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Advancement and Retention

Expressing a culture of inclusion.

Our firm values, prioritizes and promotes inclusion. Husch Blackwell cultivates environments in which all individuals and groups feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued. We believe that this is essential to the quality of our client service, the personal and professional satisfaction of our lawyers and staff, and our relationships within the communities we serve.  

In addition to the women’s initiative and our pipeline, recruiting and sponsorship efforts, we’ve taken a number of steps to ensure inclusion happens in practice and not just in theory. Some of these strategies include:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Education: The firm offers various training opportunities on diversity and inclusion topics, including unconscious bias and cultural competency, and all attorneys and staff are required to take part. 
  • Professional and Client Development Programs: The firm regularly sponsors participation of diverse attorneys in a number of external business development and leadership workshops, such as the Chart Your Own Course conference, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association annual meeting, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity programming and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color conference.
  • Compensation Audit: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee commissioned two studies to determine if there was any inappropriate disparity in pay within different attorney groups at Husch Blackwell. In both cases, the detailed studies, conducted by an independent third party, concluded there was “no statistical evidence of adverse impact” regarding compensation.
  • Firm-wide Diversity Retreat: Our inaugural firm-wide retreat for Attorneys of Color and LGBTQ Attorneys was held in October 2019. The event included professional development, client development and personal development workshops. Additionally, the retreat offered the opportunity to network and to build community and belonging, which are key elements of successful retention efforts.
  • Diversity Champion Award: The award, launched in 2019, recognizes and incentivizes firm leadership’s roll in driving D&I. Bi-annually, a firm attorney is recognized for significant contributions to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion within Husch Blackwell. The award has generated conversations around leadership’s involvement in D&I efforts, with attorneys increasingly interested in how to help drive inclusion.
  • Inclusion Index: Launched in 2019, the index is designed to assist in driving a more diverse and inclusive culture at Husch Blackwell. The index quantifies the integration of women, attorneys of color and LGBTQ attorneys on matters and is reported to attorneys managing those accounts to assist them with assessing their utilization of diverse attorneys on their matters and in comparison with the firm’s percentage of diverse attorneys. 

We’re proud to have been independently recognized for our D&I efforts. Husch Blackwell has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI) every year since 2016. The CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related workplace policies and practices such as non-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.

Husch Blackwell has also been designated as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, one of only 686 businesses nationwide to earn the designation in 2020. In addition, we’ve been named three times as one of the “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine in recognition of firm policies and initiatives that promote leadership and work-life balance for women attorneys, and Women Inc. magazine listed us among the nation’s “Top 100 Firms for Women” for 2019.

Husch Blackwell has also achieved the Mansfield Certification Plus designation, a program operated by Diversity Lab, an entity that verifies law firm hiring practices across the U.S. To receive Mansfield Certification, law firms must consider at least 30% women, attorneys of color or LGBTQ attorneys for 70% or more of the firm’s leadership positions. The “Plus” designation acknowledges that the firm has reached a 30% threshold of underrepresented groups in leadership roles.
 

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