Todd & Weld is committed to advancing diversity internally and in the larger legal community. As trial attorneys, we understand that the creativity born of a broad range of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences is essential to our success on behalf of our clients. As members of the bar, we acknowledge our unique social responsibility to foster a fair and representative justice system. And as an organization, we believe our attorneys and staff will benefit from a workplace reflecting the individual differences of the community as a whole.
Our firm has a long record of advocacy on behalf of minority and historically disadvantaged or underrepresented communities. Notable examples include:
- We represent the federally recognized Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, including in matters promoting and defending the Tribe's sovereign and aboriginal rights. Several of our attorneys have been admitted to the bar of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Court.
- On behalf of a group of Puerto Rico law professors, we prepared and filed an amicus brief successfully urging the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to reverse a District Court judgment upholding Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage.
- We obtained damages for the victim of a violent hate crime based on sexual orientation.
- In a case referred to the firm by GLAD, we represented the grandparents of a transgender child in a custody dispute. The case highlighted the unique needs and vulnerabilities of transgender people in the family law context.
- We achieved a $1 million settlement on behalf of South Middlesex Opportunity Council, an anti-poverty agency, in its landmark civil rights case against the Town of Framingham and Town officials to secure fair-housing rights for persons with disabilities.
- We successfully represented a Boston area Islamic group post-9/11 to combat highly organized, well-financed discrimination aimed at preventing area Muslims from building a mosque and cultural center in Roxbury. The mosque, now completed, operates as a center for inter-faith dialogue and is the largest Islamic center in New England.
Todd & Weld and its attorneys regularly support organizations promoting diversity in the legal profession. Our engagement includes:
- We belong to the Boston Lawyers Group, a consortium of law firms and other organizations working to advance diversity in Boston's legal community. The specific mission of the Boston Lawyers Group is to support the efforts of its member organizations to identify, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color.
- We are a firm member of the Women's Bar Association, and one of our partners was a founder and the first president of the WBA.
- We regularly sponsor events hosted by the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association.
- A partner of the firm has been recognized by the National Lawyers Guild for his commitment to advancing social justice and equality.
- An associate of the firm holds leadership positions with the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts.
Our commitment to diversity is also reflected in our support of pipeline programs striving to develop the next generation of legal professionals. For example:
- We participate in the Boston Lawyers Group 1L Diversity Clerkship Program, which places first-year law students with local firms and other legal organizations for a ten-week summer program. Participating students gain substantive legal experience, mentoring from Todd & Weld attorneys, and exposure to the Boston legal community.