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  • McCarter Celebrates

    The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. McCarter has been at the forefront of the fight for equality for its LGBTQIA+ family members, offering pro bono support to marriage equality efforts, guaranteeing the same benefits to single-sex and mixed-sex couples employed by the firm, and providing one of the first gross-up policies to rectify the disparate tax treatment of same-sex couples at the firm prior to the adoption of marriage equality. This Pride Month, McCarter joins in recognizing the important impact that LGBTQIA+ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally, as well as the immense progress that has been made with respect to LGBTQIA+ rights.

  • McCarter Celebrates

    Juneteenth (short for “June nineteenth”) occurs on June 19 of each year and is a celebration in the African American community commemorating the ending of slavery. Accordingly, it is often referenced within the African American community (particularly in Texas and other Southern states) as Black Independence Day. Today many states observe Juneteenth to celebrate African American freedom and achievement, while also encouraging self-development and pride.

Nurturing Our Communities

The firm's commitment to diversity began with its commitment to the City of Newark, New Jersey's largest municipality. Although at one time Newark was the hub of New Jersey's legal community, by the early 1980s nearly all large law firms had left for the suburbs. The firm is proud of its historic ties and commitment to Newark (which has been recognized by the Governor of New Jersey and the Mayor of Newark), its home office, and believes that we provide real-world, meaningful employment opportunities to traditionally disadvantaged citizens in our home and regional offices.

The firm is involved in numerous legal, professional, and community-based organizations that are designed to promote diversity and inclusion. McCarter & English provides membership, sponsorship, and support for African American, Hispanic, Asian, and LGBTI organizations. Many of our diverse attorneys have risen to leadership positions and serve on the governing boards of these organizations. Some of the many organizations that McCarter & English has supported/continues to support include:

• National Association of Women Lawyers 
• Minority Corporate Counsel Association
• Tri-State Council on Diversity
• George W. Crawford Black Bar Association
• National Hispanic Bar Association
• North American South Asian Bar Association
• National Association of Asian-Pacific American Bar Association
• Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
• Lambda Legal
• Human Rights Campaign
• Garden State Bar Association
• Garden State Equality
• The Boston Lawyers Group

The firm also works to foster an interest in the law at the high school and middle school levels. For example, each summer, McCarter & English employs economically disadvantaged high school interns from the New Jersey Law & Education Empowerment Project (NJLEEP), Christ the King School, as well as the Hartford Boy's & Girl's Club. In addition, for the past three years, the Women's Initiative has worked with the Citizen School Project to mentor inner-city middle school students and assist them in preparing for a mock trial competition.