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 2015 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.
We support and encourage the success of talented women lawyers and business professionals—within our firm, among our clients, and throughout the world. Our women lawyers play an increasingly greater role in leading the firm. We continued our efforts to raise awareness and spark discussion around the topic of gender parity in the boardroom. The firm published the fourth edition of Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom, our ongoing series on the legislative, regulatory, and private sector developments impacting the representation of women on corporate boards globally.
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Supporting the LGBT Community
We were proud to partner with the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law and the National Women’s Law Center to file an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in the marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court heard oral arguments in April on two questions—whether the 14th Amendment requires the states to license same-sex marriages or to recognize same-sex marriages that were lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state. Our amicus brief argued that the laws at issue make unconstitutional sex classifications based on gender stereotypes and discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in prescribing who may marry and whose marriages shall be recognized. In late June, the Court handed down its landmark ruling, which held that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry, thereby declaring same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Supporting our attorneys’ professional development
Our Paul Hastings Affinity 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 and now have 16 PHANs around the world. The breadth of our program underscores our firm’s commitment to build upon our globally diverse and inclusive culture through a wide range of programs and events. We also support our lawyers’ professional development through our active participation in organizations such as the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), which seeks to create a more open and diverse legal profession by helping diverse lawyers ascend to leadership positions in both law firms and leading corporations.
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PROMOTING DIVERSITY AMONG CORPORATE COUNSEL
Our dedication to supporting the success of diverse lawyers extends across the legal profession. We are proud to serve as a sponsor of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Engage Excellence initiative. Established in partnership with the general counsels of several leading global companies, Engage Excellence is a minority lawyer inclusion incentive program designed to engage diverse lawyers on significant matters and promote diversity in major law firms.
Learn more about our alliances with other leading associations and organizations
Encouraging the next generation of diverse lawyers
The Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship reflects our firm’s commitment to building a diverse team of professionals and fostering an inclusive work environment. Each year, the scholarships provide support and encouragement to several 2L students joining our Summer Program. Recipients must demonstrate not only personal achievement, strong academic performance, and leadership ability, but also a commitment to pursuing community service, promoting diversity, and succeeding as a lawyer in private practice. We are proud that all three recipients of our 2014 diversity scholarships returned to the firm in 2015 as first-year associates.
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Law360 MINORITY POWERBROKERS Q&A
Intellectual Property partner Preston Ratliff was interviewed by Law360 on his success as an attorney and the challenges he has faced in his career.
Read the full interview here