Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as the mental wellbeing of our colleagues, are embedded in Cooley’s culture, and we are committed to being a leader in the legal community
One of the ways we encourage inclusivity is through engagement with our affinity groups. Our affinity groups welcome and encourage participation from all Cooley employees and promote a supportive and inclusive environment to ensure all members of the Cooley family are able to bring their authentic selves to the workplace. Some of our affinity group offerings include for LGBTQ+ lawyers, professional staff and allies, Minority Associates, Asian Pacific Islander Attorneys, Black Attorneys, Caregivers, Veterans, attorneys working an alternative work schedule and our Women’s Initiative.
Cooley is committed to building strategies that move us forward on the journey of building a firm and workplace that reflects diversity, equity and inclusion for all. Our leadership and partnership are both transparent and accountable to our diversity, equity and inclusion progress. We apply metrics by developing diversity data dashboards that track trends and identify gaps across several key areas of hiring, retention and promotion firmwide. Developed by our Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and circulated among all partners on a quarterly basis, our analytics highlight statistics specific to each office and practice group and visualise trends around dimensions of hiring, promotion, retention, flexible work schedule trends, diverse talent pipeline and other insights. We commit to publicly sharing and maintaining accountability for Cooley’s progress and to work toward systemic change within the firm, the broader industry and our communities. Our Fight for Racial Justice details some of the additional steps we are taking.
Cooley is deeply committed to advancing mental well-being in our industry, as well as continuing to raise awareness and implement new programmes to meet the needs of our greatest asset – our people. With wide-ranging benefits that include comprehensive mental health programmes, family and childcare support, as well as physical health, Cooley takes a “whole person” approach to your well-being. As participants in the Mindful Business Charter, we are working with other industry leaders to address some of the avoidable stresses in our working practices to promote healthier and more effective ways of working. Cooley’s partner-led mental health and wellness committee is dedicated to destigmatising all issues related to mental health, including anxiety, depression, stress, and substance use. They are vocal champions for self-care and well-being, and through their leadership, we have cultivated a culture of wellness at every level of the firm.
In March 2021, Cooley launched a UK Diversity Fellowship programme, offering outstanding students committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion an award of up to £12,000 to assist with tuition and study expenses. The new programme follows Cooley’s highly successful Diversity Fellowship in the US, which has been operating since 2008. For details and how to apply visit here.