Dinsmore champions women’s rights and initiatives across all industries, and is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day and the unmatched mark of women in all areas of society. We want to introduce you to some of the women, both attorneys and staff, who help make up the fabric of the firm and contribute to help us accomplish more. Each of them has given their thoughts on the significant impact of women at Dinsmore and in society, as we look to a future of creating a more inclusive culture.
Meet Sunni Harris, Associate
Since you started practicing, what have you noticed are significant changes and progress made for women in law?
I’ve noticed there are definitely more seats at the table. I’ve been pleased to see the diverse group of young people we have joining our summer classes. There is also a willingness to listen and have an open dialogue and an open mind to the issues affecting not only women but racial and ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, and across the board.
How do you view the inclusive culture at the firm?
I think it is important for all attorneys to be able to see themselves represented at their firm. At our firm, I see women represented from our 1L summers to equity partners. One of things I’ve really been most impressed with is the work of the Women’s Initiative. It is not just a group in name only, it is a group of substance. It means something for our firm to make an investment in affinity groups and causes that speak to an underrepresented collective. Also, as a black woman, I’ve noticed an increasing number of women of color employed across our different offices, which reflects Dinsmore’s ongoing commitment to inclusion.
What advice do you have for a young female attorney?
I think for any attorney, especially women, it is crucial to know who you are and speak up for what you believe in. I’d tell young attorneys to set boundaries early and stick to them. Also, although it is important to confront the demands and challenges of the role, it is equally important to grant yourself grace along the way.
How has Dinsmore contributed to your professional success?
Access to mentorship opportunities is important, and I think the firm has done a great job of putting effective plans into action. I wouldn’t be who I am today without those relationships.
What do you like to do for fun?
Ideally, I’d like to sleep-in and read a good book, but I always enjoy spending as much of my free time as possible with my husband and kids.