InterLaw Diversity Forum

The award-winning InterLaw Diversity Forum was established in 2008 by founder & chair Daniel Winterfeldt, originally as an inter-organisational forum for all LGBT+ personnel in the legal sector (for both lawyers, including private practice and in-house counsel, as well as non-lawyers).

Since its founding the InterLaw Diversity Forum has expanded its scope beyond LGBT+ to encompass all strands of diversity and inclusion (including Race & Ethnicity, Disability, Gender, and social mobility), with a particular focus on cultural change in the workplace and ‘multiple identities’/intersectionality.

Since the launch of the InterLaw Diversity Forum, the legal sector’s performance in Stonewall’s Work Equality Index (WEI) has dramatically improved:

• In 2007 there were no law firms represented in the Top 100 Employers, and the legal sector ranked second from the bottom
• In 2017 there were 17 law firms recognized in the Top 100 Employers, and the legal sector was the top-ranking sector overall.

Stonewall has stated: “A major part of the movement forward for the [legal] sector has been the InterLaw Diversity Forum. It helped provide a sector-specific focus.” This success has encouraged the InterLaw Diversity Forum to expand its offering.

The InterLaw Diversity Forum currently has more than 6,500 members and supporters from over 300 law firms and chambers, and over 500 corporates and financial institutions.

The InterLaw Diversity Forum is run by:

Daniel Winterfeldt, Founder and Chair, InterLaw Diversity Forum
Partner, US Securities & Global Capital Markets, Reed Smith
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, CMS

Usha Puri-Dewage, Head of Strategy, Leadership, and Learning Development, InterLaw Diversity Forum; Manager of Professional Development, Cooley LLP

Jonathan Leonhart, Head of Operations, InterLaw Diversity Forum