Move the Needle

Goodwin is one of five trailblazing law firms partnering with Diversity Lab on the Move the Needle (MTN) initiative – the first collaborative designed and funded with $5M to test innovative initiatives to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. More than two dozen general counsel, a cohort of community leaders and fellow participating law firms are also part of this trailblazing initiative to move the needle on diversity and inclusion.

Goodwin’s Move the Needle goals are as follows. 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 will be consistent with or greater than the diversity of graduating law student classes, as measured on January 1, 2020, by gender, race/ethnicity, and LGBTQ identity.
  • The collective composition of all firm leadership committees will be at least 40% diverse.

In all our efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion, we remain committed to equal opportunity for all our people.

In order to achieve its goals, Goodwin will deepen and strengthen its existing initiatives, including CRED@Goodwin, Pride@Goodwin, Women@Goodwin, and Inclusion@Goodwin, among others. The firm will also develop new research-based initiatives in collaboration with Diversity Lab and the Move the Needle members. Goodwin will measure the outcomes of each of these initiatives and will share results publicly.

Learn more about the Move the Needle Fund.

In the Press: Going Further to Move the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion (Legal 500)

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Laura Rees Acosta

Managing Director, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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Carrie Gilman

Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity + Inclusion
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Michael R. Caplan

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