Diversity: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

 



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Diversity at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP


Our diversity efforts encourage and enhance our strengths by leveraging individual backgrounds, talents, perspectives and skills. To ensure that we fulfill our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the legal profession, we have implemented a comprehensive program to educate our attorneys and staff about key diversity and inclusion principles, awareness and understanding of cultural backgrounds and differences, the benefits of embracing diversity and inclusion, barriers to diversity and inclusion, and overcoming these barriers. In addition to this extensive effort, the Firm supports a variety of gender, racial, ethnic and sexual orientation diversity programs, organizations and associations.

Diversity Committee

Cadwalader's Diversity Committee is charged with spearheading Cadwalader's diversity initiatives. In addition to the firm's diversity professionals and the Managing Partner, the Diversity Committee includes partners representing each of the firm's departments, the hiring partners for, and associates representing, each of the firm's domestic offices, and the Directors of Human Resources and Associate Development and Recruiting. A partner in each practice department oversees the implementation of diversity initiatives at the department level.

Director of Diversity
Jeremiah A. DeBerry is Cadwalader's Director of Diversity. He is charged with overseeing all aspects of the firm's efforts to promote and monitor the recruitment, retention, training and promotion of diverse personnel, including community outreach and developing and implementing policies and procedures. Prior to joining Cadwalader, he served as the President of the National Attorney of Color Network, an organization he founded as a resource for legal employers seeking to establish a diverse workforce. Prior to that, he was a partner at a prominent New York City law firm, where he served on the Diversity Committee and was responsible for drafting the firm's Guiding Principles. Mr. DeBerry earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Editor of the Virginia Law Review and an Earl Warren Legal Scholar. He holds a B.A. from Tufts University and completed the Executive Training Program on Corporate Governance at North western University's Kellogg School of Management. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.

Diversity Highlights

Recognition

  • MultiCultural Law Magazine named Cadwalader one of the top 100 law firms in the country for diversity in 2008.
  • Cadwalader was tapped by Women 3.0 as one of the top 100 law firms in the nation for women.
  • For the second consecutive year, Cadwalader received a score of 95 from The Human Rights Campaign in its Corporate Equality Index report, an analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers, and investors.
  • MultiCultural Law Magazine recently named Cadwalader among the Top 100 law firms for diversity, among the Top 25 law firms for Native American attorneys and among the Top 10 law firms for attorneys with disabilities.
  • Cadwalader placed 39 out of 154 law firms by percentage of minority attorneys in a recent American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard ranking.

Training Programs

  • Mandatory diversity training for attorneys and staff focuses on creating a diverse and inclusive culture by making the most of every work relationship.
  • Cadwalader College - Foreign Language Institute offers lunchtime language tables in each office, an initiative that facilitates increased interaction among personnel interested in developing and maintaining their foreign language skills.
  • An Affinity Group program provides support and resources to attorney groups who share a common connection, such as race, cultural heritage, generation, gender, religion, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, work schedules, and/or other defining criteria.
  • A mentoring program focuses on creating nurturing relationships and enhancing professional development, with a particular focus on attorneys of color, women attorneys and LGBT attorneys.
  • Mentoring programs are maintained with various diverse high school and law students.
  • A monthly diversity newsletter, which provides web and media resources and event information related to a specific heritage, race or cultural background being honored or recognized in a given month, keeps our personnel well-informed about the diverse world in which we live.
  • U.S. summer associates participate in a private tour and program at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's New York Tolerance Center.

Memberships

  • Cadwalader is a participant in the Sponors for Educational Opportunities (SEO) Careers Program
  • A specialty bar associations program assists attorneys in expanding their professional development and networking opportunities. Such bar associations include the Asian American Bar Association of New York; Hispanic National Bar Association; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York; Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Native American Bar Association; New York State Women's Bar; North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys; and Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Events

  • "Diversity 8-Minute Networking" is an event that provides an opportunity for minority law students in the Washington D.C. area to network with attorneys from local law firms as well as develop their interviewing skills.
  • A lecture series on diversity-related matters is held regularly. Recently, Professor Derrick Bell, noted author and expert on race and the law of the New York University School of Law, and U.S. District Court Judge Denny Chin have been guests.
  • The D.C. Minority Networking Series is a program that invites minority lawyers from all Washington D.C.-area law firms to participate in quarterly networking events and speaker series.
  • Cadwalader has put in place a $10,000 scholarship for high performing minority law students.

Gender Diversity

Cadwalader seeks to create a work environment in which all personnel have equal opportunity in all areas of their professional lives and are able to maximize their potential and productivity. In an effort to foster such an environment, the firm introduced the Cadwalader Women¿s Initiative, a group that fosters the development and advancement of women. Several women partners guide the group¿s efforts in sponsoring programs emphasizing mentoring, networking, communication and other professional development skills. The firm also supports professional development programs sponsored by local bar associations and law school women's groups.

Cadwalader also is committed to developing and supporting policies that encourage personal as well as professional growth, offering paid parental leave, and part-time and flex-time schedules. The firm is a member of Flex-time Lawyers LLC, a networking and support organization for attorneys who work on a flexible or reduced schedule.

Racial Diversity

Cadwalader actively support racial diversity efforts. In addition to becoming a signatory to the New York City Bar Association's Statement of Diversity Principles, the firm sponsors programs for law students and legal professionals of color around the country. The firm has expanded recruiting efforts at schools with significant diverse populations and has launched a scholarship program in conjunction with Howard University School of Law.

We also provide support to and participate in programs sponsored by:

  • American Bar Association Council on Legal Education Opportunity
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Cook County Minority Job Fair
  • Hispanic Law Conference
  • Indian Law Conference
  • Latino/a American Law Students Association
  • National Association of Law Placement Diversity Summit
  • National Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Diversity Symposium
  • North Carolina Bar Association Minority Recruitment Program
  • Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Summer Associate Program
  • Prep for Prep
  • South Asian Law Students Association
  • Southeast Minority Job Fair
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunities (SEO)
  • Vault Diversity Career Fair

Sexual Orientation Diversity

Cadwalader provides philanthropic and pro bono support for the LGBT community. In addition to law school outreach, the firm supports, and has been involved with, a number of lesbian, gay and bisexual organizations, including:

  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York, Inc. (LeGal)
  • New York County Lawyers' Association Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York¿s Committee on Gay and Lesbian Rights
  • Immigration Equality Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  • National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
  • New York City LGBT Career Fair
  • Lesbian and Gay Rights and HIV/AIDS Projects of the American Civil Liberties Union

Cadwalader also offers full health care benefits to the domestic partners of our LGBT attorneys.