GLBT Initiative

Embracing inclusion.

As a proponent of the broadest definition of diversity, we actively recruit attorneys and staff who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). And we have developed inclusive professional development and career advancement programs that benefit all Goodwin Procter attorneys and staff.

The GLBT Initiative.

To help build a strong network of GLBT professionals at Goodwin Procter, we formed the partner-led GLBT Initiative, which focuses on recruiting, retaining and advancing GLBT talent, plus creating a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment across the firm. The Initiative is chaired by partners Scott Webster and William Weiss.

Our firm works hard to foster connections and collaboration among all members of our community. The GLBT Initiative champions this effort by hosting annual Pride celebrations in each of our offices.

Sponsorships and Accolades.

Each year, the firm sponsors:

  • The National Lesbian and Gay Association (NLGLA) Conference;
  • The NLGLA Lavender Law Job Fair;
  • The ACLU and NYCLU LGBT & AIDS Project Cocktail Reception in New York;
  • Greater Boston PFLAG Pride & Passion Annual Benefit and Auction;
  • The GLAD Spirit of Justice Award Dinner in Boston; and
  • The Annual Lawyers for Transgender Rights Event in Boston.

On behalf of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, we played a prominent role in winning the fight for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. We worked directly with GLAD’s Civil Rights Project Director on her brief and historic oral argument that made Massachusetts the first state to recognize that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Since then, the GLBT Initiative has continued to work with GLAD to protect the rights of same-sex couples.

The GLBT Initiative also works closely with firm management to ensure that the firm’s policies and practices are protective of our GLBT employees, as well as all other protected categories of employees. As a result, we have been repeatedly recognized as a Human Rights Campaign “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality,” a distinction awarded to businesses who receive a 100 percent score on the organization’s Corporate Equality Index.