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N.Y. SURVEY ASSESSES SEXUALITY AT FIRMS NEW YORK — Slightly more than 2 percent of the lawyers at 23 of New York City’s largest firms identify themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a New York County Lawyers’ Association survey. The survey, the first of its kind, also found that the participating firms prohibit discrimination against employees because of their sexual orientation or identity. Those firms also uniformly reported extending family benefits coverage they provide to married couples to same-sex couples registered with the city as domestic partners. Reviewing the responses received to the 15-question survey, the bar group’s report concluded, “It is undeniable that New York’s top law firms have made great strides in ensuring that [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] attorneys are welcome, valued and treated equally.” The report found that six firms reported having no partners who are openly members of a sexual minority. County Lawyers President Norman Reimer said the firms’ efforts to recruit members of sexual minorities and their adoption of policies supportive of them are positive developments. The survey found an “astonishing amount of progress in the big firms in the last 10 or 15 years,” he said, and that “bodes well for tolerance and inclusiveness in society.” The committee surveyed the 25 largest firms in New York City identified by the New York Law Journal, a Recorder affiliate, in 2002. One firm, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, did not participate. Of the 23 firms reporting on the number of their lawyers who identified themselves as members of sexual minorities, the largest percentage — 4.9 percent — was reported by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. The firm reporting the largest percentage of partners was Sullivan & Cromwell, 6.7 percent. Similarly, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy reported having the highest percentage of associates at 4.6 percent. — New York Law Journal

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