At Jones Day, you will see lawyers from diverse backgrounds leading client engagements, practice groups, and offices around the world. This reality reflects not only a long-standing Firm commitment to diversity but, more profoundly, a recognition that a broad, diverse group of lawyers is important to our Firm culture and meets the needs of our clients in a diverse world. We share this commitment with our clients and undertake this responsibility with them.

We aggressively pursue hiring, retaining, and developing lawyers from historically underrepresented groups and backgrounds. This approach is not box-checking or something that we do in addition to our normal work. It is integral to all of it, from recruiting and hiring to staffing, mentoring, and advancing each lawyer. By mentoring and promoting women, people of all races and backgrounds, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities, we tap the unique strengths and experiences of very talented lawyers. For more insights into Diversity at Jones Day, listen to our "Perspectives and Pathways" podcast available below.

Our tools to advance diversity are both general and specific, including Firmwide committees to implement our diversity efforts in each office and practice, affinity groups for specific populations, training and support for pipeline programs, and a Diversity Conference for first-year law students.

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Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee

The members of the Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement Committee (DIAC) reflect the diversity of the Firm by race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, practice area and geographic location. They talk quarterly to exchange information and to develop priorities and strategies for accomplishing Firm-sponsored goals relating to diversity and inclusion. Additionally, diversity committees in many local offices collaborate with offices and practice groups in addressing diversity priorities. Information about the chairs of our office-level diversity committees may be found here.  

Beyond our Firm, Jones Day remains equally dedicated to growing diversity throughout the legal profession and is honored to support the following organizations as a national sponsor or partner:

  • Lambda Legal, the oldest LGBT civil rights organization in the country.
  • The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization working to build a more open and diverse legal profession.
  • The SEO Law Fellowship Program, which identifies, trains and develops talented diverse law students for summer internships at the nation’s premier law firms in order to increase the recruiting pipeline of attorneys entering such firms.


You have talent, ambition, and energy?

Good. Jones Day has opportunities.

Jones Day also has 40 offices on five continents, with lawyers able to advise and effectively represent clients on nearly any legal challenge confronting the modern, multinational corporation.

Established practice areas like Antitrust, M&A, and Tax, work seamlessly with newer practices like Cybersecurity, Health Care, and Energy. Just as important to you and your development, the Firm remains committed to its position as a thought leader in the legal services industry, eagerly meeting the challenge of properly interpreting and applying the law across new jurisdictions, as well as to emerging business processes and technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, self-driving vehicles, and others.

Jones Day's global reach, wide range of practice areas, and focus on the most dynamic areas of the law can translate to tremendous opportunities for you, even early in your career. Often it just requires your asking to be part of a team involved in complex litigation, a major transaction, or a high-stakes regulatory matter.

Jones Day also presents opportunities to assist others. The Firm routinely devotes more than 100,000 lawyer hours annually to pro bono work. Your pro bono commitment could involve a very large, intricate matter, or the representation of a single individual in a local court or tribunal. Jones Day's head of pro bono work is based in Washington, and each of the Firm's offices has a designated partner in charge of pro bono.

Our affinity programs help lawyers from diverse or historically underrepresented groups become successful and effective in their professional and personal lives. The affinity groups have the full backing and support of the Firm and membership is open to all.



Jones Day’s Asian Lawyers Affinity Group actively supports the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Asian lawyers at the Firm. The group provides a platform for sharing experiences, advice and interests, and cultivates networking opportunities to deepen connections within the Firm, with clients, and within the community.

The Asian Lawyers Affinity Group is co-chaired by partners Yvonne Chan and Lin Kahn.


Jones Day’s Black Lawyers Affinity Group supports the Firm’s larger diversity efforts as well as client development opportunities by helping to: (1) attract; (2) retain; and (3) promote Black Lawyers at the Firm. The group, which meets quarterly by conference call, focuses its efforts on creating an informal infrastructure to support cross-office and Firmwide networking, mentorship, and collaboration.

The Black Lawyers Group is co-chaired by partners Elsa Andrianifahanana and Jennifer Plagman and has global participation. If you have questions about the Black Lawyers Group, its initiatives, or you would like to speak to group representatives in a particular Jones Day office, please contact Elsa or Jenny.


Created for the purpose of supporting Jones Day's larger diversity efforts, the Jones Day Hispanic Lawyers Affinity Group seeks to: (1) attract; (2) retain; and (3) promote Hispanic attorneys at the Firm. The Group focuses its efforts on creating an informal infrastructure to support cross-office and cross-practice networking, mentorship, and collaboration among Hispanic attorneys Firmwide.

The Hispanic Lawyers Affinity Group is co-chaired by partners Kelly Carrero (New York), José Isasi (Chicago), and Cristina Pérez Soto (Miami), and welcomes participation from lawyers across the Firm. If you have questions about the Hispanic Lawyers Affinity Group, its initiatives, or would like to speak to group representatives in a particular Jones Day office, please contact Kelly, José, or Cristina.


The purpose of Jones Day’s Jewish Cultural Affinity Group is to foster a space in which individuals who identify as Jewish, as well as those interested in and supportive of Jewish culture, can come together to share, learn, and support lawyers and staff of Jewish ethnicity; and to deploy the Firm's legal skills to fight antisemitism. The group has no religious or ideological agenda, and membership is open to all within the Firm who share its goals.

 The Jewish Cultural Affinity Group is co-chaired by Jill Hengen, Jonathan Linas, Jeff Rabkin, and Liat Yamini.


Jones Day established the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group to coordinate the Firm's support of numerous LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations as well as the many Firmwide and local initiatives initiated by Jones Day partners and associates around the globe.

The LGBTQ+ Affinity Group holds quarterly calls where lawyers and colleagues are invited to discuss activities, LGBTQ+ issues, and business development events in their local offices or regions.


Jones Day’s South Asian Affinity Group is focused on the recruitment, retention, and promotion of South Asian lawyers at the Firm. The group provides a platform for sharing experiences, advice, and interests. It also cultivates mentorship and networking opportunities to deepen connections within the Firm, with clients, and within the community, including various bar associations, charities, and advocacy organizations focused on the South Asian community.

The South Asian Affinity Group is co-chaired by Shireen Matthews and Mahesh Parlikad (Hesh).


Jones Day’s Firmwide Women’s Affinity Group supports the retention, development, and progression of our women lawyers and leaders. The group invites broad participation from women in all offices and brings women lawyers together for mentoring, networking, and career development opportunities devoted to promoting the interests and progress of women. During quarterly conference calls, members share ideas, concerns, and programming materials. Information about the leaders of our office-level Women's Affinity Groups may be found here.


 Diversity meeting

Jones Day hosted "Perspectives and Pathways" our 1L Diversity Conference, on Friday & Saturday, April 5-6, 2024, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Diversity Conference for 1Ls

Launched in 2016, Jones Day’s annual Diversity Conference for 1Ls brings together Jones Day lawyers, Firm clients, and first-year law students for a day of networking and leadership and lawyering skills discussions and training. There are many different pathways to success; our goal is to help you find yours. This interactive conference will provide sessions on negotiations training and persuasive brief writing with practical advice and skills from Jones Day lawyers. Other topics include:   

  • How to network successfully and build long term relationships.
  • Diversity and inclusion in the legal profession - Can I bring my authentic self to work?
  • Judicial Clerkships.
  • Integrating Pro Bono into your practice.


Participants will build a network that includes students from other law schools and Jones Day lawyers.


Selection Process

Selection Process

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Applications must include a diversity statement, a resume, and a transcript.  Applications will be evaluated by a panel of Jones Day lawyers. The following criteria will be considered:

  • Academic and leadership achievements.
  • Obstacles, challenges, or other factors encountered in advancing career objectives.
  • Life experiences that have shaped values and goals.
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Travel and related expenses for the students selected to attend will be covered by the Firm.


Visit our Diversity site for more information about the "Perspectives and Pathways" our 1L Diversity Conference and diversity at Jones Day.