O’Melveny is committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting lawyers and staff of all backgrounds. Our dedication is reflected in one of our most successful diversity initiatives—supporting voluntary Diversity Affinity Groups for lawyers and staff.
Diversity Affinity Groups are made up of people who share common personal characteristics such as gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, race, or other “protected” status. They gather for social events and professional development activities that provide forums for sharing common insights, experiences, and perspectives; create mentoring opportunities; help boost morale; and, ultimately, foster a stronger sense of community within the Firm.
Affinity Groups emerge and function organically within the Firm as voluntary associations organized and directed by their members. Within three years of announcing support for the formation of Diversity Affinity Groups, employees have established 23 groups in nine O’Melveny offices around the globe. Diversity Affinity Group events have included panels with alumni and business and community leaders, and discussions on work-life effectiveness, creating a diverse leadership pipeline, client development and networking, communication styles, and other topics.