Diversity Outreach & Sponsorships
Cadwalader is committed to diversity and inclusion within the Firm and our society. The Firm sponsors numerous organizations responsible for developing and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and community.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Asian American Bar Association of NY (AABANY)
- Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF)
- Association of the City Bar of New York
- Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- Lambda Legal
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
- Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity Initiative
- Mecklenburg Bar Foundation
- Metropolitan Black Bar Association
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
- National Bar Association
- New York City Bar Office for Diversity & Inclusion
The Firm engages in several “pipeline” initiatives that expose diverse high school and middle school students to the legal industry and corporate world. Among those programs are our partnerships with:
- Jefferson Middle School Academy
With the assistance of Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, Cadwalader has adopted DC’s Jefferson Middle School Academy. Located in a low-income section of DC, 99% of the students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. Jefferson Academy is one of the most outstanding middle schools in Washington, DC. Recently boasting academic gains in both reading and math on the DC CAS, significant increases in partnerships, family engagement, extracurricular options and a rigorous but supportive learning environment, Jefferson is designed to meet the needs of students at all ability and interest levels. The Firm has launched a shadowing program for students to spend time with Cadwalader employees each month to get exposure to the operation of a law firm. The Firm also hosts honor lunches each marking period for outstanding students. Each school semester, about 30 students are invited to participate in a Career Day at our office. The students in attendance meet with attorneys and staff to learn about their educational and career tracks. The Firm and its employees have also provided financial support to the school and its students by assisting with costs of an upcoming academic field trip and printing of the school’s calendar.
- Junior Achievement (JA)
JA is a non-profit organization that brings economics-based education programs into the classroom for students in grades K-12. Each school year, the Firm hosts groups of students from local high schools at our offices. The students have the opportunity to learn about the careers of various Cadwalader legal and administrative professionals, and about their educational and career paths. Presenters speak about their day-to-day responsibilities, offer tips for being a successful student and give general career advice. In addition, the Firm also sends trained volunteers to high schools and middle schools to teach JA curriculum. Our volunteers not only teach the curriculum, but they also serve as role models for the students, exposing them to career possibilities and associating education with obtaining professional goals.
- James Madison High School
Cadwalader began its relationship with James Madison High School in 1982 as one of the five founding law firms of the New York City MENTOR program. Since 1982, Cadwalader’s commitment of resources to and its relationship with James Madison High School has grown tremendously. For numerous years, our attorneys have coached mock trial and moot court teams from the school, taking them to the city and state championship rounds.
- Legal Outreach
The Firm hosts rising 10th grade students participating in Legal Outreach’s College Bound program at the office. Over the course of four days, students have direct interaction with attorneys at all experience levels to teach them about different facets of the law and what day-to-day life is like for an attorney at Cadwalader. Our attorneys serve as mentors who advise the students on their path to college, law school, and future career pursuits. In addition, 8th grade students who are participating in the NYU School of Law Summer Law Institute program spend one day at the Firm to learn about the operation of a law firm.
- Princeton University’s Class of 1956
Cadwalader has teamed with volunteers from Princeton University’s Class of 1956 to provide career guidance to students at Paul Robeson High School. Attorneys regularly meet with students to speak on various career paths in the law and in legal administration. The Princeton ‘56 team and Cadwalader personnel recently produced a movie entitled “Why College?” designed to teach high-school students about how to choose the right college, the application process and ways in which to insure continued matriculation.
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
Cadwalader has partnered with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity to improve diversity in the legal profession by providing high-performing students of color with an opportunity to intern at our offices. During the eight-week internship, students are taught the skills necessary to excel in law school and in a big law environment.