We are committed to building a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Our leadership is actively involved in managing our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and fostering a culture that creates opportunities for everyone. We apply this same level of commitment in promoting the well-being of our lawyers and professional staff and in serving our communities.
While we celebrate what makes us unique, there is one thing that unites us all: We Are Morgan Lewis.
Pro Bono at Morgan Lewis
Morgan Lewis is committed to serving the public good. Our innovative, award-winning pro bono practice spans all of our offices around the globe. Each year, we provide more than 1,800 pro bono clients with the highest possible level of service. Our primary focus is on helping economically disadvantaged individuals and families in the communities where we live and work. We also provide legal services to nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations whose mission is to serve vulnerable individuals and communities. Our lawyers use their time and skills to ensure access to justice for people who otherwise could not afford it.
Morgan Lewis has long treated pro bono hours as billable, and we recognize and reward lawyers who have achieved success in their pro bono representations. We expect every eligible lawyer to contribute at least 20 hours to pro bono representations annually, and we are proud to say that 100% of our lawyers meet this goal each year. And, while we expect 20 pro bono hours per lawyer, our lawyers average closer to 65 hours per year, further exemplifying the firm’s commitment to pro bono.
Diversity & Inclusion at Morgan Lewis
At Morgan Lewis, diversity is not just a concept we talk about in theory—it is an asset we cultivate. Substantial work has gone into implementing numerous internal and external initiatives that address the issue of discrimination systemically and specifically within the law firm space. These initiatives also aim to advance racial, ethnic, gender, LGBTQ+, disability, and veteran diversity throughout our firm and the industry.
Diversity, inclusion, and equality are deeply rooted values at Morgan Lewis that become more embedded in the firm’s culture with each passing year. The October 2019 start of Firm Chair Jami McKeon’s second five-year term means we are again one of the world’s largest law firms led by a woman, and will be woman-led for a decade.
We understand that culture cascades from the top and that attracting, championing, and promoting our diverse lawyers is vital to lasting and visible equality. This earnest focus on advancing diverse lawyers has led to recognizable changes in the makeup of our leadership ranks—50% of the firm’s Advisory Board is diverse, 40% of our firmwide practice leaders are diverse, and 44% of our office managing partners are diverse. Our philosophy is to show—not tell—how we promote and celebrate diversity.
We also have made measurable progress in the recruitment and promotion of diverse lawyers. In recent years, nearly two-thirds of our partnership and summer associate classes included people of color or those identifying as LGBTQ+. Fostering diverse talent from the bottom up remains a goal of Morgan Lewis. Our 2020 partnership class is 64% diverse. Our 2021 summer associate class is composed of 60% persons of color and/or individuals who self-identify as LGBTQ+.
Recognizing the need to take an intersectional approach to addressing anti-racism and engage those who desire guidance on how to be a better ally, we launched an internal Allyship Series for our firm community. The panels share best approaches for antiracist work on organizational and individual levels.