Diversity + Inclusion
A broader perspective strengthens us as a firm and as a community. With diversity, our teams are smarter and we can deliver unprecedented results.
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 and inclusion are core to our business and our values, and our Chairman Emeritus-led Inclusion@Goodwin initiative ensures that we make our efforts in this area a top priority.
It’s also a matter of justice. 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.
Goodwin is an equal opportunity employer. We hire, train, and promote without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or other legally protected status.
How We Approach Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
We support our people by building inclusive talent systems and disrupting the bias that can impact decision-making in the talent cycle.
- Structured Interviewing
- Performance Review System Updates
- “Amplify” Sponsorship Program
- Business Unit Diversity + Inclusion Action Plans
We raise awareness and build community to create a sense of belonging for all of our people.
- Day of Inclusion
- Ongoing Inclusive Leadership Training
- Transparent Internal Communications
- Affinity Group Programming
We provide learning and giving-back opportunities to our clients to help them achieve their own diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
- Unprecedented Conversations Speaker Series
- Diversity of Lawyers in Pop Culture CLE
- D+I-related Pro Bono and Community Service Offerings
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.