Hughes Hubbard has long held that diversity and inclusion make us stronger, more creative lawyers for our clients because we approach challenges from the variety of perspectives borne out of different life experiences.

The firm offers an uncompromising commitment to diversity and inclusion, with a strong policy to articulate it and a comprehensive program to implement it. We foster an inclusive work environment – one free of discrimination of any kind – where individuals can flourish and perform at the highest level. Our efforts focus on recruiting, retaining and promoting attorneys of diverse backgrounds.  Our diverse attorneys are included in all aspects of firm growth:  in developing new and existing client relationships, serving in leadership roles and participating in our mentoring programs.  We are also involved in various pipeline initiatives to increase the diversity of the legal profession. These efforts include one-on-one mentoring by our lawyers that prepare exceptional college students from historically underrepresented populations to have success in college and the legal profession.  We also partner with interested clients in further supporting these programs.

HHR Maintains High Marks in AmLaw, Law360 Diversity Surveys

Hughes Hubbard was again recognized as among the most diverse firms in the annual diversity surveys of The American Lawyer and Law360.

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Fara Tabatabai Named a 2021 ‘Woman Worth Watching’ by Profiles in Diversity Journal

The 2021 edition of "Women Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal has recognized Fara Tabatabai on its annual list. According to the magazine, this 20th leadership issue continues to recognize dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change workplaces and the world.

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Hughes Hubbard Recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) With a 2021 Compass Award

Hughes Hubbard has been recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) with a 2021 Compass Award for its involvement in the council’s programs and the promotion of LCLD’s mission. 

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Five HHR Associates Selected for NYC Bar's 2021 Leadership Institute

Five HHR associates were selected to join the New York City Bar Association’s 2021 Associate Leadership Institute LITE (ALI LITE) program. The ALI LITE faculty includes leadership from affiliate organizations and initiatives such as the Metropolitan Black Bar Association and Lawyers for Empowerment and the Advancement of Diversity.

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Diversity Q&A Series With Our Affinity Group Leaders

Hughes Hubbard's Diversity Committee, which helps the firm recruit, retain and promote attorneys of diverse backgrounds, is comprised of five affinity groups aligned by race, gender and sexual orientation. This series of Q&A articles introduces the leaders of those groups.

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Committed Diversity and inclusion matters.
Leadership

We have strategically placed lawyers with varied backgrounds in positions of influence throughout the firm, including office and practice leaders.



Mentoring

We have developed both formal and informal mentoring for diverse associates as well as all associates at large. In the case of diverse associates we offer additional mentoring from members of the diversity committee and affinity groups.

Oversight

To maintain accountability, our Diversity Committee, comprised of partners, counsel, associates and staff, oversees our efforts, including mentoring, recruiting, retention, outreach and affinity groups.

Outreach

We actively recruit law students of diverse backgrounds and offer a select group the opportunity to participate in our summer program, where they can learn more about life at our firm and develop their career goals.

Support

Hughes Hubbard currently supports affinity groups for African-American lawyers, Asian lawyers, Hispanic lawyers, working mothers, LGBT lawyers and our women’s roundtable.  The latter group offers firmwide video-conference sessions involving featured speakers and interactive workshops.

Principles

In keeping with our strong commitment to diversity, Hughes Hubbard is proud to be one of the initial signatories to The Association of the Bar of the City of New York's "Statement of Diversity Principles" and The New York County Lawyers' Association "Statement in Support of Diversity in the Legal Profession."

“When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.” Charles Evans Hughes

Our firm's commitment to diversity can be traced back to our founder, Charles Evans Hughes, campaigning for women's suffrage in his near-victory over Woodrow Wilson in the 1916 presidential race. In 1942, we broke ranks with other Wall Street firms in hiring the first female associate at a time when most of those firms did not even interview women. In 1969, we named as partner Amalya Kearse, the first African-American female partner of any major New York firm. Kearse went on to become the second African-American to sit on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. In 1999, Candace Beinecke became chair of Hughes Hubbard, making her the first woman to chair a major New York law firm.