Moses & Singer LLP

Diversity

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

Moses & Singer is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment. We believe that diversity among our ranks is essential to our continued success and vital to the Firm's ability to provide our clients with the highest level of service. Accordingly, the Firm's culture and policies value the unique abilities and perspectives of every individual and support diversity in its broadest sense, including race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability and religious affiliation.

Improving diversity is one of Moses & Singer management’s top priorities.  We understand that visible and active leadership is essential to the success of our diversity initiatives. Our diversity and inclusion initiatives are spearheaded by our Management, Diversity Committee and Women’s Initiative Committee. We are also a signatory to the New York City Bar’s “Statement of Diversity Principles,” which expresses our commitment to facilitating diversity in the hiring, retention and promotion of lawyers.

Diversity Committee. The Firm’s Diversity Committee is open to all lawyers who are interested in the issue of diversity and focuses on fostering an environment in which differences are appreciated and valued.  The Diversity Committee meets regularly to discuss internal and external issues and to advances its goals by:

  • Seeking opportunities to partner with minority bar associations to host events of common interest to the Firm and the legal community;
  • Collecting and analyzing data and developing targeted programs to increase recruitment, hiring, training, retention, development and advancement of its lawyers across the diversity spectrum; and
  • Exploring collaborations with organizations that promote tolerance and sensitivity towards diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
     
    Diversity & Inclusion, Discrimination & Racial Injustice Speaker Series
    In 2020, the Firm’s Diversity Committee launched the Diversity & Inclusion, Discrimination and Racial Injustice Speaker Series, inviting notable speakers to discuss a range of topics with the Firm community.  Past speakers in the program include:
  • Professor Victor Goode, retired associate professor at the City University of New York Law School, on the historical context and introduction of affirmative action laws in the U.S., opposition and related case law and prospects for the future;
  • Kate Kendell, Co-Legal Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center and Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights on the LGBT community’s fight toward equality in general and in the workplace; and
  • Dr. Scott Ellsworth, historian, author of The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice, and lecturer at the University of Michigan, and B. Seth Bryant, Esq., a descendant of a late survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and managing partner of Bryant Rabbino LLP, on the horrific tragedy that took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921 in the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Diversity and Clients.  Moses & Singer is committed to fostering understanding and inclusion within its community and with its clients. In recent years 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 receptions 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.

Women’s Initiative Committee and the Advancement of Women.   The firm formed the Women's Initiative Committee to support the advancement of women attorneys and allyship between them. The committee meets regularly and encourages candid discussion about unique career paths, advancement, work-life balance, rainmaking and business development.  The group sponsors women networking events and discussions on various important topics such as the Marriage Equality Act in New York; "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.
 
Among the Firm’s attorneys are 11 women partners, including the Chairs of the Entertainment & Media, Technology and Intellectual Property practice groups, Healthcare and Privacy & Cybersecurity practice groups, Legal Ethics & Law Firm practice, and Co-Chair of the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits practice. Two women sit on the Firm’s Management Committee. 
 
Recruiting Efforts.  Over the past years, nearly a quarter of the Firm’s incoming summer associates have been people of color, and just over 60% were women and/or people of color.  Our efforts to seek out diverse talent have included: 

  • Participation in the Minority Corporate Counsel Association/Vault Annual Legal Diversity Job Fair from its inception in 2005  
  • Participation in the Lavendar Law career fair
  • Participation in the Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • Participation in National Black Law Students Association regional job fair

Diversity Partnerships.  The Firm annually sponsors a number of diversity-related organizations and partners with pipeline organizations.  In recent years the Firm’s support of such organizations includes:

  • Sponsoring 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" 
  • Supporting the Rutgers’ Minority Student Program Annual Banquet dinner
  • Supporting the Pipeline to Practice Foundation

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
  • American Friends of the Israel Museum
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.
  • Japan Federation of Bar Associations/Daini Tokyo Bar Association
  • LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
  • Lighthouse International (Board)
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter
  • NewYorkBIO, Board Member and DEI Initiative Co-Founder and Co-Head
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York
  • South Asian Women Attorneys Network 

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. The Firm has partnered with school officials to hire interns from Cathedral in order to provide these students exposure to the business world.
 
Feel free to contact us.  For further information, please contact the Diversity Committee Co-Chairs, Devika KewalramaniMichelle Cox or Wai Y. Chan.

 

 

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