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From its inception, Kelly Hart has been committed to hiring the best and brightest attorneys without regard to age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. After opening its doors in 1979, 2 of the first 4 associates hired by Kelly Hart were women. By 1987, those 2 women were elevated to equity partner status and remain equity partners today.
Kelly Hart continues to be committed to the development of a diverse and inclusive workplace for attorneys, professionals and other staff members. We believe the breadth of knowledge and depth of life experiences these individuals bring to the firm are invaluable, and increase the skill and perception with which we provide legal services to our clients and contribute to our communities.  Our commitment to diversity has created an atmosphere in which our people thrive and are encouraged to use their different talents, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences to serve our clients.

We make a special effort to identify and interview diverse candidates at all law schools at which we recruit.  Members of the Recruiting and Diversity Committees attend minority job fairs and participate in events to meet talented and diverse law students, judicial clerks, and lateral candidates.  Our recruitment and retention efforts involve ongoing and active participation in law schools and minority association job fairs, including efforts with the Sunbelt Minority Job Fair in Dallas.
Recruiting talented lawyers is only the first step.  We are also dedicated to developing, retaining, and promoting our attorneys.  In addition to a firm culture of collegiality and mutual respect, we have created mentoring and professional development programs to ensure that our lawyers receive every opportunity to achieve personal growth and professional success.

As evidence of our commitment to diversity, Kelly Hart has established a committee to coordinate and oversee the firm's diversity efforts. The Diversity Committee members include:  
The firm also sponsors various minority and diversity related activities. Recent sponsored events include:
  • Proud Sponsor of the 21st Annual Texas Minority Counsel Programs
  • Proud Sponsor of the 20th Annual Texas Minority Counsel Programs
  • Proud Sponsor of the Texas Minority Counsel Program's 19th Annual Conference
  • Proud Sponsor of the Texas Wall Street Women Industry Panel
  • Proud Sponsor of the University of Texas Center for Women in Law's 2011 Power Summit on Law & Leadership
  • Proud Sponsor of the Travis County Women Lawyers' Association and Foundation 2011 Annual Grants and Awards Luncheon
  • Proud Sponsor of the 15th Annual Asian Pacific Interest Section Conference
  • Proud Sponsor of the 2011 Minority Corporate Counsel Association Regional Networking Forum
  • Proud Sponsor of the 2010 Texas Minority Counsel Annual CLE Program
  • Proud Sponsor of the 2010 Dallas Asian American Bar Association Awards Reception
  • $10,000 Donation to the Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Texas Appleseed Diversity Legal Scholars Program
Dee Kelly and Marshall Searcy have won the Good Scout Award for their service to enhance our community through their personal and public contributions.