Diversity and Inclusion

Our Commitment

Achieving diversity in the legal profession requires commitment, learning and the collective and individual will to change. At Kelley Drye, diversity and inclusion are core values, expressed in our approach to recruiting lawyers and staff and to creating a workplace where all members are safe, respected and valued. Our commitment extends to community involvement, and to assembling client teams that draw upon our lawyers’ diverse perspectives and experiences.

Our Programs and Initiatives

Kelley Drye actively supports internal and external programs to increase diversity within the profession and to promote leadership opportunities within law firms for lawyers from historically underrepresented groups.  We invite high school students considering legal careers to see what it’s like to work in a law firm, support leadership training for diverse attorneys, and invite thought leaders among minority in-house counsel to share their perspective and experience with our lawyers.

Our Committee

Kelley Drye’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee advances the work of its three Guiding Principles―to foster a diverse, inclusive professional environment, maintain diversity in our ranks, and employ the firm’s culture and diversity in our business development and relationship-building efforts.

Task Force on Racial Equality

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020 and the ensuing unrest that occurred around the country left us feeling waves of anger, frustration, and sadness. Believing that the Kelley Drye community’s many talents could be leveraged to foster change, the firm established the Task Force on Racial Equality to increase awareness of racism and anti-racism efforts and leverage the talent and energy of the Kelley Drye community to assist in the fight for racial justice.

Kelley Drye Women

Recognizing the particular challenges women face in legal careers, in 2008 the firm launched a formal program, Women At KDW, to provide networking, mentoring and learning opportunities for women associates. Our Women Partners Group is equally active, meeting regularly to network, mentor women associates, cross-market, and share business development strategies.

LGBTQ Network

The Kelley Drye LGBTQ Network is an affinity group of friends, allies and members of the LGBTQ community. Open to everyone, the group reflects the firm’s commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and to increasing understanding of, and involvement in, the unique issues facing the LGBTQ community.

Diverse Associate Network

Kelley Drye’s Diverse Associate Network serves as a forum for racial and/or ethnic minority associates from historically underrepresented groups to promote their careers and professional development by building community, sharing and transferring knowledge, leveraging collective resources, and creating a safe space, empowering participants to achieve career success.

Diversity Scholarship

In support of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, Kelley Drye is proud to offer a Diversity Scholarship to an outstanding second year law student. The Kelley Drye Diversity Scholarship includes a paid summer associate position in our New York office following the second year of law school, and a $25,000 award paid in two installments as a signing bonus – one upon completion of the summer program and the second upon starting as a full time associate at the firm. Thank you for considering Kelley Drye. The application period for the Diversity Scholarship is now closed.