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.
Events & Publications
- Jan 19, 2021
Litigation partner Jennifer H. Wu will participate in a panel, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Within Big Law,” as part of Fordham Law Diversity Day.
- Jan 01, 2021
Restructuring partner Kelley Cornish was featured in a Q&A in LEADERS magazine’s January 2021 issue.
- Dec 10, 2020
Why the Equal Rights Amendment is still relevant today and the arguments behind the amicus brief filed on behalf of over 100 businesses in support of the Equal Rights Amendment were the topics of a panel hosted by the Women’s Network…
- Jan 14, 2021
Litigation partner Jennifer H. Wu will participate in a panel, “Change-Making Hacks for Strategic Relationship Building,” as part of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)’s Sources of Success program, in collaboration with …
- Sep 29, 2020
The Paul, Weiss Fellows are critical to accomplishing the Center’s goal of confronting and changing the laws, policies and practices that lead to the oppression and marginalization of people of color.
- Dec 14, 2020
Litigation partner Loretta Lynch, alongside former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, appeared on an episode of Washington Post Live. The two former U.S. Attorneys General, who co-chair the bipartisan National Commission on…
- Dec 03, 2020
Paul, Weiss, in collaboration with the NYU School of Law Center on Race, Inequality and the Law, hosted a webinar, “Living the Values of ESG.”
Paul, Weiss to Host ESG Webinar, in Collaboration with NYU School of Law Center on Race, Inequality and the Law
- Dec 03, 2020
Paul, Weiss, in collaboration with the NYU School of Law Center on Race, Inequality and the Law, will host a webinar, “Living the Values of ESG.”
- Nov 18, 2020
Paul, Weiss hosted a webinar for Black business owners in collaboration with Black Connect, the only national membership nonprofit organization dedicated solely to eliminating America’s racial wealth gap by increasing the number and…
- Nov 16, 2020
Litigation partner Loretta Lynch participated in the 2020 Harvard Law School Women of Color Conference, a joint collaboration of the Women’s Law Association and the Black Law Students Association.
- Dec 01, 2020
Litigation partner Loretta Lynch will be honored with the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) Champion Award at the WWCDA’s 2020 Virtual Awards Gala.
- Nov 05, 2020
Litigation partner Jeannie Rhee will participate in a panel, “Trends in Diversity & Inclusion,” as part of the 2020 ChIPs Global Summit, which advances and connects women in technology, law and policy.
Secretary Johnson’s Independent Review of New York Court System Yields Recommendations for Advancing Equal Justice
- Oct 15, 2020
On June 9, litigation partner Jeh Johnson was appointed Special Advisor on Equal Justice in the Courts by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to review equal justice and racial bias in the New York State court system, the largest and most…
- Oct 14, 2020
On October 14, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, the Paul, Weiss Latinx Lawyers Network hosted a conversation with Myrna Pérez, Director of Voting Rights & Elections at the Brennan Center.
- Sep 25, 2020
On September 25, more than 400 Paul, Weiss lawyers and staff gathered to hear a virtual keynote address by groundbreaking psychologist, best-selling author and healer Dr. Maysa Akbar.
- Oct 08, 2020
In honor of LGBT History Month, the Paul, Weiss Pride@Work Network presented a webinar featuring U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims.
- Nov 04, 2020
Paul, Weiss is a visionary sponsor of the 2020 ChIPs Global Summit, which advances and connects women in technology, law and policy.
- Aug 20, 2020
Deputy Chair Valerie Radwaner was featured in an NYU Law News article, “Valerie Radwaner ’87 Leads Through Collaboration,” posted on August 18 on the New York University School of Law website.
- Aug 04, 2020
Paul, Weiss sponsored research for a new, groundbreaking report, “Ready to Lead,” released by Girls Leadership, a national, educational nonprofit organization.
Paul, Weiss Hosts Fireside Chat with Founder and Director of NYU’s Center on Race, Inequality and the Law
- Jul 28, 2020
On July 28, as part of the firm’s continuing commitment to engagement in issues of racial and social justice, Paul, Weiss held a virtual fireside chat with Chairman Brad Karp and Anthony Thompson, an NYU School of Law professor of…
- Jul 22, 2020
Litigation partner Lorettya Lynch was featured on a panel, “The Policing of Black and Brown Bodies,” hosted virtually by the New York City Bar Association.
- Jun 29, 2020
- Firm News
A group of 93 companies whose businesses span the breadth of the U.S. economy have proudly come together as signatories to a brief in support of the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
- Jun 24, 2020
Litigation partner Loretta Lynch was the featured speaker in a webinar, “Commemorate Juneteenth: A Conversation with Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch,” hosted by JPMorgan Chase as part of its corporate responsibility speaker …
- Jun 18, 2020
- Firm News
On Friday, June 19, we are closed for the observance of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On this day, we recall the long struggle for civil rights and racial equality—a struggle that continues…
- Jun 03, 2020
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A note from Paul, Weiss Chairman Brad S. Karp.
- Jan 14, 2020
Paul, Weiss recently hosted an event with 100 Women in Finance, an organization whose 15,000 members strengthen the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential.
- Jan 08, 2020
On January 8, Dolly Chugh, a professor at NYU Stern School of Business whose TED Talk based on her book, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, has close to 4 million views, came to the firm's New York office for a…
- Nov 07, 2019
Paul, Weiss took part in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) 2019 Convention, the largest annual national gathering of attorneys, judges, law students, legal scholars and elected officials of Asian-American…
- Oct 07, 2019
Firm chairman Brad Karp was featured in a Q&A in the latest issue of LEADERS magazine.
- Oct 04, 2019
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Paul, Weiss Latinx Lawyers Network co-hosted a panel discussion and reception with client Goldman Sachs’ Firm-wide Hispanic/Latino Network.
- Aug 11, 2019
Bankruptcy partner Kelley Cornish was featured in a Q&A in Lawdragon as part of its “Lawyer Limelight” series.
- Jul 11, 2019
Litigation partner Loretta Lynch is among 12 leading lawyers featured in a Law360 article highlighting how their diverse backgrounds have contributed to their success.
- Jun 24, 2019
Paul, Weiss recently celebrated Pride Month with a book discussion and Q&A with author James Polchin, author of “Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall.”
- Mar 05, 2019
Litigation partner Roberto Gonzalez spoke at a lunch talk hosted by La Alianza at Harvard Law School.
Michele Hirshman and Yahonnes Cleary Featured in Thomson Reuters Article on Associate Leadership Institute
- Aug 16, 2018
Litigation partners Michele Hirshman and Yahonnes Cleary were featured in a Thomson Reuters article discussing the Associate Leadership Institute (ALI), a multipart, innovative leadership program designed to provide skill-development…
- Jun 01, 2018
Gwen Marcus (Entertainment, 1981 – 1984) reflects on her longtime drive to practice entertainment law and her personal and professional connections to Paul, Weiss.
- Feb 15, 2018
Last week, litigation co-chair Ted Wells was featured in a fireside chat hosted by Paul, Weiss client Morgan Stanley in celebration of Black History Month.
- Oct 19, 2017
The Paul, Weiss annual Diversity Networking Reception captures the spirit of our long and closely-held commitment to promoting diversity and equality in the legal profession (the 2017 event is pictured).
- Mar 02, 2017
On March 2, the NYU Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Speaker Series, a series sponsored by Paul, Weiss, featured Iris Bohnet, a behavioral economist at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Valerie Radwaner and Jeremy Benjamin to Discuss Strategies for Countering Implicit Bias at NYSBA Annual Meeting
- Jan 26, 2017
Deputy chair Valerie Radwaner and litigation associate Jeremy Benjamin will discuss implicit bias in the legal profession and practical strategies to counter its effects at the New York State Bar Association's upcoming annual meeting.
- Feb 13, 2017
In this video, partners, counsel, associates and alumnae discuss what it's like to practice at Paul, Weiss and the strength of the firm's commitment to gender diversity and inclusion at all levels.
- Aug 01, 2012
Celebrating its eleventh anniversary, our annual diversity networking reception has become the premier summer networking event, connecting lawyers and business professionals of color with one another and with the larger legal and…
Awards & Recognition
- Dec 01, 2020
Litigation partner Loretta Lynch was honored with the Women’s White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) Champion Award at the WWCDA’s 2020 Virtual Awards Gala.
Paul, Weiss Recognized Among the Nation’s Most Resilient Law Firms and Shortlisted in Finance, Inclusion Categories in FT Innovative Lawyers Report
- Dec 11, 2020
Paul, Weiss was recognized as among the most innovative law firms in North America by the Financial Times’ 2020 North America Innovative Lawyers Report.
- Nov 23, 2020
Intellectual property associate Shruti Chopra was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in Intellectual Property Law.
- Dec 07, 2020
Chief Inclusion Officer Danyale Price has been recognized with a 2020 Ruth Whitehead Whaley Professional Achievement Award, presented by the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA).
- Jun 25, 2020
For the sixth consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum has awarded Paul, Weiss its Gold Standard Certification for the advancement and promotion of women lawyers.
- May 20, 2020
Paul, Weiss was named one of this year’s “Top Firms for Inclusion Initiatives” by Yale Law Women (YLW) in the group’s 15th annual Top Firms for Gender Equity & Family Friendliness Report, published May 20.
- Mar 04, 2020
Pro bono attorney BJ Jensen has been named to the LGBT Bar Association’s “Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40” list.
- Jan 28, 2020
Litigation partner Jeh Johnson was the recipient of Felician University’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award.
- Oct 31, 2019
Litigation partner Jeh Johnson was honored by the Anti-Defamation League with its Human Relations Award.
- Jul 26, 2019
The American Lawyer has once again included Paul, Weiss in its annual “A-List,” which ranks firms based on their revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, associate satisfaction, racial and gender diversity, and the percentage of…
- Jul 12, 2019
Paul, Weiss was recognized among the top firms for minority attorneys and minority equity partners in Law360's 2019 Law Firm Diversity Snapshot.
- Apr 05, 2019
Paul, Weiss is the top firm nationally in the percentage of black attorneys, according to the nonprofit Lawyers of Color.
- Mar 12, 2019
Litigation associate Alexia Korberg has been named to the LGBT Bar Association’s “Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40” list.
- Feb 26, 2019
Litigation partner Jeh Johnson received the Black Alumni Council’s (BAC) Heritage Award at Columbia University’s BAC Heritage Award & Scholarship Reception.
- Aug 15, 2018
Corporate partner and Deputy Chair Valerie Radwaner was recognized in the Law Firm Transformative Leadership category of Corporate Counsel’s Women in Law Awards.
- Jul 25, 2018
The American Lawyer has placed Paul, Weiss fifth in its annual “A-List,” which ranks firms based on their revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, associate satisfaction, racial and gender diversity, and the percentage of female…
- Jun 20, 2018
Paul, Weiss ranks sixth among the nation’s largest firms for minority attorneys, according to Law360’s 2018 Diversity Snapshot.
- Jun 18, 2018
For the fourth consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum has awarded Paul, Weiss its Gold Standard Certification for the advancement and promotion of women lawyers.
- May 30, 2018
The American Lawyer ranked Paul, Weiss #16 in its 2018 Diversity Scorecard.
- Feb 28, 2018
Paul, Weiss was selected to receive the 2018 Asian American Bar Association of New York’s (AABANY) Law Firm Diversity award.
- Nov 14, 2017
For the seventh consecutive year, Paul, Weiss received a 100% score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and was named as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign.
- Sep 07, 2017
Litigation partner Jennifer H. Wu has been named to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) Best Lawyers Under 40 (BU40 Award).
- Aug 22, 2017
Paul, Weiss is fifth on the list of top 10 Big Law firms for minority equity partners in Law360's 2017 Law Firm Diversity Snapshot.
- Aug 02, 2017
The American Lawyer has ranked Paul, Weiss third in its annual “A-List,” which ranks firms based on their revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, associate satisfaction, racial and gender diversity, and the percentage of female…
- Jun 16, 2017
Corporate partner Lawrence Wee was congratulated by the Asian American Bar Association of New York for his recognition by the Asian American Business Development Center as one of the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.
- Jun 08, 2017
For the third consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) awarded Paul, Weiss its 2017 Gold Standard Certification for the advancement of women lawyers.
- May 30, 2017
The American Lawyer ranked Paul, Weiss #14 in its 2017 Diversity Scorecard.
Secretary Johnson to Be Honored With the Anti-Defamation League’s Gorowitz Institute Service Award in Washington, D.C.
- May 03, 2017
Litigation partner Jeh Johnson will be honored at the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) National Leadership Summit.
- Apr 27, 2017
The New York State Bar Association presented its George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award to Secretary Jeh Johnson.
- Mar 28, 2017
Litigation partners Jessica Carey and Roberto Gonzalez have been selected to receive the “Law360 Distinguished Writing Award” at the 2017 Burton Awards.
- Apr 28, 2016
Paul, Weiss was honored by the New York City Bar Association as the only partner firm to have participated in its Diversity Fellowship Program every year since the program began in 1991.
- Jun 23, 2016
For the second consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) awarded Paul, Weiss its 2016 Gold Standard Certification for the advancement of women lawyers.
- Dec 06, 2016
For the seventh consecutive year, Paul, Weiss received a 100 percent score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and was named as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality" by The Human Rights Campaign.
- May 18, 2016
Paul, Weiss was recognized among the top firms for minority attorneys and minority equity partners in Law360's 2016 Law Firm Diversity Snapshot.
- Oct 07, 2016
Ted Wells has been honored by Harvard Law School with its highest honor, the Charles Hamilton Houston Medal of Freedom.
- May 24, 2016
For the 13th consecutive year, Paul, Weiss was named among the most diverse law firms by The American Lawyer in its 2016 Diversity Scorecard.
- Mar 04, 2015
Litigation partner Ted Wells was included in Lawyers of Color's fourth annual Power List, which will be published on March 18. The Power List is Lawyers of Color's comprehensive catalog of the nation's most influential minority…
- Nov 18, 2015
For the fifth consecutive year, Paul, Weiss received a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index Survey.