Ropes & Gray’s commitment to diversity has long placed a focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of color. We were a founding member of, and continue to participate in, the Boston Lawyer’s Group, the nation’s first citywide collaboration of law professionals dedicated to promoting initiatives to recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color.
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 associate development committee, the hiring committee, the pro bono committee and the diversity committee.
In the 2017 Vault survey, Ropes & Gray was ranked #1 for overall diversity and #2 for diversity for minorities.
Ropes & Gray fosters awareness, inclusion and development of attorneys of color, through the support of, and partnerships with, the firm’s affinity groups.
Ropes Multicultural Group
The mission of the Ropes Multicultural Group 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 group provides a forum for those who share and value all forms of differences between people, with a focus on diversity of race and ethnicity. The group strives to enrich the professional experiences of the firm's diverse attorneys with the goal of increasing retention and promotion in that population. To achieve these goals, the group focuses its efforts on areas such as recruitment, professional development, mentoring, business development and community outreach.
The Ropes Multicultural Group conducts quarterly meetings and hosts special events that give ethnically diverse attorneys the opportunity to connect with each other, share experiences and establish mentoring relationships.
To enhance professional development, the Ropes Multicultural Group sponsors a mentoring program, 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 and satisfaction.
Other initiatives include the “Behind the Billables” series, which gives attorneys at the firm the opportunity to meet partners and learn more about their paths to partnership, as well as events featuring outside speakers on topics related to diversity in the legal profession and beyond. The group also hosts the “Business of Diversity” series, a conversation series with in-house counsel from the firm’s clients. This program, allows us to partner with our clients to learn about their views and approach to driving their diversity efforts.
The group and the firm recognize the challenges confronting women of color in the legal profession. To better understand our associate’s experiences, the firm created a platform to discuss and explore opportunities to address these issues head on. The group launched the “Women of Color” conversation series, which gives women attorneys of color from the firm’s U.S. offices the opportunity to get together to discuss challenges they face as women of color and as attorneys of color.