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It's about inclusion

As One Firm with lawyers in offices around the world, we are always working to strike a balance between understanding and respecting our many cultures and developing a single, strong core value system throughout the Firm.

Our position as one of the first US-based law firms to establish a truly global presence has meant that we provide counsel and representation in virtually every area of law that affects cross-border business. Diversity for us is not a choice—it is a professional imperative.

Our strategies for achieving success in this area center on dedicating resources to recruiting talent widely, retaining the best and promoting equitably.

More about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Awards and recognition

Highlights of our most recent awards for diversity and inclusion include:

  • Fifth consecutive #1 ranking as most diverse firm in the US on The American Lawyer’s 2018 Diversity Scorecard (survey of 220 of the largest and highest-grossing law firms)

  • Best International Firm for Talent Management at the 2018 Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards for the sixth consecutive year

  • 10th consecutive 100% rating on commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace issues on the 2018 Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, identifying our Firm as one of the best places to work for LGBT individuals.

  • Second consecutive #1 ranking law firm for lawyers of color on Law360’s 2017 Diversity Snapshot

  • One of only two Tier 1 ranked firms on the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s 2016 Do Good, Do Well List, acknowledging the Firm’s high levels of both diversity and profitability

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Firm Diversity Award 2016

  • 6th most diverse firm among international firms in the UK on the 2015 Black Solicitors Network’s Diversity League Table

  • PRIDE 500 employer seal from STICKS & STONES for LGBTI inclusion in Germany

See more of our awards and recognition.


Our approach: Recruitment, retention, investment

Recruiting, developing and advancing people of diverse backgrounds strengthens our business and our work across practices and regions. Diverse teams that reflect our clients and their customers are better at solving our clients’ complex problems and enable us to create better work product.

The first step – recruitment

White & Case’s proud commitment to inclusion has made us an employer of choice worldwide. Attracting diverse talent requires a concerted effort to communicate our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and this work has substantially increased the number of applicants we are able to recruit. We partner with minority law school associations and sponsor affinity groups and events at a wide variety of law schools and universities.

The key to success – retention

White & Case’s nine affinity groups provide key professional development, mentoring, client networking and other support to their members and continue to educate our entire Firm on the value of differences and inclusion. Our Global Women’s Initiative and local women’s networks strengthen the development and engagement of women associates through executive coaching, mentoring and other programs. Our Diversity Speaker Series and other events raise awareness, understanding and tolerance by introducing a broad spectrum of topics and encouraging the sharing of ideas and perspectives.

The road to long-term success – investment

In addition to our constant investment in the diversity of the legal community through law school affinity groups, job fairs, panel discussions and networking events, we continue to expand our support for diverse communities. In New York, we partner with Street Law to teach legal issues to New York City high school students and host students from Hunter College, which has one of the most diverse student bodies in the US. Lawyers in our Miami office sponsor and mentor debate teams in inner city Miami public schools. In the UK, we are a platinum sponsor of Women in the City Afro-Caribbean network (WCAN), mentor students through Envision, a UK youth charity, and are founding supporters of PRIME, an alliance of UK law firms committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience. We make it a priority to sponsor and support programs that help improve the education and career guidance of minority students.

Read about our Diversity Initiative Programs


Key sponsorships

White & Case is proud to sponsor and partner with a great many external organizations and events that promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, including these representative sponsorships.


Women at White & Case

It all starts with talent management. White & Case Women's Initiative began in 2004 to attract and retain the best people. We now have local office women's networks in almost all our offices around the world. They help our women associates develop the knowledge, skill and experience required for success at the Firm, including client management and business development skills, and they provide opportunities to connect with our clients and the broader legal community. National think tank Diversity Lab has announced that White & Case fully satisfied the criteria for “Mansfield Certification”—confirming our work to boost the numbers of women and diverse lawyers in leadership roles..

Read more about our Women's Initiative Programs.


Q&A: with the Chair of our Global Diversity Committee

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Raoul Cantero
Partner

What is the ethos behind the firm’s approach to diversity?

Diversity and inclusion for us is not a choice—it is a professional imperative. We are a truly global law firm, with men and women of diverse backgrounds who speak 90 different languages. We depend on our global, one-firm culture to channel this diversity, and we use it to serve our equally diverse clients.

White & Case has been ranked the #1 most diverse law firm in the US on The American Lawyer’s 2018 Diversity Scorecard for five consecutive years and ranked #1 on Law360’s Diversity Snapshot for two consecutive years. We have received a 100% favorable rating on our commitment to LGBT workplace issues from the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for ten consecutive years.

But while we appreciate widespread industry recognition for our commitment to diversity, we value our diversity because it is essential to who we are.

What has a more diverse, inclusive workplace brought to White & Case and to your clients?

The diversity of White & Case lawyers and staff is a source of strength, enabling us to effectively represent our diverse community of clients worldwide. Our clients come from around the globe, with varying backgrounds and a spectrum of challenges. Many of them conduct business globally.

So, recruiting, developing and advancing people of diverse backgrounds strengthens our business and our work across practices and regions. Diverse teams that reflect our clients and their customers are better at solving our clients’ complex problems and enable us to create better work product.

We also partner with our clients through our global women’s networks, affinity networks and other outreach projects on a range of diversity and inclusion matters. These include educational programming, thought leadership, coaching on organizational inclusion, mentoring collaborations and networking initiatives. In many cases, these partnerships strengthen our connections with our clients even further.

How does White & Case encourage a more diverse and inclusive workplace?

White & Case generally attracts individuals who are interested in different cultures, experiences, languages and viewpoints. Our mission is to build upon this strength and create an environment where all who work here are assisted and inspired to reach their potential.

For example, beyond eradicating explicit bias to hire, develop and promote a diverse set of highly talented people, we recently began a Firm-wide program to raise awareness of unconscious bias. We have completed more than 85 of these sessions with more than 2,500 participants in our offices globally.

This innovative program is designed to optimize workplace engagement and educate our partners and employees on unconscious bias through interactive training, acted scenarios and guidance on how awareness of our implicit biases can help all of us become more effective leaders and team members. Participants in the sessions overwhelmingly find them educational and enlightening.

What are White & Case’s policies and strategies for recruitment of diverse lawyers?

Our proud commitment to inclusion has made us an employer of choice worldwide. And our strategies for achieving success in this area focus on dedicating resources to recruiting talent widely.

We partner with minority law school associations and sponsor multiple affinity groups and events at a wide variety of law schools and universities. These efforts include participating and sponsoring multiple diversity job fairs, résumé collection programs, national minority student conferences, panel discussions, student networking events and on-campus minority job fairs at various law schools and universities.

In the US, we established a 1L Diversity Fellowship program for highly-qualified students at select law schools. We also partner with prominent pipeline programs, such as Sponsors for Educational Opportunity in the US and Aspiring Solicitors and Rare Recruitment in the UK, to connect with talented students from historically underrepresented groups. We seek diversity of thought and experience in all our lawyers and offer all our people the opportunity to participate in globally-minded teams in an environment that’s geared toward cross-border collaboration.

What programs does White & Case have in place to help retain diverse staff?

Our emphasis on retaining and promoting a diverse population of lawyers and business services professionals makes it vital to ensure that all our people work on interesting and important matters, feel they are productive members of high-performing teams and participate in skills training programs.

White & Case’s nine affinity groups provide key professional development, mentoring, client networking and other support to their members and continue to educate our entire Firm on the value of differences and inclusion.

Our Global Women’s Initiative and local women’s networks strengthen the development and engagement of women associates through executive coaching, mentoring and other programs. In 2016, we invested in a market-leading pilot program for women lawyers below partner level, which offered 320 participants from our offices throughout the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific access to individual executive coaching (typically reserved for a small group of high potential candidates) and group coaching sessions on various professional development topics. A separate pilot program for our women partners offered business development and leadership executive coaching sessions. Since both pilots received outstanding reviews from participants, we expect to launch the programs more widely.

What is needed to help bring more diverse candidates into the legal profession?

Barriers to information and access, particularly as they relate to larger social mobility challenges, are crucial issues we must address if our profession is to improve our historically low levels of diversity. White & Case is committed to supporting pipeline efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession globally, as well as within our Firm.

For example, in New York, we have been partnering with Street Law for many years on a program to teach legal issues to New York City high school students. In addition, last year we hosted students from the pre-law program at Hunter College in New York, which has one of the most diverse student bodies in the US, for a panel discussion and networking event with our lawyers and staff to provide students with a deeper understanding of the legal profession and the skills needed to be competitive law school applicants and students. Lawyers in our Miami office now sponsor and mentor debate teams in inner city Miami public schools.

White & Case is a platinum sponsor of Women in the City Afro-Caribbean network (WCAN), a new diversity platform in the UK that connects high-performing black female students to successful professional women, with networking events, career and personal development opportunities, mentoring and access to London law firms. White & Case volunteers mentor a team of UK school children competing to make a difference in their community through Envision, a UK youth charity. In addition to our significant partnerships with Aspiring Solicitors and Rare Recruitment in the UK, to connect with talented students from historically underrepresented groups, we have supported PRIME, an alliance of UK law firms committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience, since it was founded. Each year, we host 25 students from South London for a week of work experience, including work shadowing and skills development sessions. And in 2018, we launched a Social Mobility Foundation APP Law Residential, hosting five students living in social mobility ‘cold spots’ across the UK for a week of work experience.

These are just a few of the ways we demonstrate that we are heavily invested in the idea that engaging minority students at an early age can improve the likelihood that they will graduate, go to college and become future leaders of our profession.

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