Achieving an inclusive culture is not only about the destination, but the journey taken to get there. At Goodwin, we are continually committed to the journey toward greater inclusivity for our firm, our clients and the communities in which we operate. Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values embedded in our approach to the business and practice of law, as well as in the initiatives we drive and in the workplace environment we cultivate.Learn More
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 an equitable and inclusive legal community. As a national leading member of the profession, we have to invest in a legal community that is representative of our population. So we put our money where it counts: in the hands of high-achieving law students from diverse backgrounds.
The 1L and 2L Diversity Fellowship Programs are designed to promote diversity at Goodwin and in the legal profession by providing opportunities for law students from historically excluded groups. Established in 2005, Goodwin’s 1L Diversity Fellowships provides first-year law with the opportunity to be a 1L summer associate in Goodwin’s 10-week summer program, following their first year of law school. The Goodwin 2L Diversity Fellowships program provide second-year law students with the opportunity to earn a position in Goodwin’s 2023 Summer Associate program, in addition to receiving an award of $30,000 to help cover expenses during their third year of law school.Learn More
It’s not enough to say we want a diverse legal profession — we have to meaningfully invest in it. At Goodwin, years of practicing law have taught us that our investment is best placed in high-achieving law students from underrepresented backgrounds who bring new perspectives and help create a more inclusive environment. With diversity, equity and inclusion being core values of our business, we know that recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding law students and lawyers from historically excluded backgrounds allows us to break barriers within the legal profession and achieve unparalleled results.
Goodwin is proud to partner with Meta on our HBCU IP/Tech Scholarship Program. Goodwin will provide $20,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from historically excluded populations who are currently attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and will be starting law school in fall 2022.Learn More