Biglaw companies across the country are implementing all kinds of initiatives to draw attention to the importance of diversity and inclusion among their ranks. We have previously admitted Dorsey & Whitney, Hogan Lovells, Reed Smith, Coli, And the Baker MacKenzie As companies where the approved diversity and work related to inclusion will be billable to attorneys and will be counted within bonus limits. We just got word that another leading law firm has had a successful program like this one that has been quietly running since 2020 – and this firm offers one of the highest number of hours of diversity and billable listings we’ve heard about so far.
Ropes & Gray – the company with a combined revenue of $ 1,903,616,000 in 2019, placed it 13th in its latest Am Law 100 ranking – introduced two new policies in 2020 to encourage increased efforts in hiring, retention, and advancement for those who are ethnically and ethnically diverse. , LGBTQ +, and / or women, as well as persons with disabilities.
Not only does Ropes have a 20-hour annual commitment to all attorneys involved in promoting diversity, but the company also offers up to 100 hours of billable credits to partners and advisors for diversity, equity and inclusion activities. Those hours are counted under the 20-hour commitment. Here’s what David Juha, the company’s managing partner, said about the initiative in a wide-ranging note:
At Ropes & Gray, our culture of excellence extends to everything we do as a company. An essential part of this culture of excellence – and being active in the Ropes and Gray Citizen program – is bringing our efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and welcoming community with the same enthusiasm and urgency that we provide for our service to clients. To do the work of diversity, equity and inclusion effectively, each of us must be involved and each of us must be committed to our success.
Congratulations to Ropes & Gray for their commitment to diversity, and for her attorneys offering a way to create a more inclusive workplace. The company’s various bills are only shy of Baker McKenzie’s 125-hour offer, but it doubles the offerings of all the others, putting it near the top of the pile when it comes to Biglaw’s dedication to fairness in the profession. What are the following companies that will come forward and do what is right?
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