Here the people of Morgan Lewis share their stories, reflect on their histories, and embody the firm’s commitment to inclusion, innovation, collaboration, engagement, and well-being. While we celebrate what makes us unique, there is one thing that unites us all: We Are Morgan Lewis.
Diversity and inclusion is not a new concept for corporate America. Traditionally, D&I is thought to encompass race, gender, age, and religion, but including disabilities in that definition isn’t as universal.
Partner Craig Bitman, practice group leader for the employee benefits and executive compensation practice and co-leader of Morgan Lewis’s Disability Awareness Lawyer Network, shares how his experience being legally blind has shaped his career and how important it is to have a network of allies.
In much of Asian society, diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts aren’t a central part of workplace discussions, and LGBTQ+ issues are too often excluded entirely. Compared to the United States and Europe, discussions of LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace are rare in Asia, and networks are even less common.
Hong Kong office managing partner Maurice Hoo is helping to shift this paradigm—from leading our LGBTQ+ affinity network in Hong Kong to rallying all of the firm’s Asia offices to participate in Pink Friday, Maurice is serving as an instrument of change in uplifting the conversation
In the fall of 2020, associates Kevin Benedicto and Nnenne Okorafor embarked upon on a virtual mission to serve two public interest organizations best known for serving others. Through an initiative of the firm’s Mobilizing for Equality Task Force, the lawyers would spend six months seconded as fellows to provide fulltime support to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (the Lawyers’ Committee) and the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) while the communities that relied upon their services fought against everyday injustices to survive in the middle of an unprecedented global health crisis.
Many law students don’t have a clear idea of what a law firm culture will really feel like until they choose a summer associate program. But for Emily Ahdieh, it was, in part, the very culture of Morgan Lewis that helped her become a lawyer.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Noelani Walser, Nancy Yamaguchi, and Sharon Masling share stories of how innovations borne from the COVID-19 pandemic have changed the way we operate for the better.
When Morgan Lewis formed its Mobilizing for Equality Task Force, it was a natural way for associate James Nortey to bring his community activism to the firm. As a leader of the Community Engagement & Volunteerism working group on the task force, James shares the knowledge he’s gained over the last decade, detailing ways to be an ally in the fight for racial justice. Here, James shares how the events of the last year have intensified his work for equity.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Fortune–US Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership selected Morgan Lewis and Firm Chair Jami McKeon to mentor an emerging female leader. Ordinarily, the participants would visit our East Coast offices and meet with a number of firm leaders over the course of about a week. But having an all-virtual program this year meant there was time for a much more in-depth connection with Guatemalan lawyer Gabriela Roca.
As 2020 draws to a close, join us in aspiring to a new year filled with harmony, understanding, kindness, and appreciation for everyone, everywhere.