Commitment to Diversity
At Ropes & Gray, diversity has long been an essential part of our firm identity. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and family structures. We see our individual differences as an asset that enhances the quality of life for each of us and strengthens what we can accomplish as a firm.
The firm works hard to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of people of diverse backgrounds at all levels. Our diversity committee, led by partners Leslie Spencer and Joan McPhee, hosts programs and events, addresses policy issues, and works to ensure that diversity remains a key focus across all of our offices. With the help of resources such as the Ropes Multicultural Group, LGBTQ Forum, Women’s Forum, and professional development and attorney support teams, we offer educational programs and seminars to our firm community.
Ropes & Gray has consistently been recognized as being among the nation’s leading law firms in the area of diversity overall, as well as with respect to minorities, gays and lesbians, and women:
- In the 2018 Vault survey, Ropes & Gray was ranked number one for overall diversity, marking the third time in four years that the firm has ranked first, and the ninth consecutive year that the firm has been ranked in the top five.
- For the past ten years, the firm received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. CEI scores are based on nondiscrimination policies aimed at making the firm a welcoming workplace for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.
- The Minority Corporate Counsel Association honored the firm with the Thomas L. Sager Award for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013. This award recognizes firms that have succeeded in introducing policies that promote diversity and inclusion through retention, client inclusion, pipeline, mentoring and LGBTQ initiatives.