From our start in 1998, HWG has been a decidedly different law firm: one built to foster a close-knit community of lawyers committed to performing high-caliber work and enjoying their lives inside and outside of the office. We have actively sought and promoted diversity in our ranks and our numbers reflect our long-standing commitment: our equity partners include nearly 30% women; 9% members of minority groups; and 10% LGBTQ individuals. Our associate ranks are similarly diverse and include 56% women; 25% members of minority groups; and 8% LGBTQ individuals. While these numbers significantly outpace those of our competitors, we are not content. We continue to expand our efforts to recruit more diverse lawyers to HWG; to provide formal programs to raise our consciousness on issues like implicit bias; to embolden our diversity council to increase our support of specific efforts within the firm and the legal community; and to build the innovative, welcoming environment that has been a hallmark of our firm.
HWG’s Women’s Committee is designed to foster relationships among women lawyers at all levels of the firm. Through quarterly programs and initiatives, HWG’s Women’s Committee provides additional opportunities for our women to address issues such as professional development, to advance business development skills, and to enjoy events with our extraordinary women, clients, and alumna.
HWG’s Women’s Committee championed the firm’s development of small mentoring groups for women. These groups, modeled after those recommended by a study issued by the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession, each contain 3-4 women at various seniority levels and across practice areas. The groups afford HWG women with another level of support at the firm and a place to ask a wide range of questions about career progression and professional life.
HWG’s Diversity Council is charged with advancing diversity within our firm and within our profession. The Diversity Council—which includes partners, counsel, associates, and staff—plays an active role in recruiting, developing, and promoting a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff. This includes support of—and active participation in—affinity bar organizations including the South Asian Bar Association; the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; the Hispanic National Bar Association; the National Bar Association, and the LGBT Bar Association.