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Covington & Burling LLP

Equal opportunities and diversity

At Covington, we recognize the differences among us as an asset and a source of strength. We believe that excellence in the practice of law knows no racial, ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation, or other boundaries. Covington lawyers bring a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences to our practice. By recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting a diverse group of lawyers, we advance the interests of our clients, our practice, and our entire profession.

Lawyers of diverse backgrounds have succeeded and prospered at Covington for decades. We were leaders among larger law firms in electing our first woman partner (in 1974), first African American partner (1975), first Hispanic partner (1985), first openly gay partner (1989), and first Asian American partner (1995). We have continued this tradition through the years, recruiting and promoting lawyers of all backgrounds. We are committed to cultivating a diverse partnership from within our own ranks. We believe that meaningful diversity within the firm requires that every lawyer be afforded a genuine opportunity for personal and professional growth. We have undertaken several major initiatives to ensure that our women and minority lawyers receive every opportunity to achieve personal growth, career satisfaction, and professional success at the firm. Some of these efforts include our active Diversity Committee, Women's Forum and our Mentoring Program.