What Citizenship Means at Weil
The five pillars of our engagement with the communities where we live and work.
The Weil, Gotshal & Manges Foundation contributes to nonprofit and community-based organizations that meet the Firm’s philanthropic giving guidelines.
Weil’s industry-leading community engagement initiatives include Weil Legal Innovators, Volunteer Time Off, Weil Gives and Weil Pay It Forward programs.
Weil’s commitment to pro bono work is deeply ingrained in our culture. The importance Weil places on providing these services to the community is demonstrated by our goal of having all lawyers at the Firm perform 50 hours of pro bono work each year.
Diversity & Inclusion
Weil’s award-winning diversity program includes five active affinity groups, recruiting and pipeline initiatives, and education and leadership programs. Our Upstander@Weil program seeks to inspire each and every Weil employee to stand up for inclusion in the workplace and at home.
At Weil, we strive to lessen our impact on the environment and promote responsible stewardship and business practices.
The Weil, Gotshal & Manges Foundation, overseen by the Firm’s Philanthropic Committee, contributes to nonprofit and community-based organizations that meet the Firm’s philanthropic giving guidelines. Contributions further the Firm’s corporate citizenship, pro bono or diversity & inclusion efforts. Weil’s philanthropic giving mandate complies with the Human Rights Campaign’s charitable giving guidelines. In its more than three and a half decades, the Foundation’s contributions alongside the Firm’s have totaled nearly $100 million.
Weil is one of the first law firms in the legal industry to implement a comprehensive community engagement program, including employee giving and volunteer opportunities for all U.S. and U.K. attorneys and administrative staff, taking place during and outside of work hours.
Weil Legal Innovators Program - The Weil Legal Innovators Program engages incoming U.S. law school students in addressing some of the most pressing social and legal challenges in our communities today.
Volunteer Time Off - Weil’s VTO program provides U.S.- and London-based attorneys and administrative staff with an additional day of paid time off each year which can be used for volunteer service.
Weil Gives - Weil Gives encourages employees across the United States to contribute to charitable organizations over the course of the year through various cause-related events.
Weil Pay It Forward - Weil Pay It Forward is an inclusion and community engagement initiative that empowers associate- and staff-led teams to leverage $1,000 of seed funding into lasting community impact. Since 2011, WPIF teams have supported over 500 programs educating and providing services to underserved communities globally.
Great values are the bedrock of a great law firm. Weil’s pro bono practice demonstrates the Firm’s deeply held belief that legal representation of those with limited access to justice is among the highest values a law firm can hold. We consider it not only our professional responsibility but also our moral obligation and an integral part of our culture.
Weil performed more than 60,000 hours of pro bono work in 2019 alone, from civil rights litigation to criminal justice reform and complex not-for-profit alliances, for both individual and institutional clients. Our partner organizations include the Innocence Project, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the International Refugee Assistance Project, to name a few. Many of the Firm’s pro bono matters are multi-office and international. In addition, Weil’s Not-For-Profit Practice Group hosts an annual Not-For-Profit Board Governance Symposium to highlight board leadership best practices.
Diversity & Inclusion
A commitment to diversity and inclusion has been at the core of our Firm since Frank Weil, Sylvan Gotshal, and Horace Manges found many doors closed to them because of their religious beliefs. They founded Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP to open those doors. For over 30 years, Weil has invested in significant formal initiatives to cultivate an inclusive culture where all feel comfortable and encouraged to excel. Weil’s nationally recognized diversity program includes five active affinity groups, recruiting and pipeline initiatives, and education and leadership programs.
Upstander@Weil - Upstander@Weil seeks to inspire each and every Weil employee to stand up for inclusion in the workplace and at home. Upstanders are allies, supporters, and advocates for people and communities that share a different background or identity from their own. The Upstander program, launched in 2015, features an award for staff and attorneys who exhibit inclusive and ally behaviors, as well as an extensive training and education program.
Community-Based Pipeline Initiatives - Weil is proud of its continued efforts engaging with students from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, PALS and PENCIL programs, exposing adolescents and young adults to future professional opportunities and careers in the legal profession.
The WeilGreen initiative has two primary goals: to lessen Weil’s impact on the environment and to become a standard-bearer in the legal industry in promoting responsible stewardship toward the environment and its natural resources.
Policies - WeilGreen targets programs and policies in the following areas:
- Document Production & Management
- Energy Reduction & Conservation
- Hazardous Electronic Waste
- Vendor & Client Programs
- Educational Programs
- Community Engagement Opportunities
- Pro Bono Legal Representation
- Office Green Committees
Citizenship with a Foundation of Strong Numbers
Four figures from our community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and pro bono programs
Upstander Award recipients since 2015
hours of pro bono performed since the current program began in 2005
in disaster relief contributions in 2017
affinity groups strengthen diversity & inclusion