Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

Goodwin is committed to promoting diversity within our firm and in the legal profession, and also to fostering an inclusive environment in which each attorney and professional can excel and thrive. Diversity and inclusion are core values at Goodwin, and we believe that they make us stronger as a firm, as a provider of legal services and as an employer. We believe that equity demands a diverse workforce and legal profession, and we have a lengthy track record of enabling equal access to the legal system through our extraordinary pro bono efforts and our broad non-discrimination policies.

As an important next step in our diversity, equity and inclusion journey, in January 2020, Goodwin announced bold public retention and advancement goals to be achieved in the next five years.

By January 2025:

  • The diversity of (i) Goodwin’s senior associate population and (ii) its population of partners and equity partners elevated in the preceding five years will match or exceed its entry-level associate diversity, which is 50% gender diverse, 35% racioethnically diverse, and 10% LGBTQ+ diverse; and
  • The collective composition of all firm leadership committees will be at least 40% diverse.

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY, EQUITY + INCLUSION

Depth and meaningful impact have been the focus of global diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. More than ever, we have collectively recognized that our efforts are not enough — durable change is necessary. As the world embraces these concepts, so does Goodwin as we continuously strive to be unprecedented in the way we practice law, nurture and inspire our employees, and support our clients. Learn More
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Goodwin is all in on Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

Goodwin is committed to promoting diversity in our law firm and in the legal profession. We are also committed to an inclusive environment in which each employee can excel and thrive. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core to our business and our values.

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Diversity Fellowships

Investing in leaders of tomorrow. It’s not enough to say we want a diverse legal community. As a national leading member of the profession, we have to invest in a diverse legal community. So we put our money where it counts: in the hands of high-achieving diverse law students.

The 1L and 2L Diversity Fellowship Programs are designed to promote diversity at Goodwin and in the legal profession. Established in 2005, Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowships provide first-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $10,000 each to help cover expenses while working in a public interest law position during the summer after their first year of law school.  Selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with a Goodwin office of their choice in the interviewing season during their second year of law school. The newly created Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellowships provide second-year law students from underrepresented backgrounds with awards of $15,000 each. The funds are paid out half upon completion of Goodwin’s 2L summer program and half upon starting as a full-time associate at the firm.

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Laura Rees Acosta

Managing Director, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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Yakiry Adal

Director, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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Deborah S. Birnbach

Co-Chair, Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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Carrie Gilman

Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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Lisa R. Haddad

Co-Chair, Public M&A / Corporate Governance
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Sabrina M. Rose-Smith

Chair, CRED@Goodwin
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Michele Joo Shank

Manager, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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Pauline Vesleno

Manager, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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