Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
Established in 1995, our committee of dedicated attorneys meets regularly to innovate and implement programs in a manner that reflects our deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
It takes committed leaders to make diversity a true priority. Over half of our practice and industry team leaders are women or minorities. Our leaders make diversity a regular topic of discussion for our Board of Directors, and our Director of Professional Development and Diversity regularly presents to the Board on the firm's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
We sponsor firm-wide learning experiences that connect the entire firm to build inclusivity. Recent topics include the science of implicit bias, multi-generational differences, respect in the workplace, and gender expression and identity.
We invest in a variety of initiatives and programs to promote the success of our talented women lawyers. From mentoring to professional and business development programs, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to support the success of our talented women attorneys.
Becoming a parent is a huge milestone in life. We provide support to all of our new parents to help them transition to the world of working parent. To that end, we provide a generous bonding leave package and a customized coaching program to new parent attorneys. We work with each individual to ensure their schedule, practice, and long-term career plans are supported.
Leadership Council for Legal Diversity
We are proud to be a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). This high-profile national organization, composed of managing partners of major law firms and general counsel of public and private companies, is the national leader working to diversify the U.S. legal profession for now and future generations. We participate in four of LCLD’s initiatives. Two initiatives are focused on law students: our attorneys serve as mentors in the LCLD Success Mentoring Program for first-year law students and our first-year Summer Associates participate in LCLD’s Scholars Program. The second set of initiatives is focused on current attorneys. Each year, we sponsor one of our attorneys for LCLD’s Fellows Program and another for the LCLD Pathfinders Program. These programs share the goal of producing a diverse generation of up-and-coming attorneys with strong leadership and relationship skills who are committed to fostering diversity within their individual institutions and the profession at large. We have been recognized by LCLD as a “Top Performer,” identifying Lane Powell as being one of LCLD's most active members who supports its mission in many ways.
We are proud to have received Certification Plus status in Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule 4.0 and 5.0 Certification Programs, which aim to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership roles at law firms by broadening the pool of candidates considered for such opportunities. We are continuing our participation in the program by taking part in the Mansfield Rule 6.0 Certification Program through July 2023, as well.
Named for the first woman admitted to the practice of law in the U.S., the Mansfield Rule measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30% women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+, and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions. Firms are eligible for certification annually if they achieve the Rule's requirements.
Bloomberg Law Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Framework
We are proud to have been included as a member in the Bloomberg Law Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Framework for the past two years running. Since its inception in 2021, the Framework recognizes firms for their diversity efforts and distinguished performance against six core pillars: demographics, leadership and talent pipeline, recruitment and retention, business innovation and strategy, marketing, and diversity and inclusion in the community.
Bloomberg Law’s DEI Framework was developed in collaboration with Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index team, as well as diversity leads at corporations and U.S.-based law firms. Performance is assessed across more than 85 metrics, which are continually refined each year.