Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 


 

“How does Cleary show its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion?”

Diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental firm values, key components of Cleary’s approach to recruiting and developing talent, and integral to the exceptional legal services we provide our clients. The firm is committed to developing and reimagining strategies, initiatives and partnerships that advance underrepresented populations and women internally within our own professional community and externally in the broader global community.

In 2020, we launched our Path to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion project, a global, cross-disciplinary effort focused on advancing equity within our firm. The Pillar Projects build on our existing DE&I initiatives and focus on six key pillars, including articulating our values to help ensure they are embedded into our processes and improving our data collection and reporting methods to increase transparency and accountability. The pillar projects are led by partners across the firm, as we understand the need to demonstrate leadership and support at the highest levels to achieve our DE&I goals.

To that end, Cleary has Diversity Committees in both its New York and Washington, D.C. offices that consist of lawyers of all levels of seniority, including partners, counsel, senior attorneys and associates, across practice areas. The firm’s gender-equity efforts are led by the Women Lawyers Advisory Committee, which focuses on the advancement of women at the firm. The committees, alongside the firm’s six affinity groups (Black, East Asian, Latino, LGBTQ, and Southeast Asian South Asian Middle Eastern, Diverse Associates Group (Washington)), develop and sponsor numerous initiatives to support diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, including curriculum, training, speaker series, affinity group activities, mentoring programs and special events.

In addition, we have a robust, dedicated DE&I team that works closely with practice groups and other Talent Team members to advocate for underrepresented associates and support the equitable distribution of opportunities to develop at the firm.

“In light of recent events, what commitments has Cleary made to diversity, equity and inclusion going forward?”

In 2020, Cleary reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining and preserving its values of equity, diversity and inclusion. We condemn the systemic racism and oppression that has plagued American society and in particular, the perpetual injustice the Black community faces. (Please see Cleary’s public statement issued by our Managing Partner). Cleary has redoubled its efforts to address racism, interrupt bias and enhance the professional development of Black and other diverse associates. The firm has made donations to the Equal Justice Initiative, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Ali Forney Center and matched employee donations to those organizations. We joined the new Law Firm Antiracism Alliance, a coalition of law firms formed to bring together and use collective resources to amplify the voices of those oppressed by racism and to find ways to better use the law in support of communities of color.

In consultation with external experts in organizational behavior and psychology, Cleary has hosted various forums and programs to facilitate discussion and education around anti-racism, anti-Blackness, and effective allyship. We have also created safe spaces and expanded mental health resources to provide additional support to communities personally impacted by these events of racial violence.

In 2020, we launched our Path to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion project, a global, cross-disciplinary effort focused on advancing equity within our firm. The Pillar Projects build on our existing DE&I initiatives and focus on six key pillars, including articulating our values to help ensure they are embedded into our processes and improving our data collection and reporting methods to increase transparency and accountability. The pillar projects are led by partners across the firm, as we understand the need to demonstrate leadership and support at the highest levels to achieve our DE&I goals.