Office for Diversity and Inclusion
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion works with New York City legal employers to foster more diverse and inclusive work environments while supporting and regularly tracking the progress of more than 140 signatory law firms and law departments on key diversity representation metrics. These findings are reported to the public annually in the Diversity Benchmarking Report. The Office and the NYC Bar Committees within the Diversity and Inclusion group host a number of programs to support excellence in innovation and execution on diversity and inclusion initiatives. The Office also provides a comprehensive pipeline initiative which supports high school, college and law students to develop necessary professional skills and gain exposure to the legal profession through programs that provide participants with academic support and preparation for law school, career exploration opportunities and exposure to the profession, professional and substantive skill development, and networking/mentoring opportunities.
Law firms and individuals can support the Office by participating in our programs, joining one of our eight Diversity & Inclusion Commmittees, participating in our annual benchmarking survey, nominating a Diversity and Inclusion Champion, and volunteering with our pipeline initiatives.
To learn more and get involved, contact Deborah Martin Owens, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
Recent reports and developments:
- 2016 Diversity Benchmarking Report
- Managing Partner& Attorney Toolkits: Fostering a Diverse & Inclusive Work Environment