Cadwalader actively support racial diversity efforts.
As part of the firm's affinity group program, adopted to encourage diverse attorneys to self-form into groups based upon a set of shared interests, experiences and/or perspectives, two common-interest racial groups have been established:
Cadwalader Asian Pacific American Attorney Resource Group: The mission of the Cadwalader Asian Pacific American Attorney (“CAPAA”) Resource Group is to promote the professional development of Asian Pacific American attorneys at the firm; to assist the firm in attracting, developing and retaining Asian Pacific American law students and attorneys; and to provide a forum for members to discuss and share information regarding issues that are important to the Asian Pacific American legal community and the Asian Pacific American community at large. CAPAA offers numerous meetings, events, and discussions.
Cadwalader Association of Social Engineers: The firm’s African-American affinity group adopted the name “Cadwalader Association of Social Engineers” (CASE), inspired by Charles Hamilton Houston, a civil rights attorney/legal strategist for many of the early civil rights cases relating to racial inequality. Mr. Houston emphasized throughout his career the role of the African-American lawyer as a social engineer, as an agent for the betterment of African-Americans and the increased presence of African-American attorneys in the legal field. CASE’s mission is to: (i) promote the mentorship, leadership, advocacy, and professional and personal development of African-American associates; and, (ii) enhance the firm's ability to attract, develop, and retain African-American law students and attorneys.
In addition to the foregoing, the firm became a signatory to the New York City Bar Association’s Statement of Diversity Principles and regularly sponsors programs for law students and legal professionals of color around the country. The firm has expanded recruiting efforts at schools with significant diverse populations and has launched a scholarship program in conjunction with Howard University School of Law.
We also provide support to and participate in programs sponsored by:
- American Bar Association Council on Legal Education Opportunity
- Asian American Bar Association of New York
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
- Black Law Students Association
- Cook County Minority Job Fair
- Hispanic Law Conference
- Indian Law Conference
- Latino/a American Law Students Association
- National Association of Law Placement Diversity Summit
- National Bar Association
- New York City Bar Diversity Symposium
- North Carolina Bar Association Minority Recruitment Program
- Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Summer Associate Program
- Prep for Prep
- South Asian Law Students Association
- Southeast Minority Job Fair
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunities (SEO)
- Vault Diversity Career Fair