Diversity

At Jones Day, you will see lawyers from diverse backgrounds leading client engagements, practice groups, and offices around the world. This reality reflects not only a long-standing Firm commitment to diversity but, more profoundly, a recognition that a broad, diverse group of lawyers is important to our Firm culture and meets the needs of our clients in a diverse world. We share this commitment with our clients and undertake this responsibility with them.

We aggressively pursue hiring, retaining, and developing lawyers from historically underrepresented groups and backgrounds. This approach is not box-checking or something that we do in addition to our normal work. It is integral to all of it, from recruiting and hiring to staffing, mentoring, and advancing each lawyer. By mentoring and promoting women, people of all races and backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities, we tap the unique strengths and experiences of very talented lawyers.

Our tools to advance diversity are both general and specific, including Firmwide committees to implement our diversity efforts in each office and practice, affinity groups for specific populations, training and support for pipeline programs, and a Diversity Conference for first-year law students.

Read our Diversity brochure.

Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee

The more than 40 members of the Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee (DIAC) reflect the diversity of the Firm by race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, practice area and geographic location. They talk monthly to exchange information and to develop priorities and strategies for accomplishing firm-sponsored goals relating to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, diversity committees in each local office collaborate with offices and practice groups in addressing diversity priorities.

Beyond our Firm, Jones Day remains equally dedicated to growing diversity throughout the legal profession, and is honored to support the following organizations as a national sponsor:

  • Lambda Legal, the oldest LGBT civil rights organization in the country.
  • The National Association of Women Lawyers, the oldest and largest organization for women lawyers in the country.
  • Council on Legal Education Opportunity, the oldest pipeline building organization in the country dedicated to supporting the academic success of minority students interested in a career in the legal profession.

Contacts

You have talent, ambition, and energy?

Good. Jones Day has opportunities.

Jones Day also has forty-three offices on five continents, with lawyers able to advise and effectively represent clients on nearly any legal challenge confronting the modern, multinational corporation.

Established practice areas like Antitrust, M&A, and Tax, work seamlessly with newer practices like Cybersecurity, Health Care, and Energy. Just as important to you and your development, the Firm remains committed to its position as a thought leader in the legal services industry, eagerly meeting the challenge of properly interpreting and applying the law across new jurisdictions, as well as to emerging business processes and technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, self-driving vehicles, and others.

Jones Day's global reach, wide range of practice areas, and focus on the most dynamic areas of the law can translate to tremendous opportunities for you, even early in your career. Often it just requires your asking to be part of a team involved in complex litigation, a major transaction, or a high-stakes regulatory matter.

Jones Day also presents opportunities to assist others. The Firm routinely devotes more than 100,000 lawyer hours annually to pro bono work. Your pro bono commitment could involve a very large, intricate matter, or the representation of a single individual in a local court or tribunal. Jones Day's head of pro bono work is based in Washington, and each of the Firm's offices has a designated partner in charge of pro bono.

Our affinity programs help lawyers from diverse or historically underrepresented groups become successful and effective in their professional and personal lives. The affinity groups have the full backing and support of the Firm and membership is open to all.

 

WOMEN

Structured to support the retention, development, and progression of our women lawyers and leaders, Jones Day’s Firmwide Women’s Affinity Group offers mentoring, networking, and career development opportunities.

For contacts, see our Women's Affinity Leader Group information.

LGBTQ+


Jones Day established the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group to coordinate the Firm's support of numerous LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations as well as the many Firmwide and local initiatives initiated by Jones Day partners and associates around the globe.

The LGBTQ+ Affinity Group holds quarterly calls where lawyers and colleagues are invited to discuss activities, LGBTQ+ issues, and business development events in their local offices or regions.

For contacts, please see our LGBTQ+ Initiatives and Affinity Group page.

BLACK LAWYERS

Jones Day is committed to diversity and to the inclusion, development and advancement of its Black attorneys.  The Black Lawyers Group (BLG) supports the Firm’s larger diversity efforts by helping to attract, retain, and promote Black attorneys at Jones Day.  BLG provides the infrastructure to support cross-office and Firm-wide networking, mentorship, and collaboration.

For contacts, please visit our Black Lawyers Group page.

HISPANIC LAWYERS

Created for the purpose of supporting Jones Day’s larger diversity efforts, the Jones Day Hispanic Lawyers Affinity Group seeks to: (1) attract; (2) retain; and (3) promote Hispanic attorneys at the Firm. The Group focuses its efforts on creating an informal infrastructure to support cross-office and Firmwide networking, mentorship, and collaboration among Hispanic attorneys.

For contacts, please visit our Hispanic Lawyers Affinity Group page.

 

1L Diversity Conference

Applications for the 2020 Diversity Conference will be accepted beginning December 1, 2019.

Jones Day hosted "Perspectives and Pathways," our fourth annual 1L Diversity Conference, on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in New York City. Please return to this page on December 1, 2019, when the application period will open for the 2020 1L Diversity Conference.

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