Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Working Parent and Family Supports
Paul, Weiss recognizes the challenge of forming a family and being a working parent, especially during these times.
The firm has a suite of benefits and policies to support our lawyers who have caregiving responsibilities, including:
- Family formation benefits that include financial and other support for adoption and surrogacy and advanced reproductive technology and cryopreservation.
- Working Parent related benefits include 12 weeks of paid gender-neutral parental leave, comprehensive infant transition support, multiple options for backup emergency child and access to additional services to help our attorneys manage work and life. To enhance support for the transition to parenthood, we have a liaison to help parents navigate benefits and firm resources, and a list of attorneys who serve as a parental support system through the Family Network.
- Alternative Work Schedule Program: Gender-neutral reduced hours work arrangements are available to all attorneys without a tenure requirement and can be requested for any reason. Several associates have been promoted to partner while in the Program.
- Work Life Coach: The firm engages a leading specialty consulting firm that provides coaching to working parents and organizations that employ them. Our on-retainer consultant is available to couples or individuals to discuss their needs and concerns, including how to support their school age children.
At Paul Weiss, we recognize that family and work both require time and attention. Juggling those needs is hard, and we have come to depend on our friends and colleagues around the firm for their invaluable support when needed. The mission of the Family Network is to bring the firm’s formal resources to bear to bolster that informal support system, and we are proud to be part of that effort. Family Network leaders Michael Vogel, Partner, Corporate Department; Frances Mi, Counsel, Corporate Department
The Family Network provides support to working parents and those with adult caregiving responsibilities by fostering community, increasing awareness of available benefits, programs and policies and sharing tips and strategies for managing multiple responsibilities.
Paul, Weiss Kids: Book Clubs – Creating Inclusion from the Youngest Ages
In 2021, the Paul, Weiss Networks launched the Paul, Weiss Kids Book Clubs to complement the celebration of heritage months. For each Book Club meeting, a member of the Network reads a heritage-themed book with their child(ren) in front of a virtual audience of Paul, Weiss community members, many attending with their own children (who are often vocal participants).
The Book Clubs bring more conversation about diverse perspectives and experiences into the homes of Paul, Weiss community members, allowing families to explore themes related to women’s rights and roles in society, Black history and culture, environmental justice, LGBTQ+ pride, Hispanic heritage and Asian-Pacific American culture.
As the Book Clubs bring Paul, Weiss into the home, and the home into Paul, Weiss, our community recognizes that diversity, equity and inclusion begins at the youngest ages!