The Pride Initiative. To help build a strong network of LGBT professionals and allies at Goodwin, we formed the partner-led Pride Initiative, which focuses on recruiting, retaining and advancing LGBT talent, plus creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment across the firm. The Initiative is chaired by partners Scott Webster and William Weiss.
Our firm works hard to foster connections and collaboration among all members of our community. The Pride Initiative champions this effort by hosting annual Pride celebrations in each of our offices.
Sponsorships and Accolades
Each year, the firm sponsors the following events:
- The National Lesbian and Gay Association (NLGLA) Conference
- The NLGLA Lavender Law Job Fair
- The ACLU and NYCLU LGBT & AIDS Project Cocktail Reception in New York
- Greater Boston PFLAG Pride & Passion Annual Benefit and Auction
- The GLAD Spirit of Justice Award Dinner in Boston
- The Annual Lawyers for Transgender Rights Event in Boston
On behalf of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), we played a prominent role in winning the fight for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. We worked directly with GLAD’s Civil Rights project director on her brief and historic oral argument that made Massachusetts the first state to recognize that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. (Read our Case Study "Now Justice is Bliss")
Since then, the Pride Initiative has continued to work with GLAD to protect the rights of LGBT individuals. Recently, we authored a powerful amicus brief in support of Gavin Grimm – a 15-year-old transgender high school student who was prohibited by the Gloucester County School Board from using the high school’s boys’ restrooms – in his successful appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The Pride Initiative also works closely with firm management to ensure that the firm’s policies and practices are protective of our LGBT employees, as well as all other protected categories of employees. As a result, we have been repeatedly recognized as a Human Rights Campaign “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” a distinction awarded to businesses who receive a 100 percent score on the organization’s Corporate Equality Index.