Diversity is a core value at Chadbourne. We believe that drawing on a variety of experiences, backgrounds and ideas enriches our workplace and strengthens our success in understanding our clients’ needs. Chadbourne proudly ranks in the top 10 percent of Am Law 200 firms for diversity.
Building a Diverse Community
Chadbourne’s efforts to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community are spearheaded by its Diversity Initiatives Committee. The committee is not only charged with developing policies that promote inclusion at the firm, but also with supporting initiatives and events that promote awareness of diversity issues both within the firm and the legal community. Led by partners Marian Baldwin Fuerst and Vincent Dunn, the committee comprises lawyers of all levels and staff.
The firm also supports three affinity groups that also serve this purpose: the Diverse Attorney Network, the LGBT-Straight Alliance and the Women’s Initiatives Group. The groups were created to provide a forum for members to network with other members; to foster mentoring relationships; to assist with recruitment, retention and promotion efforts; and to serve as a resource to the committee in enhancing the firm’s diversity initiatives.
Diversity in Recruiting
Chadbourne is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting its lawyers and staff regardless of gender, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
Our outreach efforts to law school members of LGBT, students of color and women’s organizations include participating in panels and programs, hosting events and receptions, and sponsoring programming and scholarships. We also participate in diversity-related interview programs such as the Harvard BLSA Job Fair and Lavender Law.
In furtherance of our diversity and inclusion initiatives, we proudly launched our new Chadbourne Diversity Scholar program for 2Ls in June 2015. The Scholar, who is selected through a competitive process, receives a salaried 2L Summer Associate position in our New York office and a generous award to assist with law school tuition.
Chadbourne strives to create an environment in which all of our women lawyers grow professionally, develop successful legal practices, and flourish as leaders both within our firm and in our communities. In furtherance of these objectives, the firm created the Women's Initiatives Group (WIG), which provides mutual support, professional growth and personal development opportunities to women attorneys at the firm.
WIG hosts a number of events each year that help build camaraderie and enrich the law firm experience not only for our women, but for all of our lawyers. Our casual monthly events, like Articles Club, foster discussion and knowledge about women’s issues in the workplace and the community at large. WIG has also hosted educational seminars on topics such as business development, financial planning, work-life fit, and networking. Social events such as wine tastings, walking tours, and museum visits not only allow WIG members to mingle in a relaxed setting, but also lead to mentoring relationships and good networking opportunities.
Supporting Diverse Organizations
Chadbourne is proud to support a number of diversity-related associations and charitable organizations, such as the following:
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
- Aspiring Solicitors
- The American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU's) LGBT & AIDS Project
- Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC)
- Law & ReOrder (formerly known as Flex-Time Lawyers LLC)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
- Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA)
- Minority Corporate Council Association (MCCA)
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
- National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, Lavender Law Conference
- New York City Bar Association’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion
- Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS Program)
- South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)
- Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)
- United Negro College Fund
- The MinKwon Center for Community Action