Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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LGBTQ attorneys thrive at Paul, Weiss, where support for the LGBTQ community is an essential, long-standing part of the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiative. We aim to advance LGBTQ rights through sponsorships and pro bono work, and create community among attorneys, law students and the broader LGBTQ community. Our non-discrimination policy has for years included equitable treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
Our active Pride@Work Network hosts events and gatherings throughout the year. In the COVID-19 era, the Network continues to sustain an informed and supportive community online. In 2020, the Network hosted:
- A conversation with U.S. Representative Sharice Davids, the first openly LGBTQ Native American elected to Congress, and LGBTQ advocate and Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims. Honoring LGBT History Month, this wide-ranging discussion applied lessons from the community’s history to today’s challenges.
- Zoom happy hours and tastings, including special events to welcome summer associates and to connect women, transgender and non-binary associates, counsel and partners.
- New York State Senator and Corporate Department alumnus Brad Hoylman (PW 1996), a leading advocate in New York’s LGBTQ community, to speak on topics including the surging COVID-19 crisis and surrogacy legislation. Watch Sen. Hoylman discuss the firm’s culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.
As part of our continuing effort to foster an inclusive work environment, all members of the Paul, Weiss community are encouraged to follow the example of firm leadership and include gender pronouns in their email signatures.
In addition, restroom signs throughout the firm have been updated to reflect that all individuals working at or visiting Paul, Weiss may use the single-sex facility that most closely aligns with their gender identity or expression, or to use single-stall, gender neutral bathrooms.