Lathams & Watkins LLP
Category: Managing Diverse Talent
Latham & Watkins’ Black Lawyers Group (the BLG) was established in 2015 and is now one of the firm’s eight affinity groups, providing a firmwide platform for black lawyers to establish and maintain broader networks and relationships; attract, retain and promote top talent; and foster an inclusive culture which supports the long-term success of black lawyers. BLG membership comprises African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean and multi-racial lawyers, and is open to all who support the BLG mission.
Over the last four years, the BLG’s focus on mentoring and supporting black lawyers, through global videoconferences and retreats, mentoring families and hands-on training, has made a significant and lasting impact on the experiences of black lawyers within the firm. A testament to this is the promotion of four BLG members to the firm’s partnership during this time and the growing numbers of black lawyers at all associate levels and in trainee intakes since 2015.