Global law firm White & Case LLP ranked first among Am Law 50 firms in The American Lawyer magazine's "Diversity Scorecard 2020," a survey of the United States' largest and highest-grossing law firms to determine their percentage of full-time minority lawyers and partners.
"We are honored to be the top-ranking Am Law 50 law firm, and the fourth overall firm in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard 2020," said White & Case Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Maja Hazell.
To identify the most diverse firms, The American Lawyer evaluated 450 firms with respect to their representation of Asian-American, African-American, Latino or Hispanic, Native American and self-described multiracial attorneys.
According to the 2020 Diversity Scorecard, 33.7 percent of White & Case's US lawyers were a member of a minority group in 2019, as well as 20.7 percent of the firm's US partners. White & Case remains specifically committed not only to recruiting diverse legal talent, but also to prioritizing leadership-level support of diverse professionals.
"While we are so proud of our continued recognition in Am Law's Diversity Scorecard, we know that there is still so much to be done," said the Chair of White & Case's Global Diversity Committee Arlene Arin Hahn. "As a profession and as a firm, we must do the work that is required—both institutionally and individually—to ensure that we are not only recruiting diverse talent, but also creating an inclusive workplace where each of our professionals feels like they belong and has an equal opportunity to succeed."
Diversity and inclusion are inherent core values of White & Case. For the last two years, the firm has met the criteria for Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule Certification, and this year received Certified Plus status, which indicates that White & Case considered at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for most leadership positions and in senior-level recruiting, in addition to having achieved representation of at least 30 percent women, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers in a large number of key leadership roles.