O’Melveny Recognized by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity with the Compass AwardNovember 03, 2021
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NEW YORK—(November 3, 2021)—For the fourth consecutive year, O’Melveny and firm chair Bradley J. Butwin have both received the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s “Compass Award” for expanding opportunities for diverse attorneys.
The LCLD established the Compass Award to recognize exemplary commitment to the Council’s goal of creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. To qualify for the honor, firms must actively participate in the full range of LCLD programs designed to attract, inspire, and nurture diverse talent. The Compass Award recognizes those who (among other things) participate in the Fellows and Pathfinder Programs, and the Pipeline Program, and those who attend the Annual Membership Meeting, the Leadership Summit, and/or submit a Leader’s Pledge.
O’Melveny chair Bradley J. Butwin submitted such a pledge, vowing to devote himself to implementing and fostering O’Melveny’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) program, a pillar of the firm’s strategic plan. He meets regularly with the women and attorneys of color on his Management Team and Executive Committee, and others, to gain insight into how they are faring, how well the firm’s leadership structure is fulfilling O’Melveny’s DE&I objectives, and how the firm can do better. Butwin further committed to hold the firm’s leaders and partners accountable for O’Melveny’s DE&I success and to continue to direct a review of structural bias in key programs and processes. He will also work to ensure that all members of the O’Melveny family feel welcome and have an equal opportunity to thrive.
A founding member of the LCLD, O’Melveny has demonstrated its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through a variety of efforts, including the firm’s adoption of the Mansfield Rule, which is intended to boost representation of diverse lawyers in a firm’s leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for executive positions. For the fourth consecutive year, O’Melveny bettered that, achieving Mansfield “Certification Plus” status for its outstanding diverse hiring and promotion practices.
That honor was one of a slew recognizing O’Melveny’s longstanding commitment to diversity. In August, O’Melveny was ranked #1 on The American Lawyer’s prestigious A-List, which takes a holistic view of law firms by considering a range of factors, including racial and gender diversity, pro bono, and associate satisfaction scores. O’Melveny claimed the #2 spot in Vault’s most important Quality of Life rankings: “Best Law Firms to Work For,” “Overall Diversity,” and “Best Summer Associate Program” rankings. And the firm was ranked #3 for associate satisfaction in The American Lawyer’s 2021 Midlevel Associates Survey of more than 70 firms nationwide.
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