The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has honored White & Case with its 2016 Law Firm Diversity Award, recognizing White & Case as a leader among law firms that "actively, affirmatively, consistently, and enthusiastically recruit, retain, and promote Asian Pacific American lawyers to equity partnership and firm leadership," according to NAPABA. The award will be formally presented at a dinner ceremony in San Diego on November 5.
The NAPABA award comes on the heels of the Firm's third consecutive year atop The American Lawyer magazine's Diversity Scorecard, Law360 naming White & Case the most diverse firm in its Diversity Snapshot, and Euromoney magazine honoring the Firm with multiple Women in Business Law awards. In addition to fostering a culture of inclusion firmwide, White & Case sustains a Diversity Initiative to ensure that the Firm consistently achieves its diversity goals.
In a May 2016 article identifying White & Case as one of the "10 Best Law Firms for Asian-American Attorneys," Law360 quoted Partner Bijal V. Vakil (Silicon Valley), a member, Diversity Committee liaison, and mentor to the Firm's Asian Affinity Group, on the Firm's commitment to building diverse teams: "We try to staff our teams diversely, and we recognize that having positive role models is a significant contributor to developing our younger Asian-American attorneys at the firm… Because our business has always been so global, we recognize the need to have diverse teams of lawyers working on matters."
"White & Case is a distinguished industry leader when it comes to workplace diversity," said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. "To be regularly lauded by your peers as one of the nation's leaders in diversity practices is extraordinary, and NAPABA celebrates White & Case's constant devotion to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession."
NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and approximately 75 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.