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In Our DNA: A Historic Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion


Firm Chair, Brad Karp

Long before diversity and inclusion became a common cause among law firms, Paul, Weiss helped lead the way. It was the first New York firm to include both Jews and Gentiles in its ranks, and the first to hire an African-American lawyer. Click here to learn more from Firm Chair Brad Karp, and to read the Firm Principles outlined by Simon Rifkind in 1963.

Awards and Recognition

Paul, Weiss has been recognized many times over for our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Recent awards and recognition include:

  • Ranked among the top 25 “Most Diverse Law Firms” for 14 consecutive years, with two number-one rankings, by The American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard.

  • Awarded the 2018 Law Firm Diversity Award by the Asian-American Bar Association of NY (AABANY).

  • Recognized in 2016 by Vault as a “Best Law Firm” in four categories: Minorities, Individuals with Disabilities, Women and LGBT Individuals.

  • Awarded Gold Standard Certification from Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) in 2015, 2016 and 2017, an honor bestowed on U.S. law firms of 300 or more attorneys that can demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners and firm-wide leadership.

See more of our recognitions here

Women at Paul, Weiss

In this video, partners, counsel, associates and alumnae discuss what it's like to practice at Paul, Weiss and the strength of the firm's commitment to gender diversity and inclusion at all levels.

Read more from our Women’s Initiative Committee Co-Chairs and deputy chair here.

Inclusive Networks


The firm supports several networks that contribute to the overall inclusiveness of the firm’s culture, while providing opportunities for members to forge supportive connections. Read more here.

Diversity Mentoring Program


“Our Diversity Mentoring Program is designed to provide an avenue for career guidance, resources and advisors for diverse lawyers at the firm. Voluntary and available to junior LGBTQ associates and associates of color, the program matches participants with partner mentors in their practice areas who can provide career advice and guidance.

“Today, I feel it’s the same welcoming, supportive place it was when I had my first interview and I’m proud of our ongoing diversity efforts — which range from our official mentoring programs, our participation in several programs that introduce undergraduates and high school students to the legal profession and our hosting of an annual diversity event.” - Corporate partner Amran Hussein, pictured with mentor Robert M. Hirsh, Of Counsel

Annual Diversity Networking Reception


Paul, Weiss’s 16th Annual Diversity Networking Event in June 2017 captured the spirit of our long and closely-held commitment to promoting diversity and equality in the legal profession and across other industries.

Making a Difference

Our firm is deeply committed to providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need across a broad range of constitutional, civil rights and other public interest matters. From helping Thurgood Marshall reverse the doctrine of "separate but equal" in Brown v. Board of Education to representing Edith Windsor in challenging the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, our attorneys have achieved landmark victories in civil rights cases that have changed society for the better.

In recent pro bono matters promoting diversity and inclusion, the firm:

  • Joined an ABA amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions policies.

  • Represented Edith Windsor in the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

  • Represented Asian-American police officers in a suit against their employer proving that promotion practices had a disparate and discriminatory impact in violation of Title VII.

  • In Davis, et al. v. City of New York, represented 400,000 NYCHA residents alleging discriminatory and unlawful NYPD stop and frisk practices, resulting in a settlement that included changes to NYPD procedures.

  • Filed an amicus brief on behalf of 113 women lawyers in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas laws restricting abortion services as unduly burdensome.

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