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DRAWING STRENGTH FROM DIVERSITY

Diversity is an essential component of Ropes & Gray's firm identity, one that has become even more important as we serve an increasingly varied roster of clients around the world. We are committed to fostering an inclusive community of professionals of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and family structures. We see our individual differences as an asset that enhances the quality of life for each of us and strengthens what we can accomplish as a firm.

Our commitment to diversity is guided by the firm's diversity committee, which develops programs and events, addresses policy and personnel issues, and sets strategy to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of people from diverse backgrounds.

In continued support of this effort, the firm offers the following attorney affinity groups:

  • Ropes Multicultural Group – 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 – Works to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys feel welcome and succeed in the workplace.

In addition, diverse attorneys participate in the hiring process and work with summer associates.

Ropes & Gray has received widespread recognition for our commitment to diversity, including:

  • Consistently strong Vault rankings:
    • Overall diversity: #8 in 2019; top 3 for 7 of the past 8 years
    • LGBT: #6 in 2019; top 3 for 7 of the past 8 years
    • Women: #11 in 2019; top 5 for 7 of the past 8 years
    • Minorities: #9 in 2019; top 5 for 6 of the past 8 years
  • 10 consecutive 100 percent scores on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, earning designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”
  • Two consecutive top 10 rankings on Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys” list, as well as its “Ceiling Smashers” list of law firms with the highest percentage of women equity partners (2017, 2018).
  • Three consecutive recognitions for Gender Equity by Yale Law Women (2016, 2017, 2018).
  • “Best Mentoring Program” from the Chambers Women in Law Awards
  • Two consecutive Thomas L. Sager Awards from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association

To learn more about the firm’s commitment to diversity, we encourage you to view our Diversity page.

 

A PROUD RECORD OF PRO BONO SERVICE

Ropes & Gray's public service commitment is a hallmark of the firm. The firm’s pro bono program includes representing clients in immigration and asylum cases, advocating for marriage equality and other LGBTQ-related issues, work with the Innocence Project, advising veterans, and defending inmate rights, among others. In 2017, more than 1,600 firm attorneys, paralegals, summer associates and other professionals provided more than 160,000 hours of pro bono service. To encourage participation in the pro bono program, the firm fully credits pro bono hours in the calculation of an attorney’s billable hours.

Ropes & Gray has earned widespread recognition for our pro bono efforts. Recent honors include:

  • For the seventh consecutive year, The American Lawyer named Ropes & Gray to its annual “A-List” ranking of 20 leading law firms. Additionally, the publicationranked Ropes & Gray eighth on its “2018 Pro Bono Scorecard.”
  • Ranked sixth for pro bono in the U.S. by Vault 2019.
  • The Financial Times cited the firm in the social responsibility category in its “Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2017” report; the publication had previously commended Ropes & Gray for innovative pro bono work in 2016.
  • The National Law Journal honored Ropes & Gray on its 2017 Pro Bono Hot List.
  • Law360 recognized the firm as a Pro Bono “Firm of the Year” in 2016 and 2014.
  • Ropes & Gray was named “Pro Bono Program of the Year” at the inaugural Chambers Diversity Awards in 2016.
  • The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project honored the firm with its 2017 Outstanding Service Award.
  • Veterans Legal Services honored Ropes & Gray with its Outstanding Pro Bono Award in 2016.
  • Immigration Equality recognized Ropes & Gray with a Safe Haven Award in 2016 for pro bono work on behalf of LGBT people seeking asylum in the United States.
  • Heartland Health Outreach presented Ropes & Gray with the Food for Life Award in recognition of the firm’s pro bono support.
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recognized Ropes & Gray’s Washington, D.C. office, where more than 75 percent of lawyers contributed 50 or more hours of pro bono work in 2017.
  • Human Rights First has honored the firm with the Marvin E. Frankel Award, which recognizes the efforts of Ropes & Gray attorneys who have been working with the organization on asylum and immigration cases since the early 1990s.

To learn more about our pro bono work, we encourage you to view our Pro Bono page.