March 04, 2015
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, has been selected to the New York Law Journal “Diversity Initiative 2015,” which recognizes law firms and legal organizations for their commitment to creating a diverse legal community. The honorees are noted for “confronting barriers to attracting, training, retaining or supporting diverse talent, and provide ongoing opportunities for growth and advancement.”
Cadwalader is being recognized for its Sponsorship Program, which pairs senior partners with high-performing, diverse associates and special counsel to support their career advancement.
“Businesses, law firms included, have a responsibility to lead on important social issues,” said Pat Quinn, Cadwalader’s managing partner. “In addition, we know that diverse teams just work better. Assembling a team that reflects the broadest and most diverse perspectives allows a law firm to develop and maintain the highest standards of service in a dynamic and challenging business environment.”
Quinn discusses the topic at length in his recent article, “Embrace Diversity As a Business Imperative,” published in New York Law Journal. “What better example than diversity of an issue where businesses need to play an important role?” he writes. “Our firms cannot succeed in the future without getting this right.”
The organizations and firms selected for Diversity Initiative 2015 will be recognized in a special section of the New York Law Journal and will be honored at a dinner on March 30 at the University Club.
Cadwalader’s commitment to workforce diversity was also recently recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, which gave the firm a perfect 100 percent score on its 2015 Corporate Equality Index and has named it among the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” for three consecutive years, and by Difference Matters Magazine, which recognized the firm among its “Top Corporate Allies for Diversity.”
Patrick Quinn and Ruth Merisier discuss the legal profession, working at Cadwalader, and more.