King & Spalding is committed to having the brightest and most diverse lawyers it can find, including members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. We work hard to foster and maintain an environment where our lawyers can provide the highest level of legal service while being true to themselves in the process. The firm's non-discrimination policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Further, same-sex domestic partner benefits are offered.
- 2014 and 2015 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index Rating of 100%
- Merritt McAlister, Atlanta partner, serves as the President of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, a professional association of attorneys, judges, law students, paralegals and other legal professionals who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and who oppose discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Misty Peterson, Atlanta counsel, is a board member of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia.
- Laura Bennett, Washington, D.C., senior associate, serves as vice chair of Howard County, Maryland’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission, which coordinates a celebration event, a student essay contest and a Day of Service to honor Dr. King’s legacy. She is also chair of the Logistics Committee for the commission.
- James Walker, Atlanta attorney, served on the Ethics & Professionalism Committee of the Georgia Bar’s Young Lawyer Division.
Facts and Figures
King & Spalding encourages and supports its partners, counsel, and associates taking leadership roles in organizations serving the LGBT community:
- The firm’s LGBT Affinity Group provides opportunities for partners, attorneys, and counsel throughout the firm to interact and collaborate on diversity efforts, including recent LGBT-themed continuing legal education programs on such topics as marriage equality and LGBT health-care issues.
King & Spalding actively recruits LGBT law students and seeks opportunities to partner with LGBT student organizations to help their members successfully navigate the process of moving from law student to lawyer. The firm annually atatends Lavender Law, the National LGBT Bar Association’s conference and career fair. LGBT law students are eligible to apply for the King & Spalding Diversity Fellowship, which provides for a paid Summer Associate position, as well as an additional $10,000 in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and leadership to candidates from a diverse background.
- Joseph Yarbough, Washington, D.C., associate, worked with GW Law’s Black Law Students Association on a “Professionalism in the Workplace” panel, held in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office. The event was sponsored by King & Spalding’s African American Affinity Group and LGBT Affinity Group.
- King & Spalding supports the PFLAG-HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation, supporting its 2014 campaign to award scholarships to Houston area high school and college students. The PFLAG-HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation is one of the nation’s largest providers of college support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths.
- King & Spalding also provides ongoing support for various LGBT-related community organizations. Among others, the firm has engaged with:
- Houston’s PFLAG / HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation
- The National LGBT Bar Association’s Out & Proud Corporate Counsel Receptions
- Empire State Pride Agenda
- AIDS Walk Atlanta
- Georgia Equality’s Annual “Evening for Equality” Awards
- Lambda Legal’s annual Garden Party celebration in Atlanta
- The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia’s annual awards dinner
- Out and Proud Corporate Counsel Reception
- Whitman-Walker Health Clinic “Going the Extra Mile”