Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Social Justice & Pro Bono

Young Conaway prioritizes social justice and pro bono efforts through representations, service, and partnerships which promote fairness, equity, and access to justice.  Our firm continues to support the individuals and organizations that address today's important issues. We strive to meaningfully impactful the lives and welfare of those in need through our volunteer work.  The firm's efforts are highlighted in our 2022 Pro Bono & Social Justice Report.

“It is critical that Young Conaway and other Delaware firms join together to implement diversity, equity and inclusion best practices, and achieve social justice and racial equity within the Delaware bar. I personally commit to this imperative.” 
Michael R. Nestor
Vice-Chairman of the Firm and Partner

Social Justice

As a firm, Young Conaway is committed to racial equality and equal justice. Here in Delaware and around the world, all of us can, and must, do more to ensure that racial equality and social justice are a collective reality, not merely an aspiration.  We continually explore as a firm ways that we can improve and continue to push for equal justice for all, most especially for those who have historically been held down, both systematically and far too often through brutality.  

Pro Bono

Young Conaway provides pro bono support to organizations in Delaware that serve underrepresented communities and individuals. In 2021, the attorneys of Young Conaway again invested over 6,000 hours in various pro bono and DEI projects.  While this work includes a variety of matters, we prioritize work for indigent clients through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Delaware Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., the Office of the Child Advocate, court appointments, and the ACLU. We also support the educational growth of local children in many ways, including our adoption of Stubbs School. 

In addition, Young Conaway led Delaware’s large legal firms with the highest percentage of individual attorney participation in the annual appeal for Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice on top of the Firm’s annual donation to the Campaign. Young Conaway offers the following opportunities for attorneys and staff to participate and highlight pro bono and volunteer activities.

  • 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- Business professionals 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.