At Latham & Watkins, you belong as you are. We are on a mission to strengthen DEI as a distinguishing feature of our culture, advancing DEI in our profession and communities.

As a global law firm, Latham & Watkins is uniquely positioned to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our profession and in our communities. We value all of our colleagues and their perspectives, we fight for social justice, and we educate ourselves to be better allies for each other. We recruit talent representing a diversity of perspectives and strengthen our organization by investing in, developing and promoting talent. At Latham, the responsibility to advance DEI is shared by all of our colleagues, from our leadership to our most junior attorneys to our staff.

Latham’s Diversity Leadership Committee (DLC) and Staff Diversity and Inclusion Department spearhead our DEI strategy and work to strengthen and promote Latham as a workplace where the best and brightest professionals — including those underrepresented in the legal industry — excel and find support to become firm and industry leaders. Our Women Enriching Business (WEB) Committee serves as a network for growth, opportunity, and advancement of women within the firm and the profession, with a particular emphasis on business development and facilitating connections with Latham lawyers and clients.

We have a distinct responsibility as legal advocates to combat ingrained, institutional racism and other inequities. This includes looking inward and strengthening our inclusive culture through concrete actions, allyship, and collective learning. It also includes using our skills and knowledge as one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services to work on matters aimed at advancing racial equality, promoting equal opportunity, and supporting those most affected by systemic inequities.

Belong As You Are

Recruiting, retaining, and promoting the best talent, including individuals from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, are essential to our continued success and ability to provide premier service to our clients.


Global Affinity Groups, Networks & Coalitions

Our affinity groups for lawyers and staff are critical to building a sense of community and belonging at the firm. These groups are open to all of our people — those who self-identify as members of the community, as well as allies and active supporters.

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Pathways Program: 1L and 2L Diversity Scholars

Our Pathways Program supports students through law school, giving them insight into the legal profession and relieving some of the financial pressure as they begin to practice in a way that’s meaningful and impactful to clients, society, and our firm.

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Our firmwide Allies@Latham initiative provides colleagues with practical tools and information to serve as better allies for each other.

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Diversity Leadership Academies

We host two annual Diversity Leadership Academies — one for US law students and one for Latham associates; both underrepresented associates and allies are invited and encouraged to attend. These award-winning programs provide tailored professional development training and invaluable opportunities for mentorship and community building.

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Women’s Leadership Academies

Our celebrated Women’s Leadership Academies are annual programs for Latham associates and partners (including allies). Attendees participate in workshops on leadership, executive presence, and business development, and leave with stronger networks.

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Pipeline Programs

We believe in fostering talent and creating opportunities for aspiring legal professionals.

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Kem Ihenacho


Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee

London +44.20.7710.4560

Kirsten C. Jackson


Vice Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee

Century City +1.424.653.5689

Daniel J. Dominguez


Vice Chair of the Diversity Leadership Committee

Washington, D.C. +1.202.637.2225
Clairicia, Lauren Y.

Lauren Y. Clairicia

Director of Global Attorney Diversity & Inclusion

Orange County +1.714.755.8240
Mock Mesiah, Kerri G.

Kerri G. Mesiah

Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion

Washington, D.C. +1.202.350.5079