Commitment to Diversity and Equal Justice
At Arent Fox, we believe that excellence and diversity go hand in hand. We are committed to seeking and retaining a varied group of attorneys and staff throughout the firm and believe that diversity is a strategic requirement for business success. Diversity has several beneficial effects: It produces different perspectives, richer thinking, and more creative solutions to the challenges our clients face; it helps to instill a collegial culture of mutual respect throughout the firm; and it enhances our lawyers’ ability to represent clients in the real world of judges, jurors, and the legal system as a whole.
Since the Diversity and Inclusion Committee was restructured by the firm’s chairman in 2005, the firm has consistently increased the number of lateral and entry-level minority lawyers hired. Law students of color and LGBT students have composed approximately 50 percent or more of the firm’s summer associate classes since 2006.
Arent Fox has a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which is led by the firm’s chairman and includes many members of our senior management team. The primary goals of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee are to recruit, retain, and promote lawyers of color, women, and LGBT lawyers, and to ensure that adequate firm resources are dedicated to their training, mentoring, coaching, and business development. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s budget is strategically designed to achieve these primary goals and the firm has strong marketing and professional development programs to support these initiatives.
Each year, the firm awards a Diversity Scholarship to three minority first-year law students, each of whom receives $15,000, as well as a position in the firm’s summer associate program. Since its conception in 2006, the firm has awarded 25 scholarships and recognized 33 finalists throughout the country.
Arent Fox is committed to advancing women into leadership roles. Female partners serve as practice leaders and on the executive committee as well as on the member compensation, associate evaluation, professional development, pro bono, and employment committees. Approximately 37 percent of Arent Fox attorneys are women and 25 percent of partners are women, exceeding the national average of 19 percent. In the past five years, nearly 50 percent of attorneys promoted to partner firmwide were women.
Arent Fox welcomes and supports its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender attorneys, staff, and clients. Our firmwide LGBT initiative meets regularly to review firm policy, plan professional development events, and discuss pro bono and other charitable giving opportunities. In addition, OutFox works to foster a stronger professional and social network within the firm. The group meets periodically for social and networking events, serves as a sounding board for issues of interest or concern to LGBT employees, works to integrate new employees, and looks for opportunities to increase the firm’s visibility within the LGBT legal community.
At Arent Fox, we respect the efforts of the men and women who serve their country in the military, including our fellow partners and staff who have volunteered during times of war. Our firm reflects the diversity found in the range of clients we counsel and values those at Arent Fox who have served across every branch of the armed forces and become an integral part of our social fabric.