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.
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.