Diversity and inclusion are core values at Arnold & Porter. We are committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion in a positive and supportive work environment where all talent is supported and accorded dignity and respect.
We value the contribution that each person makes as an individual, enable our colleagues to be comfortable being themselves, and encourage every person to realize his or her potential. This approach enhances our ability to attract, develop and retain top talent, while fostering a rich firm culture that inspires innovation and creativity. The firm believes that each individual has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity.
Arnold & Porter hosts the following affinity/resource groups that foster community, provide training and mentoring, and promote career advancement:
- Veterans and Affiliates Leadership Organization (VALOR)
- Attorney Community Championing Our Racial Diversity (ACCORD)
- Parents Network
- Women's Initiative for Success and Empowerment (WISE)
These voluntarily formed groups not only serve as support networks, but also accelerate the attainment of professional and business development skills through enhanced mentoring opportunities and a variety of speaker programs. In addition, the groups help the firm identify strategies that support our diversity efforts, while fostering a stronger sense of community within the firm.
Arnold & Porter welcomes people of all backgrounds to apply for positions with us. The diversity of our attorneys and staff is important to us and to our clients, so we reach out to diverse segments in a number of ways, including:
- participating in career development programs and minority job fairs;
- extending special event invitations to all minority law students to whom our US offices have made offers for Associate and Summer Associate positions;
- providing scholarships to diverse law students;
- regular outreach to LGBT, women, and minority law student associations sharing our commitment to inclusion and diversity.
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Our commitment to diversity extends to our pro bono legal work. We have won several significant gender discrimination cases, including Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, a US Supreme Court case in which the firm, together with the National Women's Law Center, argued that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs) provides a means of redress for one student's sexual harassment of another. A divided Court held that schools may be liable for student peer harassment if the harassment is pervasive, if school officials are aware that the harassment is occurring, and if the school takes no action to prevent the harassment from continuing.
In coordination with Lambda Legal, our attorneys have represented a man who sued the US State Department because of its prohibition on hiring persons with HIV in the Foreign Service. Our attorneys have worked with the Human Rights Campaign on its opposition to the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment and regularly staff the Whitman-Walker Legal Services Clinic for persons with HIV and AIDS. Our attorneys assisted Lambda Legal in its successful challenge to the Montgomery County, Maryland Board of Election's decision to place on the November 2008 ballot an already-enacted county ordinance granting antidiscrimination protection to transgender individuals. The European competition practice in the firm's Brussels office assisted Amnesty International Belgium in the preparation of a compilation of international treaty provisions relating to rights and protections afforded LGBT individuals.
The firm maintains special ties with many important public interest organizations that provide critical legal services to traditionally disadvantaged communities, including the National Women's Law Center, the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Lambda Legal.
We strive to support charitable and nonprofit organizations that not only celebrate, support or help advance rights for women, people of color, or sexual orientation, but also afford our lawyers the opportunity to gain additional legal skills through pro bono work or provide valuable networking to develop crucial business contacts.