Latham & Watkins LLP

Diversity Leadership Academy

Challenge

The goal of the Diversity Leadership Academy is to increase the numbers of female and other traditionally underrepresented lawyers at large law firms, in general, and among our partnership and leadership ranks, in particular.

Actions

The Academy is a multi-day, in-person professional development program for law students and mid-level Latham associates who have a strong interest in diversity, making it a powerful recruitment and retention initiative.

For two days, attendees participate in training sessions and networking events, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of diverse leaders in the legal industry. Training sessions for law students cover such topics as transitioning from law student to summer associate, resume writing, and interview skills. In addition, all first-year law student attendees are paired with a Latham associate, who is committed to serving as a mentor throughout the student's law school career. Latham associates attend sessions on leadership, executive presence, communications skills, and other strategies for advancement and success. Our firm leaders and partners also attend the academy, serving as presenters and mentors to the associates and law students.

Outcomes

Feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Since the academy's inception, over 90% of our associate attendees consistently agree that the program provides them with valuable professional development training and helps build a stronger sense of community at the firm. In addition, nearly 100% of this year's student attendees rated the academy as "excellent" or "very good."

Contact

BJ Trach, Partner and Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee: [email protected]

Diversity matters at Latham & Watkins. It matters to our clients, who are located around the world. It matters to our lawyers and staff, who come from a rich variety of backgrounds and experiences. And it matters to our firm's very culture, as we seek to become a leader in diversity and inclusion in the legal industry.

Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

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