At Brown Rudnick, we are committed to ensuring that each lawyer, paralegal and administrative professional is provided an equal opportunity to succeed based on individual merit.

We are committed to the value of diversity and to ensuring the equitable and inclusive treatment of all members of the Brown Rudnick community. This commitment informs every aspect of our firm’s operations, from recruitment and hiring, to professional development and mentoring, to firm management and leadership.

Our rationale for making this commitment is clear:  in addition to being the right thing to do, maintaining an equitable, inclusive and diverse workplace environment is a business imperative. By leveraging the knowledge and experience of talented individuals across cultures, backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities and sexual orientations, we can provide truly unique solutions to our clients’ global business challenges.

We support this commitment by dedicating significant resources to initiatives and programs that help us recruit, retain and promote high-performing individuals from all walks of life. These efforts are led by our Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Partners, Jane Colston and Chelsea Mullarney, with Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Renauld G. Clarke, who collectively advise the firm on how best to identify and address implicit biases, increase the representation of women and people from diverse backgrounds at all levels, including the partnership, and create a more inclusive environment for all members of the firm.

Our efforts include:

Participation in pipeline diversity efforts through the following organizations and programs:

Diversity recruitment efforts, including:

  • Participation in the Boston Lawyers Group's Annual Diversity Job Fair and the LGBT Bar Association's Lavender Law Career Fair
  • Targeted recruitment efforts at schools with large numbers of law students from diverse backgrounds
  • The retaining of lateral search firms that focus on placing lawyers from diverse backgrounds

Internal initiatives developed to support women and lawyers from diverse backgrounds:

  • Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Council
  • Women's Initiative
  • Diverse Attorneys Working Network (DAWN)
  • Organizational and financial support for attorneys involved in organizations and bar associations related to women and lawyers from diverse backgrounds
  • Professional, leadership and business development trainings tailored for women and lawyers from diverse backgrounds

Pro bono work related to civil rights and diversity:

  • Unlimited pro bono hours for lawyers (3% of all lawyer billable time in 2016 was pro bono)
  • Participation in the Boston Bar Association's (BBA) amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas,, supporting the University of Texas at Austin’s consideration of race when making undergraduate admissions decisions
  • Community and Relationship grants to organizations that educate and empower youth from disadvantaged backgrounds

Diversity reporting: