A Legal Recruiting Agency Dedicated to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
In the legal industry of today and tomorrow, firms and corporations understand that Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) initiatives are key to hiring and retaining top talent.
We know that diversity is good for business. Paulette Brown, Past President of the ABA and the first African American woman to ever serve in that position, recently remarked on what studies demonstrate to be true: “[C]ompanies with women on their Board of Directors outperform those with all-male boards. Companies with more racial diversity outperform companies with less, and law firms with greater diversity outperform firms with less diversity, even controlling for other variables.” (view source)
Yet today, the legal profession is still one of the least diverse of all comparable professions. Less than 10 percent of top Biglaw rainmakers are women or minorities. If the trend continues, then law firm leadership will not continue to evolve. At BigLaw, women account for only 17% of equity partners, and only 7 of the nation’s 100 largest firms have a woman as chairman or managing partner. Although blacks, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans now constitute about a third of the population and a fifth of law school graduates, they make up fewer than 7 percent of law firm partners and 9 percent of general counsels of large corporations. In major law firms, only 3 percent of associates and less than 2 percent of partners are African Americans.
At The RMN Agency, DIB is not just a buzzword—we epitomize it. Take a look at who we are:
- Our President, Raj Nichani, a former BigLaw attorney, began RMN as a dream—to become a premier boutique legal recruiting agency so that we could proactively make a difference in the legal industry. He is a former President and current Board member of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a past Board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia.
- Sr. Legal Recruiter, Waqar Khawaja, graduated from Mercer University Law School in 2011. A first generation Pakistani American, Waqar and his friends founded a non-profit sports foundation welcoming to children of all diverse backgrounds to nurture their sports ambitions.
- Sr. Legal Recruiter, Bonnie Youn, practiced immigration law for nearly two decades before joining RMN. Ethnically Korean but born in the Philippines, she is passionate about supporting immigrants and the advancement of minorities in the legal and political fields. Like Raj Nichani, she has also served as Past President and Board member of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and has chaired events to bring Asian American Legislative Day to the Georgia Capitol.
- Legal Recruiter, Zulma Velasquez, has another full-time job as a mother. When she is not recruiting legal staff, she is also the secretary of the PTA at her children’s school. Zulma gives back to her community by offering Spanish translation services to parents at her children’s school, and other pro-bono document translation.
- Legal Recruiter, Teylor Newsome, graduated from Clemson University in May 2016. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the oldest Greek-letter organization founded by African American college women.
- Legal Recruiter, Cleo Sloan, is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Museum Studies program and is passionate about Art Business, Museum, and Cultural Heritage Law. She also studied abroad, receiving her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, attending an art business program at Oxford University in London and Paris, and completing an independent study program in High Italian Renaissance in Italy. She is an active board member and serves as a regional councilor of international fraternal benefits organization, Foresters Financial.
- Office Manager, Matt Busch, began as an administrative assistant to Raj. Matt has been active in LGBTQ issues, and maintains his strong ties in the local Atlanta theater community.
Our staff fully reflects our commitment to DIB. Every piece of the puzzle matters because diversity extends beyond the visible surface of ethnic background and gender, but a whole spectrum of factors, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, age, nontraditional careers, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
Nationally renowned diversity and inclusion leader Pauline Higgins once observed: “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” RMN is committed to help you get out on the dance floor and strut your stuff!