At O’Melveny, we don’t just talk a good diversity and inclusion game; we’re changing the game. Creating a truly inclusive environment while providing advancement and leadership opportunities for our diverse lawyers and staff is both a core value and a strategic priority. It’s who we are.
Our Diversity & Inclusion program is busier and more innovative than ever, reaffirming our longstanding commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse body of talent and offering a place where everyone can enjoy a sense of belonging and feel empowered to contribute and grow. For highlights, see our one-page summary of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at O’Melveny.
A Culture of Inclusion
O’Melveny’s Employee Networks are groups of employees who organize themselves on the basis of some common personal characteristic or life experience (such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, parenting, or being first generation attorneys). Groups welcome both constituents and allies. O'Melveny has more than 30 Employee Network Groups across the firm that regularly organize community outreach, career development, and social events.
Embracing Values and Diversity Day
Since 2004, O’Melveny offices across the world celebrate Embracing Diversity and Values Day—a day to celebrate the diverse backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives found within O’Melveny, and to reflect on issues that impact inclusion in the firm and in the world. Each office chooses a program that can range from hearing from topical speakers to exploring diversity in art to learning through stories of perseverance and success.
Founded through feedback from a firmwide engagement survey, the People Committee is a group of partners, counsel, associates and staff whose mission is to elevate the firm’s collective consciousness about issues affecting our people and ensuring that we continue to seek out ways to be a fulfilling and rewarding place to work. Diversity and inclusion figures prominently in the Committee’s work.
Engaging Our Clients
We partner with our clients to work towards common goals for diversity and inclusion in the legal industry, from secondment programs to jointly hosted trainings and awareness-raising events.
Pipeline and Development Programs
Coleman 1L Diversity Fellowship
O’Melveny senior partner William T. Coleman, Jr. served the legal profession and his country for more than 50 years. A tireless advocate for equality and a key player in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case Brown v. Board of Education, Coleman urged young lawyers to cultivate their cultural literacy and pay close attention to events unfolding on the world stage. To honor that vision and spirit, O’Melveny created the William T. Coleman, Jr. Diversity Fellowship for first year law students in his memory. Learn More >>
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
O’Melveny attorneys participate in the LCLD’s Law School Mentoring Program, as well in the LCLD Scholar and Fellows programs. These programs offer diverse students and attorneys the chance to network, develop key skills and gain access to legal industry leaders.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Corporate Law Program targets under-represented and disadvantaged undergrads and pre-law school candidates and allows them to intern with top law firms across the United States. Currently all US offices host interns with their summer classes.
National LGBT Bar Association
The LGBT Bar is an association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations, which promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. O’Melveny sponsors and participates in the LGBT Bar's annual Career Fair and Conference.
Women’s Leadership Academy
O’Melveny’s Women’s Leadership Academy is a biannual offsite retreat that brings together the firm’s women partners, counsel, and alumni with women leaders from O’Melveny clients for an intensive two-day workshop devoted to developing leadership skills and building relationships.
O’Melveny supports several organizations that share our goal of diversifying the legal profession. Our partner organizations reach a broad spectrum of diverse constituents. We are proud to be a member, a sponsor, or a supporter of:
- Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA)
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC (APABA-DC)
- Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)
- Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP)
- Bay Area Urban Debate League
- Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
- California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP)
- Capital Area Muslim Bar Association (CAMBA)
- Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
- LA Gay & Lesbian Center
- Lambda Legal
- Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
- Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (LGLA)
- LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGaL)
- Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF)
- Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)
- Ms. JD
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
- National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
- National Bar Association (NBA)
- National LGBT Bar Association
- Philippine American Bar Association (PABA)
- Project SELF, Orange County
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, Law Program (SEO)
- Williams Institute
- Women in Leadership Empowerment Forum (WILEF)
- Women’s Philanthropy Fund, United Way