Diversity Outreach Team Initiative Featured in New York Law Journal
The New York Law Journal has announced honorees of its Diversity Initiative 2015 and includes Ropes & Gray among the 10 law firms and legal organizations recognized for “confront[ing] barriers to attracting, training, retraining or supporting diverse talents” and “creat[ing] realistic initiatives to overcome those obstacles and provide ongoing opportunities for growth and advancement.” The firm was honored at a dinner on March 30 and is featured in a New York Law Journal article, published on March 30.
The firm’s recognition stems from the implementation of the Diversity Outreach Team initiative at New York-area schools, including Columbia and NYU. The Diversity Outreach Team brings promising law students and diversity-focused student groups in touch with Ropes & Gray attorneys through the organization of mentorship events and social gatherings held on campuses nationwide.
The New York Law Journal article represents the firm’s efforts as a “full-court press on law students of diverse backgrounds,” and highlights the program’s benefit to students, who are afforded the opportunity to develop the type of meaningful mentoring-based relationships that IP litigation partner Leslie Spencer describes in the piece as instrumental to her own career development.
The award is indicative of the firm’s dedication to supporting diversity among attorneys and staff. The 2015 Vault Guide ranked Ropes & Gray #1 for overall diversity among U.S. law firms and ranked the firm in the top five in every diversity-related category (individuals with disabilities, LGBT, veterans, minorities and women). This is the sixth year in a row that Ropes & Gray ranked in the top five for overall diversity.