As today’s business challenges become increasingly complex, solving them requires calling on the broadest range of perspectives and views. Our diverse and inclusive work environment enables us to build teams with the range of talents and experience necessary to deliver the innovative solutions our clients require. 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, this year’s 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.
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 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 and now have 26 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. Recently, our Managing Partner Greg Nitzkowski joined with the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Walt Disney Company, a longtime firm client, to host an LCLD Fellows event in our L.A. office.
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.
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.