Blank Rome’s BR Pride Affinity Group is committed to fostering relationship-building among its attorneys and frequently hosts cocktail receptions, seminars, and networking events throughout all of the Firm’s offices to bring together our attorneys and professional staff in a social setting inspired by an atmosphere of meaningful inclusion that supports our LGBTQ+ community, both locally and nationally.
Additionally, BR Pride participates in the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Lavender Law® Career Fair and LGBT Out and Proud Corporate Event Reception, and is involved in various legal clinics to provide aid and assistance to diverse individuals and communities.
In recognition of our Firm’s commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, Blank Rome LLP has been designated as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for three years in a row by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, receiving a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. With this score, Blank Rome joins the ranks of 609 major U.S. businesses that earned top marks.
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 Chairs:
Deborah A. Franzblau
Partner, Real Estate
New York City
Beth Bernstein Connors
Associate, Real Estate
New York City