Press Release September 20, 2016

Goodwin Proudly Supports ABA Resolution 113 Urging Legal Services Providers To Expand Opportunities For Diverse Attorneys

Global 50 law firm Goodwin today announced its strong support for the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113, an initiative designed to increase diversity in the legal profession. The Resolution urges all legal services providers to expand and create opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys, and urges clients to direct a greater percentage of the legal services they purchase to diverse attorneys.

Goodwin applauds the 24 General Counsel who have already committed to the Resolution and who are working to build further support for it in the legal community.

“Goodwin is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in our profession,” said David M. Hashmall, Goodwin’s Chairman and leader of the firm’s Inclusion Advisory Committee (IAC). “We believe that Resolution 113 will help promote transparency and accountability, which are critical elements of any successful diversity initiative, and we applaud the ABA’s efforts to standardize a form of survey that clients can use to solicit diversity information from their outside counsel.”

Goodwin’s IAC works with the firm’s longstanding diversity initiatives to help the firm create an overall vision for diversity and inclusion, and to bring increased focus and urgency to this important area.

The report accompanying Resolution 113 states that “it is well established that when organizations are diverse and inclusive at every level, clients and the public are better served.” Goodwin fully embraces this statement and is dedicated to creating an inclusive culture in which every individual has the opportunity to excel and thrive.