Art of the Pitch
In 2012 and 2013, the AOC group hosted a professional development program called the “Art of the Pitch,” led by renowned author and business founder Jane Hyun. This program is designed to teach associates how to interface effectively with partners, colleagues and clients by using their cultural backgrounds and experience.
Behind the Billables
The AOC Group’s quarterly “Behind the Billables” speaker series gives attorneys at the firm the opportunity to meet and learn more about partners and their practices. Speakers are invited to share stories about their paths to success, and the program is a useful tool for continuing the diversity dialogue and fostering professional relationships. Guest speakers included firm chairman Brad Malt; managing partner David Chapin; Dennis Coleman, head of the sports law practice; and Colleen Conry, co-head of the government enforcement practice.
As part of this series, the Women’s Forum and the Attorneys of Color Group host intimate dinners in the locations of our offices, inviting leadership of the firm along with senior associates who are women and/or attorneys of color. The purpose of these gatherings is to give attendees visibility with leadership, a better understanding of the firm’s overall strategic goals, and an opportunity to get to know partners and leadership of the firm with whom they do not interact with on a regular basis.
Monnin-Browder Transgender Law Book Reception
Ropes & Gray honored Boston-based litigation associate and author Elizabeth Monnin-Browder with a breakfast reception to celebrate the publication of Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy which was co-authored and co-edited by Monnin-Browder. Transgender Family Law is the first book to comprehensively address the legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provides practitioners with tools for effective advocacy in this area.
Pride in Diversity Event
The firm’s LGBT Forum hosts an annual Pride Month event with a reception featuring a Ropes & Gray alum or client. This event provides an opportunity for the firm to celebrate Pride Month with guests and alumni. Speakers have included: Honorable Eleanor D. Acheson, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Amtrak; J.B. Kittredge, general counsel of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co.; Lauren Stevens, former vice president and associate general counsel for GlaxoSmithKline plc; and Ranesh Ramanathan, deputy general counsel of Bain Capital.
The Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association (MLGBA) Law Students' Reception
Ropes & Gray sponsored and co-hosted with the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association (MLGBA) Annual Law Students' Reception. This event featured guest speaker Carol Rose, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts. According to the MLGBA, this gathering accounted for the largest attendance at any of the law school receptions hosted by the organization.
Trent Hankins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity
Our beloved colleague Trent Hankins (Yale Law School '96) tragically passed away in December 2002 at the age of 31. Among his innumerable contributions to Ropes & Gray during his six years with the firm, Trent was a tireless supporter of and contributor to the firm's commitment to diversity, acting as a leader of the Attorneys of Color Group and as one of Ropes & Gray's representatives on the Boston Lawyers Group's Associate Advisory Committee.
In his honor, the firm announced that the Trent Hankins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Diversity would be given to one or more of the firm’s attorneys for their outstanding contributions to the firm's diversity efforts.
Women’s Forum Client Events
The Women’s Forum hosts a variety of events designed to strengthen not only internal relationships, but also those with women in leadership positions outside of the firm. In 2013, the firm hosted Women’s Forum events in Silicon Valley, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Boston. In 2014, the New York office hosted its Women's Forum event, with a networking reception for clients and friends of the firm at the Museum of the City of New York. The theme of the reception was supporting and empowering female professionals. The firm is hosting additional Women’s Forum events around the country in 2015.
Women’s Forum Partner/Counsel Series
The Women’s Forum launched a new initiative in 2013 held at the home of a partner or counsel. These events fostered an open, casual environment that gave everyone an opportunity to relax and have fun.
Women of Color
At Ropes & Gray we recognize the challenges confronting women of color in the profession. We decided to take the first step to confront these issues and create a platform to address challenges unique to women of color. We kicked off the Women of Color series in 2013, where female attorneys of color get together to highlight the issues that exist at the intersection where being a woman of color meets being an attorney of color. This series has been well received, and we are in the process of planning the next series.