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.

Meaghan Gragg, chair of the firm's LGBTQ Attorney Affinity Group, attends the 2017 ceremony on behalf of the firm.

Firm Maintains Perfect Score on LGBTQ Equality Report

For the third year in a row, Hughes Hubbard earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

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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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From left: Tim Boyle, vice president and chief counsel for competition and trade regulation at Eaton; Amanda DeBusk, chair of Hughes Hubbard’s International Trade practice; Mark Mcguire, executive vice president and general counsel at Eaton; Patrice Jean, a Hughes Hubbard partner; Ravi Soopramanien, a Hughes Hubbard associate and Carolyn Cheverine, vice president and chief counsel for corporate and international transactions at Eaton.

Hughes Hubbard Receives Diversity Award From Eaton

Hughes Hubbard was selected to receive the Eaton Law Department Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Excellence Award for its 2015 performance.

The award is presented to Eaton’s Law Department suppliers who exhibit a commitment to the company’s diversity effort. Eaton Corp. employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and is a global leader in power management and electrical systems.

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Partners Sarah Cave and Aviva Wernick at a Hughes Hubbard Women’s Roundtable event.

Hughes Hubbard Receives Gold Standard Certification from WILEF

Hughes Hubbard has been awarded the Gold Standard Certification by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF)  for the seventh consecutive year, one of only 15 firms nationally to have consistently achieved this recognition since the program's inception in 2011.

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From left, Hughes Hubbard associate Debbie Placid and Hughes Hubbard partner Patrice Jean at the CUP gala.

Hughes Hubbard Sponsors Council of Urban Professionals Gala

Hughes Hubbard was among the sponsors of the Council of Urban Professionals' 9th Annual Leadership Gala, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.

The gala honored extraordinary leaders whose strides in diversity and inclusion, public service, entrepreneurship and philanthropy have a made a tremendous difference in the U.S.

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From left: Darryl Gibbs of AXA; Hughes Hubbard partner Diane Lifton, co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee; associate Charles Huberty; Ted Mayer, chair of the firm; Tracey Brown of the Cochran firm, Elaine Chiu, director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Law and Justice; and associate Julie Amadeo.

Hughes Hubbard Recipient of St. John University's Ron Brown Trailblazer Award

Hughes Hubbard is a recipient of the Ron Brown Trailblazer Award for the firm's efforts in helping to diversify the legal profession. The firm continues to support the Prep program and its mission. Every summer, the firm's New York office hosts the Prep program kickoff reception, which introduces students to their attorney mentors from the firm and its clients.

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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.