Diversity Equity & Inclusion
The best workplaces bring together people with a variety of organizational and worldview experiences—and have a culture, attitude, and behaviors that make them feel they belong.
Discover Affinity Groups at Jones Day
In October 2023, the firm welcomed more than 200 new associates to Jones Day and into our New Lawyers Group. As with every class of incoming new lawyers, we brought them to Washington, D.C.
Register for Vault’s 2023 Diversity in Law Summit
Vault is hosting our third annual diversity event, Diversity in Law: Informational Career Readiness Summit, for law students and junior attorneys. Join the Vault Law team on Thursday, November 9 at 10:00 AM Eastern for thoughtful conversations on how to navigate a legal career as a diverse attorney, with panel speakers from top law firms including Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Paul Hastings LLP; Hunton Andrews Kurth; and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Career Paths: How Did You Get Here?
At Vault Law’s 2022 1L Diversity Informational Career Readiness Summit, one of Vault’s Law Editors, Travis Whitsitt, was joined by David Sneed (Partner at Covington & Burling), Amanda Toy (Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Adam Sanchez (Senior Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP) and Rachel Tennell (Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) to discuss the various career paths taken by this diverse group of attorneys. We’ve recapped the highlights of the four stories from the panel session below.
The 2023 Vault Law Firm Diversity Survey: Key Findings on Demographics
The results of Vault’s annual Law Firm Diversity Survey have arrived—find Part 1 of our summary here. As mentioned in Part 1, this year’s report includes a division in reporting between midsize and large firms, reflecting fundamental differences in these two categories of firms.
Finding and Using Mentors to Grow Your Legal Career
At Vault Law’s 2022 1L Diversity Informational Career Readiness Summit, Vault’s Senior Law Editor, Carter Isham, was joined by Alice Nofzinger (Associate at Paul, Weiss), Melissa Marks (Partner at Gunderson Dettmer), and Karlie Ilaria (Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Paul Hastings) to discuss finding and using mentors to grow your legal career. We’ve highlighted four takeaways from the panel session below.
The 2023 Vault Law Firm Diversity Survey: Key Findings on Diversity Initiatives
The results of Vault’s annual Law Firm Diversity Survey have arrived, and new this year is a division in reporting between midsize and large firm summary statistics. This division reflects the different realities for these two categories of firms, including different budgets, hiring practices, and organizational structures.
How to Protect LGBTQIA+ Colleagues from Workplace Harassment
Workplace harassment and violence disproportionately affect the LGBTQIA+ community. In the U.S.
Q&A with ScottMadden Consultants and Veterans Rob Smith and Holly Thompson
Vault: Can you tell us a bit about the kind of work you do at ScottMadden? Rob Smith: I work primarily within ScottMadden’s Corporate & Shared Services practice, specifically focused on advising our clients in the areas of finance and IT.
4 Ways to Support Your Transgender Colleagues, During and After Pride
This year’s Pride Month is a bittersweet one, perfectly captured by the chosen theme: Peace, Love, Revolution. At the time of writing this, the ACLU is tracking more than 490 anti-LGBTQ+ laws on the dockets of nearly all state legislatures, the overwhelming majority of which target transgender people.
Happy Pride Month from Vault Law
Find the Vault Law Firm DEI Survey details HERE. Find associate insight on diversity and firms' Diversity Reports on their Vault profile.
RSM: A Top-Ranked Accounting Firm That Truly Cares About Employee Wellbeing
RSM is a unique top-ranked accounting and consulting firm in that it places a significant amount of emphasis on the wellbeing of its employees, empowering its people to be their best selves professionally as well as personally. RSM truly cares about its people as individuals and understands that wellbeing goes well beyond employees’ experience at work.
Vault-Firsthand Celebrates Top Employers for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Today, while many professional services firms claim to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, not that many can back up their words with concrete actions. Indeed, it takes more than merely including a DEI statement on a website to prove that fostering individuality, recruiting a diverse workforce, and committing to promoting all employees is a priority.
25 Best Accounting Firms for 2024
Today, we're very excited to release our 2024 Vault Accounting 25, a ranking of the best accounting firms to work for. The ranking is based on a survey of more than 11,000 accounting professionals, who were asked to rate their firms in several workplace categories, including business outlook, compensation, culture, diversity, hours, overall satisfaction, training, wellness offerings, work/life balance, and more.
Meet Kendra Blacksher, an Audit Senior Manager at RSM and Mother of Four
Today, the best workplaces understand that committing to helping employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is an important part of building a vibrant team culture. And to no one is this commitment more welcome than to parents balancing careers with the charms and challenges of parenthood.
Influential Women in Tech and What We Can Learn From Them
In 1889, Anna Bissel became the first female CEO in the United States, breaking traditional gender roles and setting an example for generations of women to come. Fast forward to today, 10 percent of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs.
Navigating Generational Diversity, Part 1: Why do Generational Differences Matter in the Workplace?
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of “generational diversity,” you’re probably not alone. For all the focus on diversity and inclusion in the legal industry, this is one form that has received far less attention.
25 Best Investment Banks to Work for in 2023
Today, we're excited to release our 2023 Banking 25, a ranking of the best investment banking firms to work for in North America. The ranking is based on a survey of more than 3,000 investment banking professionals.
The Best Thing About Mansfield Certification? It’s Working–and Here’s How
When it comes to diversity and inclusion in the legal world, few initiatives have been as successful, and as widely embraced, as the Mansfield Rule. In the five years since its inception, it has gained astonishing momentum among law firms (as well as other companies).
What is Mansfield Certification and Why is it so Important for Law Firms?
If you’re an avid reader of our Vault rankings and profiles, you’ve certainly come across references to the Mansfield Certification. Firms that have achieved this certification will usually list it among their “Notable Awards,” and for good reason: Mansfield Certification, while relatively new, has become an important and powerful indicator of a firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through commitment to the “Mansfield Rule.
Last Chance to Register for Our 2022 D&I in Internships Virtual Career Fair
On November 3rd, Firsthand will be hosting its second annual Diversity & Inclusion in Internships Virtual Career Fair. Those who attend will gain exclusive access to internships and top employers, along with exciting job postings, opportunities to meet experienced professionals from a number of companies, informative panel discussions, and a keynote speaker event.
Register for Vault Law's 1L Diversity Summit
On Thursday, November 10, 2022, Vault Law will host a 1L Diversity Summit for diverse law students in the very early stages of their legal careers. You can register for this free informational summit here, and learn more about it below.
Moving Past Diversity and Equity to Inclusion: A Case for Making Space
A quick search for law firms and diversity on Google will return a myriad of “Diversity Scorecard” news. Since at least 2016, ALM Intelligence, an information and intelligence company, has been ranking the diversity of a law firm’s composition as firms have been advocating for greater diversity in the workplace.