Inclusive inside counsel
By Doug Chartier
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Helping to build a pipeline of racially and ethnically diverse talent in Colorado’s legal community is a task near and dear to Jennifer Jaskolka’s heart.
“I get very energized just from interacting with diverse individuals,” she said. “I like to hear their stories.”
She used to hear plenty of these stories around the dinner table growing up as the granddaughter of Polish Holocaust survivors and the daughter of an immigrant from Israel. Struggles with racism and anti-Semitism were common discussion topics, as were the value of gender equality and constitutional rights.
Now she’s assistant general counsel at Xcel Energy, a company that encourages her extracurricular work in promoting inclusiveness and diversity in the legal realm, including through the 1L Pledge to Diversity Program. The program gathers pledges from Colorado employers to open up legal clerkship positions for underrepresented students during their first summer of law school.