Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. is committed to diversity in the workplace. Diversity is found throughout the federal and state legal systems, both in the professional ranks as well as in the juries we practice before. A highly diverse legal team is better able to represent our clients.
Our commitment is led and implemented by the joint efforts of our Diversity Committee and our Recruiting Committee. These committees work continuously to enhance and improve Daniel Coker’s diversity initiatives.
Daniel Coker proactively recruits minority professionals and staff and encourages active involvement in professional legal organizations such as: ALFA International Women’s Initiative, Mississippi Women in the Profession Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, Woman Advocate Committee of the ABA Section for Litigation, Magnolia Bar Association, and Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association.
Daniel Coker attorneys annually attend Mississippi’s premier CLE for women lawyers named for the late Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Gandy who paved the way for Mississippi women in public service. Daniel Coker has also sponsored the attendance of minority law students from Mississippi law schools to attend this CLE. Daniel Coker has also participated in DRI’s Diversity Conference held annually in Chicago, Illinois.
Diversity recruitment does not start in law school; it must begin in strong community involvement. Daniel Coker believes in mentoring through a strong community presence. We are a co-sponsor of the Magnolia Bar’s Statewide Boys and Girls Law Camp, a camp for young boys and girls to come together with legal professionals to learn about the law and profession. Daniel Coker also sponsors opportunities for local middle school children to attend cultural events sponsored by 100 Black Men of Jackson, as well as other community outreach groups.
In 2012, DCHB established the “Daniel Coker Horton & Bell Diversity Scholarship Endowment,” designed to increase the ability of the University of Mississippi to attract women and minority law students. These efforts strengthen and contribute to diversity within the School of Law and, ultimately, within the legal community and profession.
Our efforts are bearing fruit, and we will continue our work as our ranks continue to include an increasing number of women and minorities among our attorneys.