Ropes & Gray’s commitment to diversity has long placed a focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of color. More than 20 percent of the firm’s associates identify as ethnically and racially diverse. 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 management committee, pro bono committee and diversity committee.
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 forum strives to enrich the professional experiences of the firm's ethnically and racially diverse attorneys, with the goal of increasing retention and promotion in that population. To achieve its mission, the forum focuses its efforts on areas such as mentoring, networking and community outreach.
The Ropes Multicultural Forum conducts regular meetings and hosts special events that give ethnically and racially diverse attorneys the opportunity to connect with each other, share experiences and establish mentoring relationships. The forum sponsors mentoring circles, which bring junior and senior attorneys together for local events and programs to foster a greater sense of community. In conjunction with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, the forum also sponsors heritage month celebrations, fostering cultural awareness among our lawyers and business support professionals and celebrating the richness of our diverse community.
Within the broader Ropes Multicultural Forum are several affinity groups, including the Asian American Pacific Islander Lawyers Group, the Black Lawyers Group, the Black Women Lawyers Group, the Latinx Lawyers Group and the Middle Eastern Lawyers Group. These groups enable members of the specific affinities to build a sense of community and connection.