Malachi Jones is the firm’s inaugural Chief Diversity Partner at Williams & Connolly LLP.
Malachi chairs the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and devotes all of his time as a partner to leading the firm’s efforts to further increase diversity and inclusion through recruiting, retention, and professional advancement. Malachi has spent almost his entire career actively recruiting and mentoring diverse attorneys. In his current role, he provides strategic leadership and vision to furthering the firm’s core values of diversity and inclusion. He focuses much of his effort on firm initiatives such as
outreach to diverse student groups at law schools, the firm’s diverse associate sponsorship program, junior partner client development initiatives, support of non-profit organizations that promote the advancement of diverse attorneys, the firm’s diversity speaker series, and firm hosted panel discussions focused on the advancement of women and diverse attorneys.
In addition to providing high level leadership to advance the firm’s diversity and inclusion, Malachi also works directly with diverse attorneys to ensure their individual development, advancement, and career satisfaction. At the same time, Malachi works with individual partners, associates, and firm management to help promote an inclusive environment for all. Malachi also works closely with clients and case managers to ensure that client diversity and inclusion goals are supported.
Most law firms and corporate legal departments have had diversity-related initiatives for years, but these efforts have failed to develop and retain significant numbers of diverse attorneys. The pandemic and economic downturn threaten to derail the m...