Epstein Becker Green’s Affinity Groups were created to promote an environment of inclusion by supporting diversity awareness and facilitating the building of relationships through shared interests, experiences, and backgrounds. The firm is committed to its ongoing diversity initiatives and making a difference to its employees, clients, and communities. The Affinity Groups are open to all attorneys who are interested in participating in the firm’s diversity efforts.
The LGBT Outreach Group
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Outreach Group was established with the primary purpose of enhancing the recruitment and development of LGBT attorneys and staff and fostering a better understanding among all of the firm’s employees of the unique issues facing the LGBT community. The LGBT Outreach Group, composed of LGBT lawyers, staff and their supporters, is dedicated to protecting the rights of the LGBT community and serving as an advocate for the LGBT community within the firm. This group identifies pro bono opportunities and also offers mentoring, training, and opportunities for networking. In addition, this group presents a platform designed to raise awareness and common concerns to firm management in order to make Epstein Becker Green a highly inclusive environment for all of its employees.
The Minority Attorneys Forum
In 2015, the Diversity & Professional Development Committee combined the Hispanic Business Group and the Minority Partners Group to form the Minority Attorneys Forum (“MAF”). The MAF was created to provide the firm with strategic guidance on promoting and enhancing the talents and strengths of all racial and ethnic minority attorneys at Epstein Becker Green. The MAF identifies strategies that will support diversity efforts through (i) mentorship and networking, (ii) recruitment and retention, and (iii) business development and client outreach. Additionally, the MAF serves as a venue where diverse attorneys can raise topics and discuss ideas that are relevant to their work experiences.
The Women's Initiative
Since its founding, Epstein Becker Green has been committed to building on the numbers of women and minority attorneys within our national footprint and throughout the U.S. legal profession. We also recognize the importance of women to business and professional communities. In furtherance of our commitment, the firm launched the Women's Initiative of Epstein Becker Green in 2002. The mission of the Women's Initiative is to enhance the careers of professional women by providing opportunities both inside and outside the office to network, share information, acquire skills, and develop rewarding professional relationships. Learn more about the Women's Initiative of Epstein Becker Green.
The Work/Life Integration Resource Group
The mission of the Work/Life Integration Resource Group is to act as firm liaison and advocate for attorneys and staff looking to integrate their home and work lives. This group provides resources so that employees can share ideas and access information on all aspects of balancing personal and work responsibilities—such as caring for elderly parents; locating the right schools, camps, or sports teams for children; finding the right place to live; or even finding the time to go to the gym or have hobbies! This group is not limited to women or employees with children; rather, both men and women—with or without families—are encouraged to participate.