Mission Statement

In furtherance of the firm’s goal of providing world-class legal service, we recognize that diversity of ideas, backgrounds, and experience are essential to meeting that goal. Our commitment to diversity is one of the firm’s most important core values. We aspire to recruit, retain, and promote talented individuals representing the full spectrum of race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and physical ability. The firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee has been tasked with recommending specific action, educating, and monitoring the firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

The mission of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs includes:

Recruitment & Retention

At Sullivan, we understand that diverse teams benefit from perspectives that non-diverse teams lack. We are focused on attracting and recruiting a range of talented candidates to the firm. We take the following concrete steps to ensure that diversity and inclusion is a priority:

Organizations Committed to Diversity

Sullivan is an active participant in a number of organizations committed to diversity. They include:

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) logo

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The firm is a member of the LCLD, an organization of more than 250 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a truly diverse U.S. legal profession. As part of our membership, the firm nominated Ashley Brooks in 2016, Nicole Crum in 2017, Arinze Onugha in 2018, Natalie Lederman in 2019, and Avinash Rao in 2020, to complete the year-long LCLD fellowship learning program that includes in-person conferences, training in the fine points of legal practice, peer-group projects to foster collaboration and build relationships, and provides extensive contact with LCLD’s top leadership, including the managing partners and general counsel of member organizations.



GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) logo

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD). The firm has worked for the past several years with GLAD, New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. We acted as tax counsel for GLAD in its filing of the first concerted, multi-plaintiff legal challenge to Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).




Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) logo
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA). Our attorneys wrote and filed amicus briefs in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association on a 2013 DOMA case (United States v. Windsor) as well as the Proposition 8 case that was mooted for lack of standing (also in 2013). Since then, we have written and filed amicus briefs for GLMA in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the Supreme Court


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Lawyers for Civil Rights. The firm has an ongoing working relationship with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association. For more than a decade, at least one of our partners has been a member of the steering committee, and in 2020 we had two partners that served as members of the Board. We have acted as co-counsel with the Committee on numerous important civil rights cases involving such matters as racial discrimination, bilingual education, housing integration and public transportation.


The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP) logo
The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program (MMSP). Named in honor of the legendary civil rights attorney and Legal Defense Fund (LDF) founder, Thurgood Marshall, and iconic civil rights litigator Constance Baker Motley, the MMSP is a groundbreaking commitment to endow the South with the next generation of civil rights lawyers trained to provide legal advocacy of unparalleled excellence. Paul Summit is a member of the selection committee, which includes current and former LDF attorneys, renowned civil attorneys and leaders in the legal profession.


Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) logo
Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). In 2020, the firm joined the LFAA with other member firms in an effort to promote racial equity and to utilize legal services and intelligence to aid communities and individuals oppressed by racism.


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The Boston Lawyers Group. The firm is a Member Organization of the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG). The mission of the BLG is to support the efforts of its member organizations to identify, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color. BLG members are ultimately responsible for turning their organizations’ objectives into action. Each member gathers information through the consortium and takes steps independently to achieve the goal of greater diversity.


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Hispanic National Bar Association. The firm is a sponsor of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), Region 1, representing Hispanic attorneys Massachusetts. The HNBA is the National Voice of the Hispanic legal community. The mission of the HNBA is to improve the quality and the administration of justice by advocating for the interests of the Hispanic attorneys. Our associate, Elke Trilla, is the HNBA, Region 1 Vice President.


Leadership

Ashley Brooks
Ashley Brooks
Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee,

Partner, Real Estate

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Angela Gomes
Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee,

Partner, Corporate


For further information about Sullivan's diversity initiatives please contact our Diversity Committee at swdiversity@sullivanlaw.com.

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