Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to fostering an inclusive, respectful, and high-performing culture in which our colleagues feel a sense of belonging and empowerment to do their best work, so they can have a thriving and fulfilling career.
At Blank Rome, we value diversity of identities, experiences, and backgrounds, which creates a more vibrant and dynamic work environment. Our firm’s culture is centered around collaboration, collegiality, entrepreneurial and familial spirit, and giving back to our local communities through service. Blank Rome was founded in 1946 by two attorneys that were barred from practicing law at established law firms because of their religion who decided to create a law firm where attorneys of all backgrounds could practice law and be the best attorney they could be. We continuously work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion ("DEI") in our firm and beyond while “answering the call” for racial equity and social justice set out by our first and former Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, who was a civil rights trailblazer, a former chief legal spokesman for the civil rights movement, a federal appeals court judge who devoted his long career to eradicating the legacy of slavery, and the general counsel of the NAACP.
We continue our work to recruit, retain, promote, and advance diverse talent at all levels of the firm, and cultivate our organizational culture. We value our people and want them to thrive, which will drive high business performance and innovation. Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, director, and team host programs and events, lead progressive initiatives, share resources, provide guidance, address policy issues, and work with firm leadership to scale our efforts, which are supported by our chair, managing partner, and CEO.
Our firmwide affinity groups—BR Asian, BR Black, BR Latinx, BR MENA, BR Parents, BR Pride, BR United, and BR Women—provide a forum for our diverse attorneys and professionals to network, share opportunities, exchange ideas, and provide educational programs and workshops to its members, firm colleagues, and clients and friends of the firm.
To learn more about Blank Rome’s recent diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, please contact Krystal Studavent Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.632.8654.
Read our 2022–2023 diversity, equity, and inclusion magazine, Perspectives, below.