At Wolf Greenfield, we believe one of our greatest strengths lies in our differences. We recognize the value of working with a diverse group of exceptional attorneys and staff whose different perspectives allow us to think more creatively and produce innovative solutions for our clients.
Diversity encompasses an infinite range of individuals’ unique characteristics and experiences, including people of different races, genders, national origins, ages, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities. We believe a culture of inclusion—which respects and values the diversity of all our people—makes us stronger partners with our clients and our communities, more welcoming to talented candidates, and in sync with judges and juries deciding our cases.
We also recognize the inherent struggles in recruiting intellectual property professionals because of fewer women and minorities in the sciences and applaud recent initiatives around the U.S. that call attention to STEM education. We are trying to do our part. For example, one of our shareholders has been involved for the past five years with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) – a one-of-a-kind program for middle and high school students designed to encourage students to pursue science and engineering. The firm has also hosted meetings of a local Science Club for Girls, and several of our attorneys and technology specialists have worked as mentors with the girls.
In 2010, we established the Wolf Greenfield Diversity Committee to assess, recommend and execute initiatives that foster a diverse community within our office as well as to support and connect with the diverse communities in which we operate. For example, the firm has sponsored the GLAD Annual Spirit of Justice Awards Dinner since 2011, served as a judge for the National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, and participated in events for Discovering Justice, a Boston-based civic and justice education organization focused on underserved communities. The firm also conducts bi-annual firm-wide training focused on the importance of workplace diversity and better ways of ensuring that differences are respected.