The firm is strengthened enormously by the diversity of our lawyers, paralegals and professional staff worldwide. Our commitment to equal opportunity enables Latham to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to recruit and retain the best lawyers, professional staff and paralegals to create one of the world's leading law firms.
Awards & Rankings
- The National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and Flex-Time Lawyers also recognized Latham as a “2012 NAFE and Flex-Time-Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women.”
- The American Lawyer’s 2012 “A-List,” which is based on four core professional values, including workplace diversity, ranked Latham among the leading US law firms for the tenth consecutive year.
- Latham was awarded gold standard certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum based on the percentage of women partners and women in leadership positions.
Achieving Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Latham has been a leader in developing, promoting and implementing processes that ensure lawyers are hired, trained and promoted fairly, consistent with our goals of equal opportunity and diversity in the practice of law.
The firm has a Diversity Committee that monitors and addresses issues relating to achievement of the firm's equal opportunity and diversity objectives, and includes representatives from the Executive, Recruiting, Associates, Training, Pro Bono and EEO Committees, as well as the firm's Business Development, Attorney Development and Human Resources departments.
Commitment to Diversity at all Levels
Latham's commitment to equal opportunity is reflected both in our lawyer population and in our management. Lawyers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and sexual orientations have long been represented on the firm's management committees responsible for promotions to partnership, recruiting and training, among others. This diversity extends throughout our firm, office, and department and practice group leadership. Moreover, Latham's chief officers, directors and practice office administrators bring additional diversity to firm management.
Diversity Scholars Program
The Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholars Program is designed to increase the number of diverse law students studying at ABA-accredited law schools who want to pursue a career in a global law firm, and intend to practice law in the United States. The program was launched in 2005, and for the first six years, the firm selected four Diversity Scholars each year to receive $10,000 scholarships. In 2012, the program was expanded to award six $10,000 scholarships to second-year students.
Factors considered in choosing the Diversity Scholars include academic and leadership achievements, life experiences and challenges that have shaped values, and a desire to practice at a global law firm and contribute to its diversity objectives.
Learn more about Latham's most recent Diversity Scholars, or apply online.
In 2006, the firm launched a women's initiative to help address the business challenges and opportunities unique to women lawyers, and to existing and prospective women clients. WEB, or Women Enriching Business, is a two-pronged initiative designed to promote women in business by creating broader networks and productive business relationships, and by attracting and investing in the long-term success of women lawyers.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
Latham is an Equal Opportunity employer. The firm prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, or any other characteristic or condition protected by applicable state or federal law. It is also against firm policy to discriminate against any qualified disabled employee or applicant, against a disabled veteran or against a veteran of the Vietnam era.
The firm will ensure that applicants and employees are treated in all aspects of employment without unlawful discrimination because of these or any other protected characteristics. Such aspects of employment include, but are not limited to, recruitment, hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, compensation and training. Additionally, it is the policy of Latham that all employees enjoy a work environment free from all forms of unlawful harassment of a sexual or other discriminatory nature. Any conduct contrary to this policy is prohibited. The firm’s EEO Review Board provides training regarding the firm’s EEO Policies and has responsibility to assure that those policies are followed by all personnel.