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Di-Capacity

Why?

This working group is made up of a series of professionals who agreed on the need to develop adequate lines of action for the incorporation, integration and development of people with disabilities in law firms.

After the publication of the Good Practice Guide for the incorporation and professional development of people with disabilities in law firms last June, we resume work sessions en FIDE, with the offices that made up the Guide together with the new firms that have signed it:

 

We release a new image!

With this new logo, the Group emphasizes the professional training of people with disabilities, understanding these differences as sources of value; as Capacity; as Talent.

Di-Ability Logo no background

Recent Activities

Large law firms take on the challenge of integrating people with disabilities

The Confideinitial

Mentoring session

May 20 - 12pm to 13pm

We want to work to increase the chances of these people to successfully face a selection process in the legal sector, improving their development and soft skills, enhancing their abilities and improving their self-esteem.

If you are interested in receiving this training (it's completely free), we invite you to an online session that will take place on Thursday, May 20 from 12.00:13.00 to XNUMX:XNUMX, in which you will have the opportunity to ask all the questions you always wanted to professionals from the best firms and legal departments of companies

We switch roles! Closing act Title Legal Assistant

June 17 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

After a whole course of intense collaboration in different aspects (economic, educational, strategic), it is time to give the floor to the protagonists of this project: the students.

On this occasion, it will be the seven students with intellectual disabilities who are training to be Legal Assistants who will give us a presentation on current issues related to Labor Law and Fundamental Rights. This closing ceremony closes the first of the two courses that make up their training, and aims to make visible the advances, both at a technical level and in soft skills, that they have achieved in these months of work.

University Extension Course of Legal Assistant for people with intellectual disabilities

Solidarity fundraising initiative

Collection Goal = € 12.750

A project organized jointly with the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Esfera Foundation, whose objective is to offer quality training for people with intellectual disabilities interested in pursuing studies related to the legal world.

Special International Day of Persons with Disabilities

With Cristina Jiménez

Video

Cristina Jimenez, President of Fide and Director of the GT Di-Capacity briefly explains the activities carried out by this group.

Publications

Executive Summary Academic Year 2021-2022

Over the course of the 2021-2022 academic year, the Di Capacity Working Group (GT) has carried out various activities that have contributed to positioning the GT as a driving agent for raising awareness and including people with disabilities in law firms of lawyers.

In its fourth stage of operation, the GT has fulfilled the objectives it set for itself at the beginning of the academic year: the adoption of a practical approach that would lead to the achievement of concrete actions that promote awareness and training of the members of the GT and its respective offices.

The first action carried out by the WG was the presentation of the document "Accelerating the Way" at the 22th Congress on University and Disability of Fundación Once, on October 2021, 2021. The objective of the group's participation in the Congress was to present a series of ideas that would speed up the path of access for people with disabilities to law firms. To do this, work was done on three proposals on which the focus of the group turned during the 2022-XNUMX academic year and they were presented in the communication of the Congress. These are:

  1. The profile sought in law firms
  2. Two-way mentoring
  3. Guide to Good Practices 2.0

Fide wishes to express its gratitude to all those active members of the group who have collaborated and enhanced the visibility of the group in the legal field during its four stages of work. First of all, to the directors: Fernando Bazán, Ana Higuera and Margarita Fernández.

 

Among other active members, special mention should be made of: Iñigo Berricano, Andrea Clemente, Eva Delgado, Laura de la Rosa, Patricia Fernández Pericas, Amelia Fontán, Nuria Manzano, Mónica Martín Fuertes, Raquel Mendieta, Michele Menghini, Cristina Mínguez Rubido, Lidia Núñez López, Teresa Reja, Inma Parramón, Ana Rubio and Oscar Parreño. Also, the Group Di Capacity of Fide thanks the collaboration and active participation of the co-directors of the URJC Legal Assistant Program-Course, Marta Albert Márquez and Mabel López García.

 

Many thanks to all of them for their collaboration and motivation to promote awareness and training of law firms in the field of disability, as well as their valuable reflections extracted in these four stages of the group and materialized in good practices and concrete initiatives that have paved the way for people with disabilities in the legal field.

Good Practice Guide for the incorporation and professional development of people with disabilities in law firms

Contents

  • Collaboration with entities
  • Communication management and action plan
  • Awareness, awareness and information
  • Selection and hiring process
  • Integration and incorporation to the offices
  • Professional development
  • Track

This Guide starts from the premise that people with disabilities are not a homogeneous group and neither are the professional organizations to which it is addressed. For this reason, the Guide provides guidelines for the incorporation and professional development of people with disabilities, which must be adapted to the personal circumstances of each case and the conditions of each job and each professional organization.

The measures proposed in this Guide include: strengthen the relationship and collaboration with the different organizations and associations that operate around disability by the law firms and promote collaboration channels with the aforementioned entities, as well as adopt a strategy in this area adapted to the specific circumstances of each organization.

On the other hand, the Guide establishes internal processes within the firm to sensitize, raise awareness and inform its members on disability matters, encouraging reflection and, where appropriate, the review of behaviors.
Finally, a continuous monitoring of the adaptation of people with disabilities to the job and analyze the experience acquired by the organization as the professional career of workers with disabilities develops, allowing the adoption of improvements.

  • Oscar Aldeanueva, KPMG. 
  • Fernando Bazan, Deloitte Legal
  • Inigo Berricano, Linklaters.
  • Miguel Cruz Amorós, PWC; JAJ & Asociados.
  • Alonso Cienfuegos Heredia, Allen & Overy.
  • Margarita Fernández, Partner, Baker McKenzie.
  • Carolina Garcia de la Rasilla, Elzaburu.
  • Ana Higuera Garrido, Pro Bono, Fernando Pombo Foundation.
  • Pablo Gutierrez-Jodra, Ontier.
  • Cristina Jiménez Savurid, Foundation FIDE.
  • Pedro León and France, KPMG
  • Borja Montesino-Espartero, PwC Spain.
  • Óscar Parreño Orea, Uría Menéndez Lawyers.
  • Mariana Samaniego, Garrigues.
  • Remei Sanchez, DLA Piper.
  • Ana Suárez Capel, Uría Menéndez Lawyers.

Special recognition
Manuel Atienza, Atienza Asesores and Álvaro Lavandeira, Institute for Health Research and Training, for their follow-up and participation in the meetings held.

Conclusions of the Working Group of Fide on Good practices in professional offices in the field of disability.

After the publication of the Good Practice Guide for the incorporation and professional development of people with disabilities in law firms In June 2019, we resumed the second stage of the Group.

Since September 2019 the Group has met in FIDE in work sessions with both the firms that initially prepared the Guide and the new firms that signed it and have joined the work in this new stage, making a total of twenty-two law firms.

The professionals that comprise it agreed in their day on the need to develop adequate lines of action for the incorporation, integration and development of people with disabilities in law firms. With this objective, the Group has continued working in this second stage to advance in the implementation of the measures proposed in the Guide.

Have participated in this working group: 

  • Manuel Atienza, Director of Atienza Asesores
  • Inigo Berricano, Managing Partner, Linklaters
  • Fernando Bazan, Partner of the Labor Area, Deloitte Legal
  • Amparo Boria, Linklaters HR Director
  • Olalla Casielles, Human Resources Department, Cuatrecasas
  • Cienfuegos Alonso Heredia, Director of Human Resources, Allen & Overy
  • Laura of the Rose, Head of Human Resources, Central Services, Auren
  • Eve Slim, Head of HR, Pérez-Llorca
  • Margarita Fernandez, Lawyer-Partner, specialized in Labor Law, Baker Mckenzie
  • Josefina García, Counsel of the practice of financial regulation in the department of banking and financial law of Ashurst Spain
  • Carlos Gil, Partner of the Labor Law Department, King & Wood Mallesons SAP Madrid office
  • Pablo Gutierrez-Jodra, Director of Human Resources, Ontier
  • Carmen Herranz, Head of the Diversity and Inclusion Area, KPMG
  • Ana Higuera, Director of Pro Bono at the Fernando Pombo Foundation
  • Santiago Iguaz, HR Consultant, Pinsent Masons
  • Cristina Jimenez, President of Fide
  • Michele Menghini, CSR Area Manager, PwC
  • Cristina Minguez, Director of Human Resources at Elzaburu, SLP
  • Borja Montesino- Espartero, Partner responsible for People & Organization, PwC Spain
  • Lydia Nunez, CSR Committee Member, Clifford Chance LLP
  • White Potters, Head of the People & Talent department, Andersen Tax & Legal
  • Oscar Parreño, Senior Personnel Administration Technician within the Human Resources Department, Uría Menéndez Abogados
  • Sonsoles Wheel, Senior HR Manager, Ashurst
  • Mariana samaniego, Senior Associate of the Administrative Law department and expert in Disability Law, Garrigues
  • Catalina Sanchez, Partner, Director of Human Resources and Head of the Personnel Management Area, Ejaso Law Firm
  • Remei Sanchez, Legal Director of the Commercial Department, DLA Piper
  • Christina Santos, HR Manager at Allen & Overy
  • Jose Manuel Sipos, Lawyer Partner Area Competition, Broseta
  • Jaime Tato Ballesteros, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Andersen Tax & Legal
  • Constance Vergara, Partner and Corporate Director, Pérez Llorca

 

All the people who have participated in this working group of Fide, have done so in a personal capacity and not on behalf of the entities, offices, Universities or companies, where they carry out their professional work, so these conclusions do not reflect and do not include institutional positions but rather particular ones of each one of the members of the group.

Group Directors

Fernando Bazan

Partner of the Labor Area at Deloitte Legal

Margarita Fernandez

Partner, BakerMckenzie Labor Department

Ana Higuera

Director of Pro Bono at the Fernando Pombo Foundation

Cristina Jimenez Savurido

President of Fide.

At DI CAPACIDAD (working group on good practices in disability matters in professional firms) we continue to seek strategic alliances with Universities. Our objective is to find the best diverse talents or with different abilities to favor their professional incorporation into the legal sector.

If you work in student care or orientation services, whatever the University, and you are interested in this project, we want to meet you. Get in touch with the group coordinator, Emilia Malacalza.

Academic Coordination: Emilia Malacalza

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