Diversity: Morrison & Foerster LLP


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Diversity at Morrison & Foerster LLP


Morrison & Foerster has a long history of promoting diversity.  Long before the word became fashionable, the firm made a strong commitment to the idea, and the ideals, of diversity.  The firm was among the first major law firms in the country to embrace diversity as a core value, beyond equal opportunity and non-discrimination.  A commitment to diversity has become an integral part of our firm’s identity.

Thirty years ago, our partners believed that diversity was worth pursuing both as the right thing to do and because it would be invaluable to our clients.  A diverse group of lawyers results in multiple perspectives, richer thinking, and more creative solutions to the challenges our clients face, and reflects the diversity of the real world of judges, jurors, and the legal system as a whole.  Diversity among our lawyers and staff serves the firm’s overall institutional values, which emphasize excellence in client service, collegiality, respect for everyone, professional and business ethics, and duty to the profession and the community.  The firm offers diversity training programs in all U.S. offices, firmwide Attorneys of Color Workshops, and women’s events and training programs.  The firm has funded many initiatives designed to support minority students; to that end, $100,000 has been allocated for diversity scholarships in 2009. 

Over the years, the firm has been honored and recognized by a number of organizations and publications for its diversity initiatives, including the Minority Corporate Counsel Association; Minority Law Journal; MultiCultural Law magazine; Working Mother magazine; American Lawyer; Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms; the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.


·     11% of partners, 37% of associates, and 19% of counsel in U.S. offices are minorities

·     19% of partners, 47% of associates, and 37% of counsel are women

·     35% of the 2008 Summer Class were minorities, and 50% were women


·     Diversity Strategy Committee (DSC) includes Chair of the firm, Managing Partners for Operations, Department Chairs, the Director of Attorney Recruiting, and the Professional Development and Diversity Manager; the committee reports to the firm’s Board of Directors

·     Women’s Initiative Subcommittee of the DSC recommends steps that management should take to increase the development and advancement of our women attorneys

·     Attorneys of Color Advisory Committee serves as a sounding board for the firm on issues relating to attorneys of color, assists in planning events for attorneys of color, and helps with recruiting efforts


It is the policy of Morrison & Foerster LLP to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Firm does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, disability (including persons infected with HIV or persons with AIDS), veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partner status, other categories protected by law, or in retaliation for opposition to any practices forbidden under this policy.

The Firm also makes reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, and social and recreational programs, and includes the provision that no employee shall harass any other employee on any of the bases listed above.