BR Pride’s mission is to develop and foster a sense of community and inclusion for LGBTQ+ attorneys and legal professionals at the firm through recruiting, retention, professional and personal development opportunities, firmwide education and communications, and policies that support a positive and respectful work environment and LGBTQ+ inclusion, while also addressing equity issues of LGBTQ+ individuals in our firm and our communities.
We frequently host cocktail receptions, seminars, and networking events throughout the firm’s offices to bring together our attorneys and business professionals in a social setting inspired by an atmosphere of meaningful inclusion that supports our LGBTQ+ community, both locally and nationally.
BR Pride participates in the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law® Career Fair and LGBTQ+ Out and Proud Corporate Event Reception. We are also involved in various legal clinics to provide aid and assistance to transgender individuals and LGBTQ+ communities.
In recognition of our firm’s ongoing commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, Blank Rome LLP has been designated as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for seven years in a row by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, receiving a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
And, in 2017, Blank Rome received LeGaL Foundation’s Community Vision Award in recognition of our firm’s milestone victory for the LGBTQ+ community at large in Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth C.C., which overturned a 25-year precedent when the court ruled that non-biological, non-married, non-adoptive parents can seek custody and visitation of children who were born into their relationships with the consent of the child’s biological parent.
Blank Rome is proud of its longstanding history of supporting diverse communities and individuals, and looks forward to continuing its work on enhancing and encouraging inclusion in this space, both in the legal industry and beyond.
BR Pride Chair:
Partner, Energy Practice Group
BR Pride Co-Chair:
Associate, Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group