Jardine, Rob Rice and Jamie Sorenson, all served as members of the UCLI Founding Board. Jamie Sorenson continues to serve as the UCLI Organizational Inclusion Chair and on UCLI’s fiduciary board.
RQN attorneys have a rich history of active participation in pushing for the advancement of minority groups within their communities:
- Jim Jardine: Founding Board Member, UCLI
- Rob Rice: Founding Board Member, UCLI
- Jamie Sorenson: Founding Board Member, Current Organizational Inclusion Chair, UCLI. Board of Directors, Vice-Chair – Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce. Past President Utah Minority Bar Association.
- Raj Dhaliwal: Past President, Utah Minority Bar Association.
- Paul C. Burke: Board Member, Equality Utah; Legal counsel for Utah Pride Center and Equality Utah.
RQN has hosted and sponsored several events that support raising awareness for equality, including Together We Rise: a community collaboration promoting racial unity and social awareness in August 2020, as well as the Utah Minority Bar Association’s 2019 Juneteenth Fundraiser.
IRQN demonstrates that institutional commitment through its active Women Lawyers Group and Minority Lawyers Group. Both groups provide a strong mentorship programs and resources to RQN attorneys. As Utah and its legal community continue to diversify, RQN is committed to being at the forefront of this change, helping create initiatives that support minority lawyers throughout the state. RQN received the Utah Minority Bar’s 2019 “Law Firm of the Year” award.
“To be a minority in a place where you have the support you need to grow, succeed, and improve as an attorney is awesome,” remarked Jamie Sorenson, an RQN Shareholder and a board member for the UCLI.