Career Development & Training

Through the Cadwalader Center for Diversity & Inclusion, the firm offers diversity programs and initiatives designed to manage talent, increase employee engagement, and generate awareness of diversity and inclusion issues.  The following programs are in place to advance the firm’s diversity and inclusion mission. 

Firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Programming includes a suite of required diversity training programs for all attorneys, reenactments and receptions, history and heritage month events, a monthly speaker series and new-hire programming designed to introduce all new attorneys to the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts and initiatives.

Diversity Talent Management Initiative (DTMI) is a suite of aspirational programs designed to retain and develop the firm’s diverse associates and special counsel. DTMI is primarily focused on developing a pipeline of high-performing, diverse attorneys for future senior leadership roles at the firm. The initiative aims to increase retention and drive the engagement of the diverse population at the firm. In addition, the initiative aims to drive engagement and support from the partner population.

The Sponsorship Program is a nomination-based program for high-performing diverse associates and special counsel run by the Taskforce for the Advancement of Women. Through this program the “protégés” are assigned a senior partner to serve as their sponsor for at least one year.  The goal of the sponsorship program is to ensure that our talented diverse attorneys with at least six years of experience have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to move up the ranks and have long-term successful careers at the firm. 

Pro Bono Diversity Programing is available to increase the firm’s involvement in pro bono matters that advance substantive diversity goals through legal work.  We also provide opportunities for all attorneys to gain substantive legal experience, while exposing attorneys to cases outside of their day-to-day practices.

Diversity Programming with Clients is an important area of focus for the firm.  By partnering with clients, we are able to collaborate on diversity-themed symposia and discussions, providing our attorneys and our clients a platform to network across practice areas and learn about how we can all advance the diversity agenda and facilitate inclusive work environments.

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