Diversity

"Diversity" is the freedom to be who you are and to be respected and appreciated for it.

 

Our Diversity Dialogue

What Diversity Means to Us.  At Moses & Singer, we appreciate and embrace a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and ideas, as they broaden our perspective, create trust, and make us a stronger firm.

Diversity is in our DNA.  Moses & Singer was founded in the early twentieth century, in part in reaction to discriminatory employment practices faced at large New York City law firms of that era.  The Firm is committed to appreciating and promoting diversity.  

Simply Stated, Diversity is Good.  It’s good for us, our firm culture, our clients and our business.  At Moses & Singer, achieving and maintaining diversity is not merely an aspirational effort.  Rather, it is part of the ethos of the Firm to actively recruit, train and promote lawyers of diverse backgrounds that closely model the needs and composition of our increasingly global and diverse clients.  Reflecting our diversity is our broad language capability – in total, over 20 languages are spoken at Moses & Singer. 

Our Activities.  We have a Diversity Committee comprised of partners, of counsel and associates who are proactive in recruiting and retaining qualified attorneys of differing backgrounds with the goal of increasing the diversity of the Firm and “globalizing” our thinking.  We believe that a diverse workplace promotes and relies on different perspectives and experiences to foster creative solutions to our client demands. 

The Moses & Singer Diversity Committee advances its goals by:

  • Meeting regularly to continually improve the Firm's ongoing efforts;
  • Inviting speakers and trainers to the Firm to explore current issues affecting women and minority groups;
  • Partnering with minority bar associations to host events of common interest to the Firm and the community;
  • Collecting and analyzing employment data and developing targeted programs to increase recruitment, hiring, training, retention, development and advancement of its lawyers across the diversity spectrum;
  • Organizing informal events featuring international cuisine and culture that are aimed at initiating robust internal dialogues about what diversity means within the Firm and how to best promote it;
  • Exploring collaborations with organizations that promote tolerance and sensitivity towards diversity in the workplace; and
  • Ensuring that each associate at the Firm is partnered with a Partner Mentor outside of his or her practice area who encourages and oversees the associate’s development and exposure to diverse perspectives and approaches.

 Diversity and Clients.  Moses & Singer is committed to a broad definition of diversity. The Firm has:   

  • Hosted an event addressing the Marriage Equality Act and the legal/financial impact on same-sex couples considering marriage;
  • Successfully pursued a number of claims on behalf of disabled veterans who rely on service animals;
  • Sponsored Japan Day, an annual event aimed at building cultural understanding between Japan and the U.S.;
  • Hosted a cocktail reception for Indian professionals that featured the Consul General of India in New York as Chief Guest and drew attendees from a range of industries;  
  • Hosted “Indian Businesses Go Green", a networking event which drew leaders in the green and sustainability community;
  • Hosted a reception for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter’s Legal Industry Council; and
  • Hosted Black History Month luncheon with guest speaker, the Honorable Lewis L. Douglass of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Recruiting Efforts.  Over the past ten years, nearly a quarter of the incoming summer associates have been minorities, and just over 60% were women and/or minorities.  Among our recruiting efforts are: 

  • Participation in the Minority Corporate Counsel Association/Vault Annual Legal Diversity Job Fair from its inception in 2005.  The Fair provides diverse candidates with the opportunity to meet and network with recruiters from law firms, government agencies, corporate law departments and non-profit organizations who are firmly committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession. 
  • Sponsorship of the Rutgers Race & the Law Review Symposium, which provides a forum for scholarship and dialogue on race, ethnicity and the law, with topics such as "An Affront on Civil Rights: A Multicultural Perspective on the LGBT Struggle for Equality."  The Firm has also supported Rutgers’ Minority Student Program Annual Banquet dinner.

Women’s Initiative Committee.  The Firm's Women's Initiative Committee meets monthly and encourages candid discussion about unique career paths, advancement, work-life balance, rainmaking and business development.  The group sponsors discussions on topics such as the newly enacted Marriage Equality Act in New York, and supports programs such as "Starting Your Own Business," a program attended by female entrepreneurs; and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon, an event aimed at educating women about heart disease.

Community Participation.  Moses & Singer lawyers have access to a broad network of diverse lawyers and organizations through its participation in bar associations and professional programs and activities, including: 

  • Anti-Defamation League (Board);
  • American Friends of the Israel Museum (Board);
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York (Presenter);
  • Association of Black Women Attorneys;
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.;
  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations/Daini Tokyo Bar Association;
  • Latino Justice;
  • LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
  • Lighthouse International (Board);
  • Metropolitan Black Association of Black Women (Presenter);
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter (Member);
  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section, Diversity Committee (Founding Co-Chair);
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association;
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York (Presenter);
  • South Asian Women Attorneys Network (Presenter).

In addition, the Firm is an active member of the MSI Global Alliance, a leading international alliance of independent legal and accounting firms with relationships in over 100 countries. Through this affiliation and others, the Firm pursues relationships with clients throughout the world.  For example, the Firm has close relationships with India-based law, accounting and consulting firms and is building strategic relationships to enable the Firm to serve India-based clients with interests in the U.S. and U.S. clients seeking business opportunities within India.

Outreach Programs.  Moses & Singer is committed to providing opportunities at local area schools, including the Bronx School of Law and Finance, Cathedral High School and P.S. 375 Jackie Robinson School.  Moses & Singer provides experiential learning and mentoring to students at the Bronx School of Law and Finance, a public high school located in the Northwest Bronx which has a highly diverse student body representative of the Bronx and Northern Manhattan communities which it serves.  The Firm has organized on-site and off-site presentations on legal careers, hosted mock interview programs with the students, and has hired summer interns from the Bronx School of Law and Finance.  Moses & Singer has also been recognized by Cathedral High School for its continued commitment over the past 12 years to Cathedral's Higher Horizons Internship Program. Each year, the Firm partners with school officials to hire interns from Cathedral in order to provide these students exposure to the business world.

Foreign Language Capabilities.  Albanian, Bengali, Chinese, Creole, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil.

Feel free to contact us.  For further information, please contact the Diversity Committee Chair, Devika Kewalramani.

 Members of the Diversity Committee include: