Diversity


Top 10 for Best Overall Diversity

—Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey

Named among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality every year since 2008

—Human Rights Campaign

Creativity and innovation require a wide range of perspectives and experiences. At Paul Hastings, a diverse and inclusive environment is embraced as a core value. We understand that the most inclusive environment is the best, strongest, and most productive environment. We recruit the best and brightest from leading law schools, and work with a range of organizations to build our diverse talent base.

Advancing the development of all professionals

Our Paul Hastings Attorney Networks (PHANs) serve as a resource and opportunity for mentoring, networking, and the professional development of women, lawyers of color, LGBT, and other affinity groups. We continue to establish these networks in our offices around the world and now have 26 PHANs. The breadth of our PHAN program underscores our firm’s commitment to build upon our globally diverse and inclusive culture through a wide range of programs and events. For example, our Diversity Ally Network in Los Angeles partnered with KPMG’s African American Network and the Langston Bar Association on a networking event for young diverse professionals in L.A.

Supporting LGBT equality

In 2013, we were proud to once again support Lambda Legal and its efforts to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV. Our lawyers in Los Angeles and San Francisco provide a variety of pro bono legal services to the organization. We also continued our support of Out & Equal, a national non-profit that addresses LGBT issues in the workplace. Our San Francisco LGBTA Network works closely with Out & Equal on its annual Mix, Mingle, and Give fundraising event. In addition, we continued our strong support of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in its effort to advance equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Paul Hastings once again was named among the best places to work for LGBT equality, scoring 100% on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index — which ranks the largest U.S. businesses on their level of LGBT inclusion.

Helping to make the case for marriage equality

Paul Hastings partnered with The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law and the National Women’s Law Center to draft and file briefs of amici curiae, challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8. In two historic decisions, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA as unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor, and held in Hollingsworth et al. v. Perry et al. that the proponents of Proposition 8 lacked standing to appeal an earlier federal district court decision that declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Both laws prohibited the recognition of same-sex marriage.

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Donna Melby, Chair
1(213) 683-6098
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                        William K. Whitner, Co-Chair
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