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Diversity & Inclusion

UKS values diversity and inclusiveness within the firm and seeks to promote these values within the legal profession and the community at large.  In 2016, UKS memorialized this commitment by becoming an inaugural signatory to the Connecticut Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Pledge.  The pledge unites Connecticut legal organizations to achieve the goal of fostering more diverse and inclusive environments and sets out a collaborative plan to make the goal a reality.

To learn more about the Diversity and Inclusion Pledge, click here.

UKS is an active member of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity (“LCD”) and Connecticut Bar Association (“CBA”) Affinity Groups.  As a part of the firm’s commitment to increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse individuals in the legal profession, UKS partners with Eversource Energy each year to provide a first-year law student the opportunity to be a summer associate. 

Updike, Kelly & Spellacv, P.C.’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement and Policy

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. ("UKS") strives to foster and maintain a culture of diversity and inclusion, understanding the value that attorneys from diverse backgrounds bring to our firm. Our goal is to recruit, mentor, retain and advance attorneys of all races, genders, ages, ethnicities, disabilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions, national origins and religious preferences. Our attorneys come from different backgrounds and experiences and possess diverse ideas, opinions, abilities and personal qualities. The firm's commitment to diversity produces creative thinking, resulting in more effective legal and business solutions for our clients.

To achieve its commitment to diversity and inclusion, UKS has an active Diversity & Inclusion Committee, dedicated to the advancement of these goals and objectives. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is made up of six attorneys and is led by a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. This Committee spearheads efforts to embed diversity and inclusion throughout the firm's processes, policies and practices. UKS is a signatory to the Connecticut Legal Community's Diversity & Inclusion Pledge and is committed to promoting acceptance, embracing differences and finding strength in diversity.

“Diversity and inclusion are extremely important to Updike, Kelly & Spellacy.  We believe that our firm provides the best service when we have diverse teams with different perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas.”

 - John J. Alissi, President


Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Chair: Evan S. Goldstein, Shareholder

Members: Gideon Asemnor, Associate

Michael P. Botelho, Shareholder

Richard M. Dighello, Jr., Shareholder

Valerie M. Ferdon, Associate

Jennifer Groves Fusco, Shareholder