Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Multicultural Attorney Conference

Challenge

Weil is unique among law firms for holding individual firm-wide conferences for Asian, Black, Latino and LGBT attorneys. To address the specific needs of all multicultural attorneys, the Asian, Black, and Latino affinity groups sought a way to combine efforts to impact change.

Actions

In January 2017, the Firm held a global Multicultural Attorney Conference bringing together Asian American, Black/African American, and Latino attorneys from across the US and London offices. The conference focused on recruiting, retention, advancement, internal networking, community engagement and strategic planning.

The program featured a "Talking Boldly" workshop led by Verna Myers which laid the foundation for the 2017
annual diversity training to support courageous conversations about race in the workplace.

Other conference highlights include a 1L Student of Color Recruiting & Diversity Reception and Client Panel, Courageous Conversations about Race panel exploring PwC's Color Brave efforts, gender breakout sessions on career, family, and community impact, a lunch discussion of strategic planning ¼ith Executive Partner and Affinity Group Management Committee Sponsors, and a "Future of Civil Rights" Panel with leaders from the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, LatinoJustice, and Muslim Advocates.

Outcomes

Of the 180 total affinity group members across the U.S. and London, 93 members (52%) attended the 2017 conference. Key recommendations and outcomes of the conference with regard to recruiting, retention & advancement, business development , and pro-bono & community engagement were reported to the Executive Partner and Management Committee Sponsors of the respective affinity groups. Post-conference, the groups met to chart out key initiatives, events, and programs to achieve these recommendations.

Contact

Meredith Moore: [email protected]

Weil has always been committed  to diversity and inclusion, dating back to when the Firm was established in 1931, and we are proud to be a leader and pioneer in this space. This commitment and marketplace leadership can be seen through the various programs and initiatives the Firm has launched, including introducing a formal workplace diversity policy in 1992, as well as one of our more recent initiatives - [email protected], which was launched in 2015. This program provides a new framework to build upon a legacy of "allyship" by explicitly communicating that all employees have a part to play in creating an environment of inclusion and mutual respect at the Firm. Now, more than ever, it's important to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and our communities, and we are committed to doing just that.

Barry Wolf, Executive Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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