Foley embraces and strives for diversity not only in terms of our people, but also in the unique ideas and perspectives each person brings to the firm. The strength and success of our law firm requires the inclusion of people with different insights and experiences, which results in more creative and innovative solutions to your legal and business challenges. As we work to promote diversity and inclusion at Foley, it all comes together for a single goal: providing you with the highest level of service and innovative legal thinking.
|D&I MISSION STATEMENT|
|Foley is dedicated to fostering an environment that embraces differences, promotes equality, and engenders mutual respect, thereby creating a culture of inclusion where everyone has the opportunity to excel. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse attorneys, thereby resulting in a diversity of perspectives that benefits the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we practice.|
We are proud that Foley has adopted a Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan. The goal of our strategy is simple: to provide the best service to our clients by attracting, developing, retaining and promoting the best talent. Following is a summary of the three strategic objectives.
|Establish a culture of accountability that promotes diversity and inclusion.||Ensure all individuals receive meaningful and challenging assignments and opportunities that help them develop professionally and succeed.||Intentionally identify, train, and promote qualified individuals.|
We recognize the importance of providing our diverse talent with community-building and networking opportunities. We have firm-wide affinity groups for women, ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans. These groups help reinforce a sense of community, provide collaborative business development opportunities, and participate in mentoring and recruiting activities.
Our firm-wide affinity groups focus on professional development, community and bar association involvement, recruitment and retention, as well as awareness and advocacy within their respective communities.
|Professional Development||Recruiting and Retention|
|Community and Bar Association||Awareness and Advocacy|
Foley’s affinity groups serve as a catalyst to promote inclusion, build community, and provide leadership opportunities for diverse attorneys within the firm. These attorney-led groups meet regularly, setting their own agendas tailored to the needs of their members. Below please find a list of the leadership of Foley’s national affinity groups along with links to their individual appearances on The Path & The Practice podcast.
Black Attorneys Affinity Group
Partner, New York
Partner, Washington, D.C.
Senior Counsel, Boston
Partner, San Francisco
Partner, Boston/Los Angeles
Diversity Career Fairs: Foley also is an active supporter of diversity career fairs across the nation. Listed below are some of the fairs in which was participate.
Supporting a New Generation: We actively participate in a number of pipeline programs that promote careers in the legal profession to diverse students and ensure that our communities retain and improve their diversity, including:
Foley Diversity Fellowship: Foley is pleased to continue our long-standing commitment to diversity through the Diversity Fellowship Program, which began with in 1998. Through our Diversity Fellowship Program, we are proud to offer fellowships to second-year J.D. students who share our values by demonstrating a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion. Each Diversity Fellow receives a total of $20,000, which will be paid in two equal amounts: $10,000 following successful completion of the 2021 summer associate program and $10,000 paid within thirty days after joining the firm as an associate/law graduate.*
Applications will be accepted from second-year J.D. students holding an offer to join Foley’s 2021 Summer Associate Program, and recipients will be selected on a rolling basis by Foley’s Diversity Fellowship Committee. Foley is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/Vet/Disabled.
*Fellowship awards are taxable; Diversity Fellows will be required to complete IRS Form W-9.
We support a broad range of outside organizations dedicated to diversity & inclusion in the legal profession. Here’s a list of some of the many organizations that we are proud to support:
|Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago||National LGBT Bar Association|
|Leadership Council on Legal Diversity||National Bar Association|
|Corporate Counsel Women of Color||California Minority Counsel Program|
|Hispanic National Bar Association||National Asian Pacific American Bar Association|
|Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund||South Asian Bar Association of North America|
|Bay Area Latino Lawyers Fund||Charting Your Own Course|
|LAGBAC Foundation Lawyers for Diversity|
To learn more about Foley make sure to the listen to our podcast, The Path & The Practice. Highlighting the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives Foley attorneys bring to the practice of law, each episode features Alexis Robertson, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, in a one-on one conversation with a new attorney guest exploring their unique background, path to law school and path to Foley & Lardner. You’ll hear the touching personal stories you won’t find on their professional bios. You can subscribe and listen to the podcast on all major podcast platforms and access it on our Legal Talent Development Careers Blog. Or scroll down for a full list in the Insights section of this page.