- MultiCultural Law Magazine, for the fourth consecutive year, named Cadwalader one of the top 100 law firms in the country for diversity in 2012.
- Cadwalader was ranked by American Lawyer, as one of the top 100 law firms in the country for diversity in the publication's 2011 Diversity Scorecard.
- Cadwalader was recognized for its commitment to the advancement of women in the legal profession at the inaugural Euromoney Legal Media Group/IFLR Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012, taking home the award for "Best in Gender Diversity by an International Firm" for the Cadwalader's Women's Leadership Initiative, adjustable work schedule and flex time support programs, and commitment to pro bono advocacy for women.
- Cadwalader took home the award for "Most Innovative International Firm" for the Women's Leadership Initiative at the Euromoney Legal Media Group/IFLR European Women in Business Law Awards 2012. The Women's Leadership Initiative is an effort that provides all lawyers of the firm with programs, discussions, training and other opportunities to further recruitment, retention, development, and advancement of women both in the legal profession and at the firm.
- At the 2012 Chambers and Partners' Women in Law Awards honoring female lawyers in the U.S., Cadwalader was shortlisted for the Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative while Anna Glick was shortlisted as Finance Lawyer of the Year
- Cadwalader was tapped by Women 3.0 as one of the top 100 law firms in the nation for women (2010).
Cadwalader received a score of 100/100 from The Human Rights Campaign in its Corporate Equality Index report, a benchmarking tool of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees (2012).
- The highly acclaimed seminar "MicroInequities: The Power of SmallTM," a program led by Stephen Young, a leading diversity and organizational leadership expert, focused on identifying and avoiding the subtle, usually subconscious messages sent that devalue, discourage, and ultimately impair the performance of associates within a workplace.
- Mandatory diversity training for attorneys and staff focuses on creating a diverse and inclusive culture by making the most of every work relationship.
- An Affinity Group program provides support and resources to attorney groups who share a common connection, such as race, cultural heritage, generation, gender, religion, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, work schedules, and/or other defining criteria.
- A mentoring program focuses on creating nurturing relationships and enhancing professional development, with a particular focus on attorneys of color, women attorneys and LGBT attorneys.
- Mentoring programs are maintained with various diverse high school and law students as part of the Firm's pipeline initiatives.
- An on-line diversity calendar and monthly updates in the Firm's newsletter provide web and media resources and event information related to a specific heritage, race or cultural background being honored or recognized in a given month, keeping our personnel well-informed about the diverse world in which we live.
- The Firm supports Legal Outreach, a New York City based organization that identifies high performing and high potential students from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and provides them with a rigorous tutoring program to better prepare them for college and an introduction to various career options, including in the law. Each year, the Firm hosts three interns from the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Intern Placement and Corporate Law Institute programs which places college graduates in internships at large corporate law firms the summer before they begin their law school career.
- Cadwalader is member of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) and our Chairman serves on the Pipeline Committee. Cadwalader recently served as the "City-Lead" for the launch of the LCLD's Individual Mentoring Program which provided mentors to 118 diverse first-year law students in the New York City area. In addition, the Firm serves as the City Lead for LCLD's Group Mentoring Program for diverse law students in the New York City area.
- A specialty bar associations program assists attorneys in expanding their professional development and networking opportunities. Such bar associations include the Asian American Bar Association of New York; Hispanic National Bar Association; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York; Metropolitan Black Bar Association; Native American Bar Association; New York State Women's Bar; North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys; and Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
- "Diversity 8-Minute Networking" is an event that provides an opportunity for minority law students in the Washington D.C. area to network with attorneys from local law firms as well as develop their interviewing skills.
- Each year, the Firm runs a programming series on diversity-related matters. Speakers and programs have included: the Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and a panel of experts on "Philanthropy, Pro Bono and Public Service in the Asian American Community"; a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary "Vincent Who", which examined the impact on the Asian-American community of Vincent Chin's murder in 1982; a re-enactment of the Ogawa and Thind cases (two Supreme Court cases that centered around the law at the time which limited citizenship in America to whites and African Americans only); and a Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) briefing on challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act.
- The D.C. and New York City Minority Networking Series invite minority lawyers from all Washington D.C. and New York City-area law firms to participate in quarterly networking events and speaker series.
- The Firm hosts the annual kick-off event for Practicing Attorney for Law Students (PALS) each summer, including a panel discussion and cocktail reception for summer associates of color in the New York City area.