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GLBT Initiative

Recognizing the value of the broadest definition of diversity, we actively recruit attorneys who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). All Goodwin Procter attorneys benefit from our commitment to merit-based, individually tailored professional development and career advancement programs.

Goodwin Procter’s GLBT Initiative
To promote a strong network of Goodwin Procter GLBT professionals, we have formed our partner-led GLBT Initiative, which focuses on recruiting, advancing and retaining GLBT attorneys while promoting a culture of inclusion across the firm.

Our firm offers valuable professional development and networking opportunities to strengthen connections among members of our community. The GLBT Initiative in 2009 sponsored a presentation by Tobias Barrington Wolff, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, who discussed developments and legal issues affecting the GLBT community. Wolff is a nationally recognized scholar, civil rights lawyer and leading authority on GLBT and racial issues. He served as Co-Chair of the National LGBT Policy Committee during President Obama’s campaign.

Firm Sponsorships and Activities
The firm supports the ACLU/LGBT & AIDS Project’s annual summer reception in New York. Founded in 1986, the LGBT & AIDS Project fights discrimination and moves public opinion on LGBT rights through the courts, legislatures and public education. For example, we hosted an attorney from the ACLU/LGBT & AIDS project who addressed our attorneys and summer associates on “Significant Developments in LGBT Rights Law in the Past Five Years.”

Goodwin Procter is also an annual sponsor of The National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA) Conference. NLGLA is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. NLGLA promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community.

Pro Bono Support
We also provide significant pro bono legal support to the GLBT community. On behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Goodwin Procter played a prominent role in winning the fight for gay marriage in Massachusetts through the Goodridge case. A team of our lawyers conceived and drafted the principal amicus brief on the history of marriage laws in Massachusetts.

We also worked directly with GLAD and Mary Bonauto – the Civil Rights Project Director of GLAD – on her brief and helped prepare her for the historic oral argument that made Massachusetts the first state to recognize that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. We have continued to work with GLAD to protect the rights of same-sex couples.

Goodwin Procter is also closely involved in providing ongoing pro bono legal support to the Point Foundation, a leading provider of scholarships to gay and lesbian college and graduate students, and we provide frequent legal contract and general corporate assistance to the New York AIDS Coalition.