We understand that the true power of diversity is only realized in an environment where everyone feels able to share their differences and achieve their potential. At Paul Hastings, our inclusive work environment enables our people to be themselves and bring their diverse perspectives to the table. We recognize diversity as an opportunity to leverage the power of differences. Cultivating a talented workforce reflective of the diverse global communities we serve enables us to better understand the needs of our clients and deliver exceptional value.
Diversity fuels our innovation—and our growth. We recruit the best and brightest, and work with a range of organizations to develop an elite, diverse talent base that guides the success of our clients. Notably, our 2016 class of new partners reflects the diverse and inclusive environment we are working to foster, with 50% of the class representing race/ethnicity and/or gender diversity.
- Ranked Top 10 Best Overall Diversity — Vault/MCCA Law Firm Diversity Survey Rankings (2017)
- Named a “Best Firm for Diversity” — The American Lawyer (2016)
- Named a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality — The Human Rights Campaign for scoring a 100% on the Corporate Equality Index (2008-2016)
- UK Law Society – Gold Standard
- Ranked #4 by Law360 for the best law firms for minority attorneys
Understanding Barriers to Advancing Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion
Like many of the industries we serve, law firms are focused on making substantial advancements in diversity and inclusion. However, they also face a number of barriers in this area. Paul Hastings and Bloomberg BNA’s Big Law Business recently produced “Diversity and Inclusion: Annual Report,” an in-depth examination of this critical issue, based on a survey of more than 260 law firm attorneys and corporate counsel. According to the report, a substantial majority of law firm respondents – 69 percent – say that the most prevalent challenge in advancing diversity and inclusion at their firms is implicit and unconscious bias. Along with uncovering a number of other notable obstacles, the report outlines practical recommendations to help firms overcome these challenges and establish more diverse, inclusive teams. Click here to access the full report.
Leveraging “the power of the client” to promote diversity
General counsel at leading companies in the U.S. are taking innovative action to advance diversity and inclusion within their own organizations and across the profession. To explore the latest developments in this area, we teamed with GC Magazine to produce “General Counsel Diversity and Inclusion Report US 2017.” The report features in-depth interviews with the general counsel of more than a dozen companies, including Accenture, BP, GE, MasterCard, Morgan Stanley, PepsiCo,
Salesforce, and Walmart.
Click here to access the full report.
We support and encourage the success of talented women lawyers and business professionals—within our firm, among our clients, and throughout the world. In addition to numerous mentoring, networking, and professional development opportunities throughout the year, we also regularly co-host events with our clients, creating opportunities to strengthen our relationships outside the office.
Examining the pursuit of gender parity in boardrooms around the globe
We continue our efforts to spark discussion around the topic of gender parity in the boardroom. Our ongoing series, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling:"Women in the Boardroom, examines the legislative, regulatory, and private sector developments impacting the representation of women on corporate boards globally. Most recently, we published Report Card on the United States. In this supplement to our series, we take a closer look at initiatives to advance diversity on corporate boards in the U.S. led by four critical groups: lawmakers, federal agencies, institutional investors, and interest groups.
Our full report includes developments from more than 40 jurisdictions. As this issue continues to draw discussion, we continue to expand the scope of our research and evolve our report. Click here to access the full report.
Supporting the LGBT Community
We proudly partner with organizations focused on the LGBT community including the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, Lambda Legal, Out & Equal and HRC, among others. Our attorneys play meaningful roles within these organizations by serving on boards and committees, working with them to file legal briefs and creating other innovative programs to support the LGBT community more broadly.
Paul Hastings Affinity Networks (PHANs)
Our Paul Hastings Affinity Networks (PHANs) are open to all people at the firm, regardless of their background and include both attorneys and professional staff. These groups, which are led by associates with guidance from one or more partner advisors, work on programs that align with our firm strategy. The groups specifically serve as a resource for mentoring, networking, and professional development, help raise awareness of different backgrounds and cultures across the firm, and help identifying programs to increase diversity at the firm.
Learn more about our PHANs
Outside of the firm, our strategy focuses on investments in the diverse legal community and expanding our relationships with clients that share our commitment to diversity and inclusion. In addition to many local bar associates and committees, there are a number of organizations with whom we partner or serve as members, including serving leadership roles in Out & Equal, the Williams Institute at UCLA, Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) and Women in Commercial Finance, among others.
A sampling of these alliances includes:
- Black Solicitor’s Network
- California Council for Minority Professionals (CMCP)
- Ellevate Network
- Executive Leadership Council (ELC)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- Lambda Legal
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
- Ms. JD
- Women in Corporate Governance
Paul Hastings is committed to the success of diverse lawyers now and in the future. Through our partnerships with leading centers for diversity research, we are investing in the next generation of women, LGBT, and minority attorneys.
Below are a few of our partnerships:
- Bloomberg BNA
- Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
- Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
- National Women’s Law Center
- UCLA Williams Institute
Paul Hastings recruits the best and brightest talent from the world’s leading law schools and law firms to ensure our future diversity. We benchmark ourselves not only against our peer law firms but against corporate clients to ensure our programs are progressive and our numbers are increasing. Our diversity team works closely with our PHANs to ensure members are engaged, our programs are beneficial and to have open and honest dialogues. From large diversity recruiting events to individualized networking and referrals, we recognize the importance of obtaining the finest lawyers available to provide our clients with unmatched legal service.
We also offer several programs to diverse students such as:
- The Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship: established in 2013, provides a tuition scholarship to select second-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity and contributing to the firm’s diversity goals and who receive an offer to join Paul Hastings in one of our U.S. offices.
- The Ron Brown Mentor Program: since 2011, we have sponsored the Ron Brown Mentor Program. This program targets high-achieving pre-law students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue the study and practice of law. Through this program we provide students with summer internship positions and request participating attorneys to commit to a one-year mentor assignment. Summer interns include college graduates entering law school in the fall and undergraduates generally in their sophomore year of college.
- The Law Preview Program: a week-long, intensive summer prep course for students who are enrolled to begin law school. It is taught by law school professors in major cities throughout the country. The course provides substantive overviews for each first-year course and teaches students how to brief cases, outline for each class, study effectively and manage their time. It also includes completion of practice law school exams. We currently sponsor Law Preview Scholarships at Penn and Berkeley. Scholarships are awarded to: (i) members of historically underrepresented groups in the legal profession; (ii) members of the LGBT community; and/or (iii) students who are the first in their immediate family (excluding siblings) to attend college. The firm also assigns associate mentors to each scholar. The mentors serve as a resource (virtual coaching, resume review, etc.) to the students throughout the year.
For a complete list of upcoming recruiting events, please visit our Recruiting calendar.
Q&A with our Diversity Council co-chair, K Whitner
K Whitner, co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Council and Litigation partner, discusses how he first became interested in a career in law and his involvement in corporate social responsibility.
Read the full interview here