Blank Rome's true capital is human capital. We offer innovative and imaginative solutions to the complex needs of our clients through the intellectual power of our lawyers and professionals, informed by their diverse attributes, backgrounds, and experiences.
On the Side of Inclusion
Blank Rome was formed in 1946 by lawyers who—because of their religion—were barred from joining many established law firms. The founders' vision for the Firm was of a place where people of diverse backgrounds could gather to practice law.
The Firm's diversity and inclusion goal is threefold: (1) to make Blank Rome a place where everyone can do their best work; (2) to make Blank Rome a place where everyone can bring their "whole selves" to work; and (3) to attract and harness our diverse talents and competencies to enhance the Firm's client service.
The team working on our diversity initiatives reports directly to our managing partner. With the support of Blank Rome's Diversity Cabinet, the Firm's Chief Officer of Diversity & Inclusion and the Firm's full-time diversity manager, we are carrying out initiatives to foster an environment of diversity and inclusion. These initiatives include recruiting and mentoring, opportunities for networking, participation in programs for career development and advancement, and outreach to the communities in which we have a presence.
The Firm launched firm-wide affinity groups for lawyers: Attorney of Color Affinity Group, the Women's Forum, and the LGBT Affinity Group. The affinity groups provide a forum for our women and diverse lawyers to network and exchange ideas. Members of the Diversity Committee are active participants in, and sponsors of, each affinity group.
Our affinity groups host dinners, receptions, and other events throughout the year that offer diverse lawyers and professionals the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships among our offices.