Fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment is one of our most important missions. At Ropes & Gray we welcome and value diversity in all aspects of the firm’s operations as they are fundamental to our core values of excellence, fairness and integrity. And we pivot when necessary to ensure we remain at the forefront of changes in our community.
Ropes & Gray was a founding member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. Last year, the firm conducted more than 25 small group “listening sessions” to give attorneys and staff the space to share how they were impacted by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. These discussions led to the creation of the firm’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Watch the following video to learn more about racial and ethnic diversity at Ropes & Gray.
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The firm works hard to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of people of diverse backgrounds at all levels. Our diversity committee hosts programs and events, addresses policy issues, and works to ensure that diversity remains a key focus across all of our offices. In continued support of this effort, the firm offers the following affinity forums for both attorneys and support staff:
- Ropes Multicultural Forum– Advances the firm’s commitment to fostering an environment where individuals of diverse backgrounds and identities succeed professionally, fully contribute to firm goals and are involved in firm leadership. The group conducts quarterly meetings and holds special networking and mentoring events, and has established the Diversity Development Grant program to help diverse lawyers offset business development expenses.
- The Women's Forum– Offers women attorneys a variety of educational, professional development and networking opportunities. Women’s Forum programs have addressed topics ranging from networking and mentoring to marketing. In addition, the Women’s Forum promotes mentoring circles across the firm and organizes events that provide opportunities for relationship building and development of essential career skills. The Women’s Forum also offers financial grants that encourage women lawyers to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit and seek out business development initiatives.
- LGBTQ+ Forum– We want to be a place where our LGBTQ+ lawyers feel welcome and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. To help promote an inclusive environment, our LGBTQ+ Forum regularly sponsors presentations and talks covering current legal topics important to the LGBTQ+ community. Members of the forum also participate in the hiring process, act as resources for LGBTQ+ summer associates, and identify and coordinate LGBTQ+-related pro bono matters.
To further promote diversity within the firm and the legal profession, we’ve established the Roscoe Trimmier Jr. Diversity Scholarship for 2L law students, as well as a 1L Diversity Fellowship. The 2L Diversity Scholarship and 1L Diversity Fellowship will be awarded to applicants who exemplify accomplishment, leadership and dedication, and who are members of populations historically underrepresented in the legal profession.
The Roscoe Trimmier Jr. 2L Diversity Scholarship, named after our first African American partner, awards scholarships of $25,000 to a number of outstanding 2L students to help offset the expenses of their legal education, and a paid summer associate position following completion of the second year of law school.
The 1L Diversity Fellowship offers a select number of highly qualified 1L students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in the firm’s summer associate program. Candidates will also have the opportunity to participate in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) scholars program and are eligible to earn an offer to return for their 2L summer, as well as a scholarship.
To learn more about the firm’s commitment to diversity, we encourage you to view our Diversity page.