Diversity & Inclusion
HSG is committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness within our firm and within the legal profession. Please see our statement on the fight against racism.
As a growing litigation boutique with a female founding partner, we believe that having personnel with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives enriches the firm and the profession, enhances collaboration, and enables us to provide clients with the highest-quality representation. Accordingly, we focus on recruiting and hiring a diverse group of lawyers from an array of top law schools and clerkships. We also take steps to foster an environment where all lawyers and personnel at the firm feel welcome, supported, and respected. And our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which includes partners, associates, and staff, meets regularly to ensure that we are thinking broadly and acting aggressively to further these goals. All attorneys and staff participate in a customized training program designed to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.
We actively support and celebrate the appointment of HSG’s female attorneys as leaders of significant professional bodies. Blair Kaminsky is a member of The American Lawyer’s inaugural Young Lawyer Editorial Board, and Karen Sebaski was appointed to the National Association of Women Lawyers 2020 Women Lawyers Journal editorial board. And many HSG women have been recognized by prominent legal publications. For instance, among her many accolades, founding partner Dorit Ungar Black was named to Crain’s New York Business’ 2020 Notable Women in Law List. Dorit was also recognized as a Litigation Trailblazer by The National Law Journal, a Female Powerbroker by Law360, a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal, and Boutique Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly’s Women in Law Awards.
WITHIN OUR PROFESSION
We work closely with a number of organizations whose missions align with our vision for a diverse and inclusive legal profession. For example, we host summer interns through the New York City Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program, an intensive program which places high-achieving New York City high school students with legal employers for the summer, and helps them prepare for a legal career.
Our lawyers also have participated in events aimed at recruiting and mentoring diverse law students and recent graduates. HSG lawyers participated in an interview workshop at the National Black Law Students Association’s 50th Anniversary Convention and frequently judge moot court competitions through affinity organizations including the National Black Law Students Association and the National Latino/Latina Law Students Association. We also have sponsored conventions and events held by organizations including the National Women’s Law Center and the LGBT Bar Association.
THROUGH OUR ADVOCACY
HSG contributes considerable time, talent, and financial resources to causes that align with our commitment to diversity and inclusion. For example, for our fifth anniversary, HSG became a corporate partner of and made a major financial commitment to Her Justice, a non-profit that provides free legal services to women and families in New York City. Through that partnership, HSG lawyers have represented clients in matters ranging from divorces to an application for a U-Visa. HSG is also an inaugural law firm partner in the ACLU of Louisiana’s Justice Lab initiative, combating systemic racism in policing through legal challenges to racially-motivated stops and seizures.
HSG lawyers also have litigated a series of groundbreaking workplace discrimination cases on behalf of Frontier Airlines’ pilots and flight attendants who asserted claims of discrimination based on Frontier’s failure to provide accommodations related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. HSG also secured the first injunction against the Trump administration’s revised “travel ban,” which prohibited entry to the U.S. by visitors from certain Muslim-majority countries. For more on our pro bono activities, please visit our Pro Bono page.