Broadening our horizons. From our partner-led CRED@Goodwin (Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity), which works to ensure career advancement for attorneys of color, to our truly meaningful fellowships provided to outstanding law students of color, Goodwin supports a dynamic set of racial and ethnic diversity initiatives. In addition to reflecting our firm’s core values, these initiatives are part of a strategic business approach to help Goodwin attract top legal talent and to serve our clients more effectively.
CRED@Goodwin (Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity)
CRED@Goodwin is a partner-led, firm-wide initiative focused on identifying and implementing opportunities to promote diversity within our firm. CRED has a presence in every Goodwin office. CRED is chaired by partner Sabrina Rose-Smith and includes other partners, associates, and key firm administrators.
The goals of CRED are to:
- Attract and retain highly talented attorneys of color
- Support attorneys of color throughout their careers at the firm through professional development, mentoring and sponsorship
- Advance attorneys of color to leadership positions throughout the firm
- Create a firm community that is increasingly culturally aware and appreciative of the firm's diversity and the ways it enriches Goodwin
Sponsorships and Accolades
A policy of diversity and equal access to justice is important. But policies are only as good as the actions they inspire. Goodwin sponsors programs and events that are catalysts in the legal community. Our goal is to make the practice of law and the justice system more accessible and accountable.
The following is a representative list of our firm memberships and recent sponsorships:
- American Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award
- Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA)
- Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM)
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC)
- Boston Bar Association Beacon Award
- Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. Equal Justice Awards
- Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
- Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA)
- Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA)
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Gala
- National Asian Pacific Bar Association (NAPABA)
- South Asian Association of Greater Boston (SABA – GB)
Goodwin has been widely recognized for its commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. Recent accolades include:
- Goodwin received the 2017 Diversity Initiative Award from Boston University School of Law’s Black Law Student’s Association (BLSA) for exceptional commitment to the law school and legal community at large.
- Retired partner Paul Lee, past president of both the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), was awarded the 2013 Boston Bar Association Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion. Mr. Lee was the 2007 winner of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Spirit of Excellence Award for his ongoing commitment to diversity.
- Of counsel Richard Soden, a former Goodwin partner and past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA), was awarded the ABA’s Spirit of Excellence Award in 2009 for his extensive work promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
- Wayne Budd, a former partner and current senior counsel - and also former president of the MBLA, was named one of the 2012 Honorees of Excellence in the Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Budd was honored for “Excellence in Diversity.”
- Calvin Wingfield was named to the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) in New York City in 2016.
Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships
The Goodwin Public Interest Fellowships offer financial awards to students of color who work in public interest positions the summer after their first year of law school. Selected fellows are guaranteed a “straight-to-callback” interview with the Goodwin office of their choice in the fall interviewing season during their second year of law school. Fellows are also invited to participate in some of the firm’s summer associate events during their fellowship summer.
Goodwin is proud to partner with the Posse Foundation, an organization which provides high-achieving high school students with full-tuition scholarships to elite universities in supportive, multicultural teams, or “posses.” With a phenomenal graduation rate of 90 percent, many Posse graduates continue on to law school and other successful professional pursuits. Goodwin is a Posse Career Partner. We hire summer interns through the foundation and have successfully recruited two Posse Scholars into our case assistant/paralegal program.
Boston Lawyers Group Mentor Program
Goodwin attorneys have enthusiastically participated in the Boston Lawyers Group mentor program for first-year law students of color in the Boston area for several years. Goodwin is a founding member of the Boston Lawyers Group, an organization dedicated to fostering inclusiveness at Boston-area legal employers. The program is designed to provide first-year law students of color with the opportunity to develop a one-on-one relationship with a practicing attorney from one of the member organizations. Goodwin has hosted the mentor-mentee kickoff event for many years.