Kimberly S. Amrine
“ My job is simple. It’s to make sure that we live and breathe everything we say about diversity and inclusion. It’s not about recruiting, sponsorships, or awards. It’s about making sure that we are constantly challenging ourselves to be more inclusive in everything that we do. That means advancement, partner compensation, practice group and department management. You name it. ”
Almost 18 years ago, I chose to start my legal career at FBT because of the people at the firm. Although the start of my journey was in litigation, I’m so blessed to now focus 100 percent of my time on our fantastic people. I have a passion for what I do and feel privileged to work in a firm where our leadership is steadfast, fully invested in progress, and supports me and my passion for this crucial work.
FBT is like many other law firms (regionally and nationally) who share the desire to work on inclusion so that our senior leadership represents inclusive thoughts, ideas, and perspectives. The difference is that FBT has been heavily invested in this work with a budget, a full-time position, accountability to the chairman of the firm, etc. for over 10 years. Our work isn’t complete, but we’ve learned a lot along the way. We believe that success and results depend on a shift in culture. We believe that progress requires us to continue to measure where we are now and hold ourselves accountable. That means taking the pulse of every single employee who works with us and listening to feedback and input. It means working individually with practice group leaders, office leaders, committee chairs and team leaders to facilitate change and progress. And it means challenging all our systems and processes to ensure that unconscious bias is not getting in the way of living and breathing our vision statement of true inclusion.
To read more about the impact of our firm’s inclusion vision, please visit the Diversity & Inclusion homepage on our website. Please feel free to call me directly to hear more about the firm’s numerous initiatives and successes.
Who I Work With
As the firm's director of diversity & inclusion, I report directly to the firm's CEO and I'm responsible for the firm's diversity & inclusion initiatives. I also work closely with Steve Ellcessor, chair of the diversity & inclusion committee and Kim Mauer, chair of the women's initiative steering committee to lead our initiatives and measure results. Working closely with firm leadership to institute behavioral practices and initiatives that will minimize the impact of unconscious bias and promote the retention and advancement of our people is critical to my role. Collaboration with members of the Executive Committee, Advancement Committee, Compensation Committee, Practice Group Leaders, Department Chairs and the Recruiting Committee to promote a more inclusive environment, is key to our success.
Our work isn't limited to just the firm. I often work arm-in-arm with national leaders, so that our firm’s measure of success is not limited to our region or footprint. I manage the firm’s scholarship programs and pipeline initiatives that formally begin as early as 9th grade to expose diverse students to the practice of law so that our firm is making a difference in our region – not just in our firm. I often collaborate with numerous corporate clients on improving their internal diversity and inclusion initiatives. In this capacity, I share best practices with our clients and create unique initiatives that bring together our firm and our clients on shared goals connected to diversity and inclusion.
Highlights & Recognitions
- Girl Scouts of Western Ohio's 100 Women Award Honoree, 2013
- Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Class X, 2006
- YWCA Rising Star, 2006
Memberships & Affiliations
- Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, 2008 - present
- Law and Leadership Institute Advisory Council, 2013 - present
- Greater Cincinnati Minority Council Program
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Women Lawyer’s Committee, former Chair: Vice-chair
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Board of Directors, 2008-2013
- Great Rivers Council-Girl Scouts, Board of Directors, 2004-2007
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Speaker: Ad Nauseum: Marketing Campaign Tips
Frost Brown Todd Annual CLE Program
Speaker: Advertising Seminar
Kentucky Press Association
Speaker: Advertising Agency Liability and Exposure
Advertising Club of Cincinnati
Author: "Fixing the Leak in the Pipeline: Exploring Women's Retention Issues in Law Firms"
Media Law Advisory: Sixth Circuit Requires Actual Malice to be Shown in Breach of Contract Claim
August 31, 2007
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