- Of the Firm’s Latino attorneys there are 9 partners, 4 counsel, and 32 associates. Three Firm Leaders are WeilLatinx members; two practice groups and two offices are led by WeilLatinx members.
- Management Committee Sponsors demonstrate the level of our leadership commitment. These appointed senior leaders serve as a sponsor to an affinity group for which they are not already a member. They are charged with understanding key issues the group members face and advocating for necessary change. Frederick Green, a partner in the Corporate Department, is the Management Committee Sponsor for WeilLatinx.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021, Weil hosted our second annual “Latinx Legal Leaders” Fireside chat. Weil welcomed LatinoJustice President Lourdes Rosado and TPG Chief Human Resources Officer Anilu Vazquez- Ubarri. Topics included Latinx advocacy work, intersectionality, and being Latina in the legal industry. In 2020, the program featured partner Ed Soto and Weil alumni Jose Ramon Gonzalez of CNA Insurance.
WeilLatinx hosts pan-affinity group programs to connect with Latinx clients and alumni, such as Discovery, Goldman Sachs, IBM, NBCUniversal, and Univision. The intimate roundtable discussions address leveraging the Latinx/Hispanic community, developing relationships with sponsors, and general career advice.
The Dallas office recently hosted a Women@Weil client event hosted by partner and WeilLatinx leader Vynessa Nemunaitis featuring speakers from the Texas Ballet Theater.
In September 2019, Weil’s Latinx attorneys from across the U.S. convened in New York for strategic planning and career development sessions, including a fireside chat with Weil alumni from Columbia University and NBC Universal. In the evening, Weil hosted the 2019 Annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention’s kick-off reception where partner Ed Soto delivered welcome remarks.
Since May 2020, Weil has held 25+ virtual programs for the Racial Justice Speaker Series, including:
- “How to Be an Antiracist” with Professor Ibram X. Kendi, an anti- racist activist and historian of race and discriminatory policy.
- “Linguicism and Antiracism in Law” with Professor Jasmine Gonzales Rose, the Associate Director for Policy at the Center for Antiracism Research.
Other Educational Programs:
- Pride Month program with Gabby Rivera about the intersectionality of gender identity and race in the LGBTQ+ community.
- Transgender Awareness Month program with Anya Marino and Alejandra Caraballo, the first transgender women of color to teach at Harvard Law School.
Weil started the formal Racial Justice series in 2020 to highlight the racial inequities present in the United States and to increase dialogue. As part of the series, Weil invited speakers from non-profit organizations to take part in fireside chats and discuss their missions.
The Racial Justice Series included:
- Weil sponsored the LatinoJustice Lideres Young Professionals Board Fall Networking reception in support of their Legal Pipeline Programs, in addition to sponsoring their annual dinner.
- In honor of Juneteenth 2020, Weil hosted a fireside chat with Clint Odom, SVP at the National Urban League, who discussed the history of police brutality in the United States and the reform efforts of the League.
- As part of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 2020, Weil hosted Jerry Vattamala, Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Jerry touched on topics such as the rise in anti-Asian sentiment as a result of COVID-19 and how redistricting can affect communities of color.
- In June 2020, Weil partnered with LatinoJustice, a non-profit organized working to create a more equitable society through education and advocacy. LatinoJustice held two events, with the first focusing on the effect of the citizen question litigation on the 2020 Census and the second discussing the importance of voting and the effects of the pandemic on voting.
- Weil hosted two partners from McKinsey, Shelley Stewart & Jason Wright, to discuss the disparate impact of COVID-19 on the Black community. Shelley and Jason will also discuss the historical racial inequities present in the United States healthcare system.
- Weil invited Samuel Spital, Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to discuss the current policing crisis and how to achieve racial justice through legal and policy solutions.
Historically, Weil has placed great emphasis on racial justice. In response to the increase in shootings of unarmed men of color in 2016, the Firm joined the National Urban League’s Urban Solutions Council as one of its first law firm members. Weil continues to partner with the NUL’s Policy Bureau and other member companies in the Council to help create socioeconomic opportunities for men of color in the United States through policy and advocacy efforts.
Weil holds individual affinity group conferences to bring together members from across the Firm for professional development and pipeline efforts.
WeilLatinx members participate in associates of color mentoring circles, which supplement the existing mentoring program for associates who seek additional access to partners as advisors and role models. The circles foster peer mentoring and provide a forum to discuss diversity topics at the Firm. During the pandemic, WeilLatinx members across the U.S. met periodically to stay connected, offer mutual support, and share career advice.
In September 2019, Weil’s Latinx attorneys from across the United States convened in New York for strategic planning and career development sessions, including a fireside chat with Weil alumni from Columbia University and NBCUniversal. In the evening, Weil hosted the 2019 Annual Hispanic National Bar Association Convention’s kick off reception where partner Ed Soto delivered welcome remarks.
The January 2017 Multicultural Attorney Conference brought together Asian, Black, and Latino attorneys from across the U.S. and London offices for career development, networking, and strategic planning. Conference Highlights include:
- “Future of Civil Rights Panel” with speakers from the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, LatinoJustice, and Muslim Advocates
- Courageous Conversations about Race panel exploring PwC’s Color Brave efforts
- Gender breakout sessions featuring Calvin Gladney and Tiffany Dufu
- Lunch discussion with Executive Partner and Affinity Group Management Committee Sponsors
- Student of Color 1L Recruiting & Diversity Reception and Client Panel
Talking Boldly About Race Workshop facilitated by Vernā Myers
Client & Alumni Development
Weil Partner and WeilLatinx member Adam Hemlock arranged for David Arroyo, SVP and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Discovery, to participate in a lunch with our attorneys of color.
In fall 2019, Weil’s Black Attorney Affinity Group co-hosted an intimate dinner with WeilLatinx for Silicon Valley clients.
WeilLatinx hosted a dinner in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring a conversation with Weil alumni Vanessa Chandis and Erick Flores of NBCUniversal.
WeilLatinx held an intimate roundtable discussion for associates of color with Weil alumni Andrea Saavedra, Vice President at Goldman Sachs and Ray Mercedes, Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel - Chief of Staff at Univision Communications, Inc. Two associates moderated the discussion around leveraging the Latino/Hispanic community, developing relationships with sponsors, and general career advice.
Since 2011, Weil requires all attorneys and administrative staff across the U.S. to complete a two hour Annual Mandatory Diversity Training modeled on the ethics CLE requirement. In 2021 the US training featured Hollaback! that delivered programming on how to promote antiracist behaviors in the workplace.
Weil’s biennial Diversity Month took place in November 2019, with events held across Weil’s U.S. and international offices on the theme From Bystanders to Upstanders: Together We Can Make a Difference.
In June 2020, Weil partnered with LatinoJustice, a non-profit organized working to create a more equitable society through education and advocacy. LatinoJustice held two events,with the first focusing on the effect of the citizen question litigation on the 2020 Census and the second discussing the importance of voting and the effects of the pandemic on voting.
In fall 2019, Weil sponsored the LatinoJustice Lideres Young Professionals Board Fall Networking reception in support of their Legal Pipeline Programs, in addition to sponsoring their annual dinner.
For 2022, in celebration of MLK Day of Service, Weil hosted its first Social Impact Awards, honoring administrative staff, attorneys, and nonprofit partners who have gone above and beyond in making a difference in the broader community through public service, charitable giving, and much more.
Weil hosts annual MLK Day of Service activities. In 2019 and 2018, the Firm hosted a number of on-site and offsite volunteer opportunities. In 2017, the New York Office bundled 2,000 healthy snack packs and health and hygiene kits for clients served by the Bowery Mission.
- Weil won a transformational victory in a federal civil rights case challenging the constitutionality of a ban on a Mexican- American Studies Program in Tucson, Arizona schools.
- Weil supports LatinoJustice PRLDEF through sponsorship and pro bono partnerships.
Weil has been a longtime supporter of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, as well as the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Conference, the Council of Urban Professionals, the Center for Talent Innovation, the Hispanic Lawyers Society of New York, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and Legal Outreach, amongst many other nonprofit and membership based organizations.
The Firm sponsors and actively participates in internship opportunities such as the Dallas Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Program (SEO) and Summer Search. Weil's New York Office has provided nearly 100 summer internships to high school and college students from community based organizations since 2013.