Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Affinity Groups

Cahill's Affinity groups provide an additional support network and resource for our attorneys.  We encourage formal and informal mentoring within members of affinity groups and support internal and external professional and social events that can foster professional relationships and friendships.  Affinity events are held periodically and may be as formal as attendance at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund annual awards dinner or our annual reception for women lawyers and summer associates, or as informal as a dim sum lunch celebrating Asian-American traditions.

Women Affinity Group

The Women Lawyers of Cahill group hosts events throughout the year to provide our women lawyers with new circles of collaboration, support, mentoring and networking.  The group has also initiated funding and participation in the New York legal community through its sponsorship of key events for women by organizations such as the National Association of Women Lawyers and the New York Asian Women's Center.

Partner Liaisons: Helene R. Banks and Landis C. Best

African American Affinity Group

Our African American affinity group hosts events such as “brown bag” lunches and formal dinners as well as having sponsored the NAACP LDF and Harlem RBI organizations and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, as well as having participated in our Legal Outreach Internship.

Partner Liaison: Stuart Downing

Asian and Pacific Islander Affinity Group

Our Asian and Pacific Islander affinity group holds dim sum luncheons, formal dinners and has sponsored lunar new year galas and cocktail parties held by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Asian American Bar Association of New York.

Partner Liaison: Anirudh Bansal

Latino Affinity Group

Our Latino affinity group holds periodic lunches and dinners, and also has participated in our Legal Outreach Internship.

Partner Liaison: Luis R. Penalver

LGBT Affinity Group

Our LGBT affinity group holds casual and formal dinners, and has sponsored events for the Sage Awards & Gala, Empire State Pride Agenda, Lambda Liberty Awards, LGBT Community Center Awards as well as the ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project’s Attorney Reception and TLDEF’s Annual LGBT Pride Reception.

Partner Liaison: Michael J. Ohler

Working Parents Affinity Group

Our working parents group hosts outside speakers on topics of interest to men and women who are working parents.  The group also hosts informal lunches where parents and expectant parents discuss balancing work and family. We share stories of work/life juggling, discuss practical solutions for common parenting tips dilemmas, and focus on other matters of interest to our working parents.

Partner Liaisons: Jennifer Ezring and Elai Katz

  • It’s empowering to know that Cahill has a strong lineage of successful women attorneys. The Cahill Women’s Initiatives Committee has allowed me to connect with other women at the firm and mentor women just beginning their careers. — Shana Hamilton, Senior Attorney, Women's Affinity Group
  • Cahill is truly a place where diversity is appreciated and encouraged. The African American Affinity Group is a resource that fosters relationships with professional leaders in the community. — Natasha N. Williams Goddard, Class of 2010, African American Affinity Group
  • Affinity group events are a valuable way to develop relationships with colleagues. It’s rewarding to spend time with other associates and partners in a relaxed atmosphere where we can discuss anything and everything that isn’t work related. — Jason Lee, Class of 2006, Asian and Pacific Islander Affinity Group
  • Cahill is a warm, welcoming place and I always encourage my husband to be my guest at work sponsored events. The structure of the LGBT Affinity Group and related events offers associates great networking opportunities and keeps us connected professionally with the LGBT community in the greater NYC area.  — Peter Gioello, Jr., Class of 2008, LGBT Affinity Group
  • Being a member of Cahill’s Latino Affinity group has allowed me to share my heritage with other colleagues in a relaxed, fun environment. Cahill has set up a mentoring program that connects senior and junior associates of shared heritage and provides a valuable base upon which to navigate our careers. — Juliana Obregon, Counsel, Latino Affinity Group
  • The experience of being a working parent is one shared by attorneys at all career levels from junior associates to senior partners. The Working Parents Affinity Group provides a casual setting where our working parent attorneys discuss the common (and uncommon!) issues we all face. — Jennifer Ezring, Partner, Working Parents Affinity Group