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.
- Managing Director, 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, Ashley Barnett, is a 2010 graduate of Spelman College and holds a JD from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. During law school, Ashley was very involved in on campus activity; she was a member of the moot court team, served as President and Social Chair of the Black Law Student’s Association, and also served as a Peer Mentor.
- Junior Recruiter, Lea Ponticelli, is a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia and is currently attending Mercer University for her master’s in school counseling. After graduating from UGA, Lea worked as a staffing specialist in the Gwinnett area where she handled large scale recruiting for light industrial and warehouse associates.
- Office Manager, Matt Busch, is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a B.F.A. in Media & Performing Arts. Matt’s background in performance art has enabled him to seamlessly blend in with the team at RMN, taking care of many administrative duties behind the scenes.
- Executive Administrative Assistant, Barbara Hester, comes to The RMN Agency with a rich and successful professional work history as an senior level executive assistant and community engagement specialist. Barbara is excited for the opportunity to leverage her diverse background as a senior level administrative professional, nonprofit development officer, and journalist (University of Georgia) to enhance The RMN Agency’s administrative processes and digital footprint.
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!