The Diversity Committee's mission is to cultivate a culturally rich and diverse community within the firm by providing support, education, and an open dialogue with firm management and staff on diversity-related issues. The Diversity Committee develops programs and events, addresses policy issues, and sets strategies to promote the recruitment, retention, and advancement of people from diverse backgrounds.
Our affinity groups serve as forums to help women, ethnic minorities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender attorneys connect with one another in order to foster mentoring relationships, facilitate career development, and provide an opportunity to share experiences. Ropes & Gray sponsors three affinity groups which are: the Women's Forum, the Ropes Multicultural Forum and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Forum. These affinity groups foster a collegial and collaborative work environment that has long been, and continues to be, a hallmark of our success as a firm. Affinity groups are very active within Ropes & Gray and host various educational programs, business and social networking opportunities, and career and professional development seminars.
The Women’s Forum
Ropes & Gray’s Women’s Forum provides a formal structure for women attorneys to explore matters of common interest, to offer opportunities for mutual support and community, and to generally assist in professional development and progress at the firm. The Women’s Forum hosts professional programs designed to help women attorneys manage their careers and augment their skills.
The Ropes Multicultural Forum
The RMF was established to further the firm's commitment to diversity by fostering the inclusion and development of its attorneys of color. The RMF conducts quarterly meetings and holds special events that provide attorneys of color the opportunity to connect with each other, share experiences and establish mentoring relationships. The RMF also hosts events featuring outside speakers on topics related to diversity in the legal profession and beyond.
To enhance professional development, the RMF sponsors the RMF Mentoring Cirlces, 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.
The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Lawyers (LGBT) Forum
The LGBT Forum is active in welcoming LGBT attorneys to the firm and providing ongoing coordination and support regarding issues important to the LGBT community. The LGBT Forum sponsors events throughout the year, including events and receptions that feature speakers on current legal topics that affect the LGBT community.
LGBT Forum members also help to identify and coordinate firm-sponsored lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pro bono matters. Forum members have acted as co-counsel, representatives or amici in the Goodridge case (which gave same-sex couples the right to marry in Massachusetts), as well as in New York marriage cases. Ropes & Gray also represented the Anti-Defamation League and a coalition of other religious organizations as amici opposing Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act. One of these cases challenging Section 3 was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2012 – 2013 term.