A commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a core value at Morgan Lewis. We are committed to D&I not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is integral to how we do business. It influences how we service clients, collaborate with colleagues, and recruit prospective Morgan Lewis lawyers and administrative professionals, and how we engage the communities in which we live and practice.
At Morgan Lewis, our D&I program includes four components that impact every aspect of our culture:
Our commitment to D&I begins at the top. The D&I Committee reports directly to Firm Chair Jami McKeon and our Advisory Board, and is led by two senior partners. In addition to active leadership participation in D&I efforts, women lawyers, attorneys of color, and LGBT lawyers serve on the our Advisory Board, the Compensation Committee, are office managing and/or hiring partners, and hold various firm-wide and practice group leadership positions.
Initiatives that bolster our recruiting and outreach efforts include:
Our commitment to D&I extends to the legal profession at large, and we participate in and/or provide financial and staffing support to many organizations that assist law students and junior lawyers. These programs include partnerships with clients, financial assistance to law students, and strategic alliances with organizations that further D&I, such as the Minority Corporate Council Association (housed in our Washington, DC, office) and the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity.
Our D&I program also includes focusing on the career development of women lawyers, lawyers of color, and LGBT lawyers. This involves paying attention to the work assignment process to ensure that our diverse lawyers receive the right opportunities and exposure, and paying for and encouraging them to attend and actively participate in external programs that enhance their professional development, while providing networking and leadership opportunities.
ML Women, led by Firm Chair Jami McKeon, harnesses the strength of our women lawyers through collaboration and partnership with our clients. We learn from engaging with our clients by hosting specialized roundtables for women featuring speakers from Morgan Lewis, our clients, and external experts, and by leveraging our vast network of successful women alumni to discuss topics specific to women, leadership, and the power of women consumers.
Our Diversity Committee turns commitment into action. Led by two senior partners and our Director of Diversity, the committee includes partners and senior staff who meet regularly to ensure that we are strategically focused on diversity—in recruiting and hiring, in firm leadership, and throughout the Morgan Lewis culture. The committee reports directly to our firm’s Chair, Jami Wintz McKeon, and reviews all diversity efforts with her.