We consider ourselves a family firm, one with a fundamental culture of respect, camaraderie and cooperation that permeates all of our activities.
One hallmark of that culture is our commitment to diversity. We encourage diverse members of society to join us in the practice of law, to grow with us as professionals, and to benefit our clients through the diversity of their background, perception and experience. This guides us in all that we do – everything from our recruitment and professional development programs to the service providers we chose to hire.
In that spirit we proudly organize a variety of initiatives and programs that demonstrate our commitment to diversity, inside our walls and in our community.
Women's Initiative Committee:
Our Women's Initiative Committee hosts a variety of enriching programs throughout the year. For example, the Committee hosted a viewing and discussion about the documentary "Miss Representation," which delves into how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.
Cultural Heritage Speaker Series:
Our speakers have included a range of accomplished men and women, who come to our firm to discuss how diversity has influenced their endeavors. Our guests have included:
- New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins, who spoke to us about his views on diversity, police-community relations and other themes pulled from his book A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic.
- Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, who spoke about her quest to understand the history of American Chinese food and the people who made it
- Zachary Carter, Esq., who spoke in honor of Black History Month
- Tom Ude from Lambda Legal, who spoke in honor of LGBT pride month
- Michael Rosen, who spoke about his book, What Else But Home: Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse
- Carol Robles-Roman, former deputy mayor and the highest ranking Latina in New York City government
- Min Jin Lee, author of the Free Food for Millionaires, who spoke about growing up as a Korean immigrant first in Queens
- Rhonda Joy McLean, deputy general counsel at Time Inc., and author of The Little Black Book of Success, who spoke about her experience as one of three black girls in her grade school, and advice she had for navigating law firm life, regardless of race
- Alexandro M. Padrés, counsel at Shearman & Sterling LLP, and co-chair of its LGBT inclusion network, who spoke on a variety of issues, including then-pending court decisions regarding gay marriage
- Sara Moss, general counsel of Estee Lauder, who spoke about her trials and tribulations as a woman in the legal profession, as well as her role serving on her company’s diversity committee.
For several years we have worked with Legal Outreach, an organization that prepares high school students from underserved communities for success in college, through a variety of legal and educational programs. Every summer, four Legal Outreach students spend a week at our office, where teams of Herrick coaches prepare them to make oral arguments at a special moot court we convene.
LGBT Affinity Group:
Our LGBT Affinity Group has organized events, such as a gay pride week get-together at New York City’s Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.
Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Programs (PALS):
We partner PALS to provide career and skills development for minorities in the legal profession. Herrick has sponsored and volunteered at many events for this group such as their 25th Anniversary celebration and their annual Resume and Interview Skills Workshop for minority law students across the tri-state area.