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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity is embedded in Cooley’s culture. We are dedicated to maintaining a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan sets forth specific objectives, metrics and actions to articulate and deliver on our pledge to oppose racial injustice and address its deleterious effects.

Our commitment also includes active and creative partnerships with clients and in local and national minority law organizations, diversity pipeline projects, law school diversity programs and community outreach.

True workplace diversity means offering all employees the tools, training and mentoring they need to succeed. It means embracing the importance of diversity on our client teams. It looks beyond our four walls, fostering community involvement and participation in local and national diversity initiatives. It means leading by example in our profession.

Read Cooley’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan

Diversity Fellowships

As part of our dedication to maintaining a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences, we offer diversity fellowships to outstanding law students.

2L Diversity Fellowship (new for 2024)  Award recipients will receive a paid 2L summer associate position and an award of up to $40,000 to assist with law school tuition. The application period runs from May 15 to August 15, 2024. Learn more

1L Diversity Fellowship  Award recipients will receive a paid 1L summer associate position and an award of up to $50,000 to assist with law school tuition. Learn more

UK Diversity Fellowship – Award recipients will receive a paid summer programme position and a bursary award of up to £12,000 to assist with law school tuition.  Learn more

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of Cooley and all we do – they’re our fuel for innovation. We’re passionate about building a culture that respects, values and celebrates differences, and we’re relentless to drive real change.

Rama Padmanahan

Partner and global chair of the DEI Committee

Affinity Groups

Cooley's affinity groups are open to all Cooley lawyers and were formed to be a forum and resource for support and awareness within the firm. The groups work to enhance recruiting, retention, training and promotion initiatives; sponsor professional and business development programs; and identify client and community partnering opportunities. Cooley's affinity groups include:

Our culture at Cooley is rooted in excellence, entrepreneurship, collaboration and creativity, and has been a driving force behind our success. We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment strengthens this culture and fuels our ability to innovate and thrive in our ever-evolving industries.

When we embrace individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we create a rich tapestry of ideas, experiences, and talents. This diversity sparks innovation, challenges the status quo, and propels us forward.

It is imperative that we create safe spaces for our people to bring their diverse backgrounds to work every day. We strive to ensure that everyone feels included, valued, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives without fear of judgment or bias. In doing so, we cultivate an environment for both individual and collective success.

Rachel Proffitt, CEO

Bringing leaders together

Cooley’s Black Executive Network and Latinx Executive Network create communities of forward-thinking executive leaders, investors, innovators and prominent influencers across a wide range of industries, companies and government agencies. They are designed to build a sense of community and harness the power of diversity to yield high-impact relationships, collaboration and knowledge-sharing. We’re proud to work alongside and represent these outstanding leaders, and we’re actively seeking to expand opportunities with other underrepresented groups as part of our effort to build a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem.

Black Executive Network

Latinx Executive Network

DEI Committee