Diversity & Inclusion

LGBT Attorneys

Out at Sheppard's mission is to increase visibility of and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender attorneys and professionals in keeping with Sheppard Mullin's overall commitment to diversity. The group focuses its collective efforts on finding, hiring and retaining the best and brightest LGBT attorneys and encouraging them as they move into leadership roles at the Firm.  Out at Sheppard helps facilitate participation in law student outreach programs, actively participates in the Summer Associate program, and provides informal opportunities for mentorship, collaboration and camaraderie for attorneys in all stages of their career.  The group also serves as a resource for professional and business development, and as a communication link to the Firm's leadership.

By contributing to the open and affirming culture at Sheppard Mullin, we aim to positively impact not only our own and our clients' workplaces, but also the larger communities in which we practice. We are committed to seeking out, encouraging and supporting meaningful pro bono work, community activism and  volunteer opportunities to protect the rights and improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their loved ones. For more information about Out At Sheppard, please contact DInclusion@sheppardmullin.com.

Please click here to read our Out at Sheppard brochure. 

Recruiting

Sheppard Mullin participates in the Lavender Law Career Fair and conducts other LGBT law student and attorney recruiting outreach.

Community Involvement

Sheppard Mullin has a strong tradition of supporting the LGBT community through pro bono work and charitable giving. The firm is proud to provide pro bono service to such organizations as Lambda Legal and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). In addition, Sheppard Mullin sponsors LGBT-related events and provides financial support to various LGBT community organizations.

GLAAD: Because of Sheppard Mullin's dedication to LGBT issues, and after our attorneys met with GLAAD's new president and board of directors, GLAAD recently chose to continue using Sheppard Mullin as its principal outside legal counsel. Recent pro bono matters for GLAAD include event, venue, and vendor agreements for the GLAAD Media Awards, tax-related advice, employment contracts, and leasing projects. Many Sheppard Mullin attorneys and clients attend the annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York and Los Angeles.

Lambda Legal: Sheppard Mullin is also a proud National Sponsor of Lambda Legal. Pro bono matters with Lambda Legal include assistance with an amicus brief opposing a challenge to an amendment to the California Education Code broadening the definition of gender to include sexual identity. Each year, Sheppard Mullin attorneys and clients attend Lambda events including the Lambda Legal Liberty Awards National Dinner in New York City.

Other pro bono efforts supporting the LGBT community:

  • We are proud to have partnered with SF Pride to provide pro bono legal services.
  • Sheppard Mullin received the AID for AIDS International's My Hero Award, commemorating the firm's outstanding contribution in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  • Sheppard Mullin attorneys obtained immigration asylum for an HIV-positive LGBT immigrant from Mexico after a lifetime of abuse and threats, ensuring that he would not be deported to face persecution and poor health.
  • Preparation of a pro bono estate plan for HIV/AIDS clients.

Sheppard Mullin attorneys have had leadership roles in many LGBT organizations, including:

  • Lambda Legal National Leadership Committee
  • Pop Luck Club (a non-profit organization providing community support for gay dads and their children)
  • National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
  • Tom Homann LGBT Bar Association (San Diego)
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