Diversity

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.


Leadership Council on Legal Diversity ("LCLD"):

Herrick is extremely proud to continue to partner with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity ("LCLD"), an organization of more than 400 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners, who have pledged themselves to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. Through mentorship and relationship building, LCLD helps to create a new and more diverse generation of attorneys to ascend to positions of leadership. Being a part of LCLD has afforded Herrick the opportunity to host and speak at fellowship roundtable lunches to promote diversity and mentorship amongst the group, and contribute to, and benefit from, its vast network. We are honored that Litigation Partner Shivani Poddar was selected as a member of the 2020 class of Fellows and Real Estate Associate Kamilla B. Rodrigues was selected as a member of the 2022 Class of Fellows. Herrick's Chief Operating Partner, Barbaros M. Karaahmet, is one of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's Leaders at the Front. Read his pledge here.

    


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.


2021 Tipping the Scales:

Herrick was recognized for 2021 Tipping the Scales in the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance's 2021 New Partner Report. The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance is a leading DC-based think tank dedicated to helping organizations create inclusive cultures that leverage flexibility to attract and retain top talent. Tipping the Scales recognizes firms with 50% or more women in their new partner class.

The Alliance’s New Partner Report is a yearly compilation and examination of publicly released data from the nation’s largest and top-grossing law firms regarding the attorneys promoted to partnership. It specifically examines the gender breakdown of attorneys promoted to partnership in their US offices. This report has been generated since 2012.


The ABA Pledge for Change:

Herrick is proud signatory of the American Bar Association Pledge for Change demonstrating our commitment to making workforces more diverse, specifically for lawyers with disabilities.


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.


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:

  • 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
  • Carol Robles-Roman, former deputy mayor and the highest ranking Latina in New York City government
  • 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.