Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are about fostering an atmosphere where all people are welcomed, valued, and treated fairly and impartially. Young Conaway is dedicated to recruiting, retaining, and promoting talented attorneys and staff with a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in accordance with our firm's DEI Strategic Plan. We recognize that our continued ability to work towards equity in the legal and local communities depends in no small part on our fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within our firm.  We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich our firm and the professional development of each individual attorney and staff member, and ultimately lead to a greater ability to serve the unique needs of all of our clients.

Young Conaway's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, with the full support of the partnership, the firm’s management, and the DEI Director, leads the firm's efforts to foster a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace while also focusing on community engagement and charitable contributions aimed at improving social justice and equity in our communities.  The Committee also collaborates with the firm’s Pro Bono Committee to identify worthy causes, including philanthropic and volunteer initiatives, to which the firm contributes time and resources even beyond the more than five-thousand hours of pro bono work independently performed by our attorneys each year.


Young Conaway is committed to promoting and maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture, and fostering equity in our community and in the legal profession. The lives of both attorneys and staff are enriched by the firm's support of:

  • Affinity Groups - Young Conaway's affinity groups are organized around shared experiences and are responsible for sponsoring activities and discussions that promote inclusion, diversity and other changes in the workplace. While these groups can be infinite, our current affinity groups are the Women's Initiative,  LGBTQ+, First Generation, Military, Veterans and First Responders, and READY (Retaining, Engaging, and Amplifying Diversity at YCST).
  • Billable Hour Credit - Young Conaway offers all attorneys a 50 billable hour credit towards all pro bono representations, service in the community, or work to promote diversity efforts
  • Young Conaway Gives Back Program - Staff are encouraged to volunteer at a charity of their choice or work together with other firm’s personnel on a team volunteer activity or pro bono activity
  • William F. Taylor Award and H. James Conaway, Jr. Award - These awards are presented annually by Young Conaway to an associate and a partner who have provided exemplary pro bono legal service to the community and the Bar over the past year.  A contribution is given by the firm in the attorney's name to the charity of his or her choice.   

DEI Sponsorships and Memberships

Young Conaway continues to look for ways to support equal justice for our community and promote racial equality as a member or sponsor of a number of state and national organizations including:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News

Young Conaway's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Members

Top Row:  Sean Beach, Elisabeth Bradley, Joshua Brooks, Emily Burton, Alberto Chávez, Mary Dugan, Roxanne Eastes
Second Row:  Deborah Edwards, Anne Shea Gaza, Felicia Gojmerac, Margaret Greecher, Ed Harron, Rachel Herron, James Higgins
Third Row:  William Johnston, Allurie Kephart, Pilar Kraman, Edwin León, Joseph Lofink, Katelin Morales, Lakshmi Muthu
Bottom Row:  Elena Norman, Shane Reil, Lauren Russell, Polina Snitkovsky, Samantha Wilson