Committed to finding ways to create career pathways for people from diverse backgrounds who have the personal attributes and the desire to grow in a supportive and collaborative business environment.
Ranked among the "Best 20 Law Firms for Diversity" for the fourth consecutive year by the Vault Guide for 2011
Named a "Best Place to Work" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year
First major New York law firm to institute a firmwide diversity training program and a formal diversity policy.
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Pioneers in Diversity: Two decades ago, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP set out to formulate clear-cut programs and initiatives to promote diversity in our workplace, and we have endeavored to roll out these programs into every area of our firm and to continually improve them – in all aspects of our legal practice, operations and administration.
Weil was the first New York City-based law firm to institute a firmwide diversity training program and a formal diversity policy in 1984. Since then, Weil has built a solid reputation as a firm in the vanguard of diversity practices. In 2006 and 2007, the firm set forth to take its diversity to the next level formalizing affinity groups and addressing diversity in our Continental Europe offices. Weil’s pioneering commitment to diversity has earned it worldwide recognition from diverse groups and publications, such as The Vault Guide, MultiCultural Law Magazine, Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Survey, the U.K.-based Black Solicitors Network, Texas Lawyer, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Director of Global Diversity: In 2000, Weil became one of the first law firms to create a management position dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment for lawyers and staff. Presently, Meredith Moore serves as Director of Global Diversity and is responsible for enhancing and overseeing the firm's diversity initiatives, including training, affinity groups, supplier diversity programs, educational programs and support of the firm's professional conduct committee. Ms. Moore is recognized as a leader in this area and often speaks at conferences and panels on issues relating to diversity and inclusion.
Commitment to our Administrative and Non-Legal Staff: The firm's commitment to creating a climate of inclusion extends beyond its lawyers. For instance, we offer our staff educational seminars on such topics as stress management and the work-life balance. Additionally, we have set an example in our administrative departments with regard to diversity and we are proud of the breadth of diversity in our non-legal staff worldwide. Finally, the programs initiated by our staff, such as Diversity Week and Dress For Success, have been encouraged and supported by the firm.
Diversity Committee: In place for several years, the Diversity Committee is comprised of over twenty members. Led by a Corporate partner, Andrea Bernstein, the committee represents a cross-section of offices, practice groups, and key staff roles. Members include partners, counsel, associates, and support staff from our offices across the country and Europe. Subcommittees include: Programs, Accountability, Affinity Groups, European Diversity Training Initiative, Communications and Community Outreach.
The function of the Diversity Committee is to promote programs and policies to foster compliance with Weil's Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Policy, and to enhance the firm's overall professional environment. The Diversity Committee serves as a resource for any individual who believes that he or she has observed conduct that violates our policies and who wishes to obtain guidance with respect to circumstances that may involve diversity issues.
Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Policy: Discrimination and harassment on the basis of any of the following are prohibited: race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran’s status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. The goal is a collegial and respectful work-related environment with respect and dignity for everyone.