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.
How We Approach Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
We support our people by building inclusive talent systems with mechanisms embedded to help us disrupt bias, eliminate hidden barriers to success, and promote equity.
- Structured interviewing
- Updates to annual review, promotion and allocations processes
- Sponsorship and pipeline programs
- Mansfield slate diversity rule
We raise awareness, build DEI competency and create space for connection—which helps us achieve our goal of fostering a sense of belonging for everyone.
- Upstander tips
- Week of inclusion
- Allyship education
- 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
- DEI CLE, community service and pro bono offerings
- DEI advisory services
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.