Promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels of the Firm is part of our daily life. We are guided by a Diversity Action Plan that outlines concrete steps to achieve our inclusion objectives.
The Diversity Committee—whose 34 members include members of our Executive Committee—manages the Firm’s overall diversity efforts. Three partners co-chair our Diversity Committee and work closely with the firm’s Director of Diversity to implement the Diversity Action Plan. Our Diversity Advisory Council, comprised of associates and counsel, provides essential input to the Diversity Committee and plays an important role in recruiting.
The Diversity Committee spearheads several initiatives, including:
- Affinity Groups: The Firm supports six affinity groups. Affinity groups are support networks where lawyers with common affinities, interests, and/or goals collaborate to foster greater inclusion at the Firm with particular focus on associate development and engagement. Affinity groups are comprised of lawyers from all levels of seniority, and aim to develop and strengthen relationships among lawyers, particularly across practice ares and seniorities.
- STB Colegas (Latinx attorneys)
- South Asian
- Inclusion Networks: The U.S. offices outside of New York also host inclusion networks. Similar to affinity groups, inclusion networks are comprised of lawyers form all levels of seniority at a specific office. Inclusion Networks meet and host programs to foster greater inclusion, while strengthening relationships among lawyers.
- Mentoring: Simpson Thacher partners serve as mentors to associates of color and who identify as LGBTQ, focusing on retention and career development. More than 200 associates have participated in the Diversity Mentoring Program.
- Inclusion and Heritage Month Programs: The Firm and Diversity Committee host quarterly conversations that highlight influential legal practitioners and professionals who provide insights on career paths, achievements and obstacles, and celebrate inclusion in the legal profession and in our broader communities. Recent events include:
- A conversation with Judge Denny Chin, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- A discussion with Olympic medalist, Dr. John Carlos
- A conversation With New York Public Library General Counsel Michele Coleman Mayes
- A conversation with Venture for America founder Andrew Yang
- A conversation with James Essex, Director, ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project
- A conversation with Rhea Suh, the President of the NRDC
- A conversation with Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law”
- Group and Office Development Discussions: Practice Group heads, office leaders, staffing partners and representatives from the Legal Personnel and Diversity Departments meet semi-annually to focus on the career development of female, LGBTQ and associates of color across our offices.
- Recruiting: Over the past several years, we have supported a wide range of student organizations that include the Black Law Students Association, Latino Law Students Association, Outlaws and Lambda organizations as well as the Asian Pacific Law Students Association at a number of the schools at which we recruit
- Community Outreach: Established in 2009, the Firm's Urban Education Initiative (UEI) partners with public schools in New York and Los Angeles. UEI aims to enhance the pipeline of students of color who enter college and to expose them to the legal profession. Since its launch, over 500 Simpson Thacher employees—from junior staff to senior partners—have hosted visits by more than 1,800 public high school and middle school students where they participate in resume writing workshops, panel discussions on college readiness, career development, and mentorship.
Simpson Thacher also participates in the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and Legal Outreach programs, and consistently sponsors events of several affinity organizations focused on promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Past collaborations include:
- Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
- Council of Urban Professionals (CUP)
- Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)
- Lambda Legal
- LatinoJustice PRLDEF
- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
- Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA)
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)