Throughout the month of May, Stark & Stark’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which recognizes and honors the contributions, achievements, and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans (AAPI) who have shaped the culture and history of the United States. This month also coincided with Ramadan, which is the holy month of fasting under Islam.
Stark & Stark spotlighted its AAPI employees across all forms of social media to show why these individuals are proud of their AAPI culture. The firm also held a panel discussion titled “Navigating the Law: Muslim Clients and Attorneys,” which was co-sponsored by the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA-NJ) and the New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association. The panel focused on legal and practical issues faced by Muslim clients and attorneys, as well as how the legal community can better address and relate to the needs and concerns of Muslim clients and attorneys to create a more equitable society. “This informative panel discussion was important in educating legal professionals on the nuances of the Muslim religion in order to better serve our clients and to empathize with our colleagues,” said Shareholder Bhaveen R. Jani.
Since food is at the center of many AAPI traditions, Stark & Stark hosted a lunch for its employees, which included a variety of flavorful Asian cuisines from small local businesses in the community.
Stark & Stark’s DE&I Committee is comprised of employees from each of our offices, who meet regularly to monitor the progress of the firm’s inclusion and diversity efforts and the forging of a closer alliance with the various national, regional, and local diversity organizations.