Diversity & Inclusion
At R&E, individuality is both highly valued and highly celebrated. Our senior legal management includes gender, ethnic and LGBTQ diversity, and women, persons of color (POC) and members of the LGBTQ community are represented in management of a number of critical areas of Firm services. R&E is focused on enhancing and maintaining an inclusive and diverse firmwide culture that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits workplace discrimination. We support a culture of inclusion for people of all types, no matter their ethnicity, culture, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, marital status, and veteran status, as well as people of diverse opinions, perspectives, and lifestyles. We are committed to promoting fairness and equality of opportunity within the legal and real estate communities and have been a proud supporter of the LeGal Association (LGBTQ Bar Association of NY) for many years.
R&E encourages an active internal dialogue supporting open communication. Following the tragic killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, and the ensuing nationwide protests against racism during the summer of 2020, R&E swiftly responded by organizing a well-attended and highly successful open forum for our employees to voice concerns and for our POC to both educate and inform the Firm’s leadership as to the best practices for firmwide inclusion. The Firm also instituted the official closing of our offices in recognition of Juneteenth. In July of 2021, R&E held its second annual Diversity & Inclusion Program; topics for additional forums are regularly considered by Firm leadership which intends to institute periodic programs. In October of 2021, the Firm proudly attended and sponsored Commercial Observer’s Diversity & Inclusion Forum.
R&E is deeply saddened by the recent mass murder in Atlanta of six Asian women, and our concern for the safety and wellbeing of AAPIs (Asian American and Pacific Islanders) continues as we address the surge of racism and violence against Asians triggered by the coronavirus. We support the efforts of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and remain committed to denouncing all acts of hate.