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Orrick’s core value of “Cooperation and Individual Respect” is reflected in the firm’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The success of our diverse lawyers is a critical management and business goal.

Since 1990, Orrick’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee—one of the first in a major law firm—has advised management on a broad range of initiatives to ensure that Orrick is successful in hiring, retaining and promoting diverse lawyers. Lawyers and staff on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee take action to ensure that Orrick’s lawyers are diverse and positioned to thrive personally and professionally.

Our diversity and inclusion committees are actively involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts, orientation, summer program, training and mentoring programs, and pro bono and community activities. Diverse lawyers play an integral role in managing the firm (as members of the firm’s board, office and practice group leaders, and committee chairs among others) and shaping its future.

We are committed to bringing diverse perspectives to bear in every aspect of firm life and ensuring that we provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all. 

Innovative Policies, Practices and Programs

At Orrick, we constantly challenge ourselves to introduce new programs to help us effectively attract, retain and promote diverse individuals. As a consequence, we are among the most diverse large firms in the United States. A few of the more distinctive elements of our diversity program include the following.

  • Affinity Groups, Parents’ and Veterans’ Forums and Mentoring Program
  • Women’s Initiative and Lean In Circles
  • Diversity Liaisons to Each Practice Group’s Associate Review Committee
  • Unconscious Bias Training for All Partners and Of Counsel
  • Alternative Work Schedule Policy and On-Ramping Program
  • Custom Track Options
  • Pipeline Initiatives to Support Diverse Youth
  • Paid Membership in Diverse Professional Associations
  • Associate Development Benchmarks and Career Guidance Counselors
  • Supplier Diversity Program

​​Contact

Lorraine McGowen
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion
(212) 506-5114
lmcgowen@orrick.com

Kristin Greene
Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
(415) 773-5428
kgreene@orrick.com


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Orrick is a launch partner of leanin.org, a global community committed to offering women the encouragement and support to lean in to their ambitions. To learn more about how Orrick is leaning in, please visit our Women's Initiative.

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