Citizenship

Weil is committed to engaging as a responsible corporate citizen in the communities where we live and work. The Firm’s corporate citizenship footprint is brought to bear through Weil’s industry leading community engagement, diversity & inclusion, pro bono legal service, sustainability, and charitable contributions programs.

Social Responsibility

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.

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. The Weil Foundation generously matches up to $25,000 annually for the office that has the greatest overall percentage participation in the Weil Gives program.

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.

For more information on Weil’s community engagement program, please contact Hedieh Fakhriyazdi, Associate Director, Global Diversity & Social Responsibility, in our New York office at +1 (212) 833 3125 or hedieh.fakhriyazdi@weil.com

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 been a leader in investing in formal initiatives to cultivate an inclusive culture where all feel comfortable and encouraged to excel. Weil’s award-winning 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 than 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.

View more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Pro Bono

Great values are the bedrock of a great law firm. Weil’s award-winning 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 50,000 hours of pro bono work last year 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.

View more information on our award-winning pro bono practice.

WeilGreen

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

View our Green Initiative Policy Statement.

Weil Foundation

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 and our clients’ corporate citizenship, pro bono or diversity & inclusion efforts. Weil’s philanthropic giving mandate complies with the Human Rights Campaign’s charitable giving guidelines.

70+

Upstander Award recipients since 2015

50,000+

hours of pro bono performed in 2016

$593,892

raised since 2011 by Pay It Forward teams

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affinity groups strengthen diversity & inclusion