Ropes & Gray’s commitment to diversity has long placed a focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of color. We were a founding member of, and continue to participate in, the Boston Lawyer’s Group, the nation’s first citywide collaboration of law professionals dedicated to promoting initiatives to recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color.
Attorneys of color at Ropes & Gray hold significant positions within the firm. They lead practice groups and serve on or lead a number of committees, including the pro bono committee and the diversity committee.
In the 2017 Vault survey, Ropes & Gray was ranked #1 for overall diversity and #2 for diversity for minorities.
Ropes & Gray fosters awareness, inclusion and development of attorneys of color, through the support of, and partnerships with, the firm’s affinity groups.
Ropes Multicultural Forum
The mission of the Ropes Multicultural Forum is to support and advance the firm's commitment to fostering an environment where individuals of diverse backgrounds and identities succeed professionally, fully contribute to the goals of the firm and are involved in the firm's leadership.The group provides a forum for those who share and value all forms of differences between people, with a focus on diversity of race and ethnicity. The forum strives to enrich the professional experiences of the firm's diverse attorneys with the goal of increasing retention and promotion in that population. To achieve these goals, the forum focuses its efforts on areas such as recruitment, professional development, mentoring, business development and community outreach.
The Ropes Multicultural Forum conducts quarterly meetings and hosts special events that give ethnically diverse attorneys the opportunity to connect with each other, share experiences and establish mentoring relationships.
To enhance professional development, the Ropes Multicultural Forum sponsors a mentoring program, which brings senior and junior attorneys together, and the advocacy mentoring program, which helps junior attorneys develop skills and strategies to facilitate their career development and satisfaction.