Why It Matters
Diversity is at the very heart of our ability to serve our clients well. A diverse team, with a variety of insights, talents and experiences, provides the fullest range of perspectives and solutions to client matters. We believe that a culture of inclusivity and openness enhances our commitment to serve our clients, profession and community by building a workforce of people with varied backgrounds where individual differences are appreciated.
At Husch Blackwell, we reinforce diversity through a variety of actions and initiatives:
- For the second year in a row, Husch Blackwell received a perfect score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation on its 2018 Corporate Equality Index, earning the distinction of being among the "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality."
- Working Mother magazine named Husch Blackwell one of the 2017 “Best Law Firms for Women,” in recognition of firm policies and initiatives that promote leadership and work-life balance for women attorneys.
- Equality Illinois identified Husch Blackwell as one of the top Illinois law firms for LGBTQ diversity and inclusive practices in its 2017 "Raising the Bar" report.
- 30% elected to partnership in 2018 were women and 23.5% were attorneys of color.
- Fifty percent of our associates are women.
- We led a new LGBTQ+ scholarship program launched by the Cream City Foundation that disbursed $43,500 in scholarship funds to 31 students in the Milwaukee area.
- Our Austin office moved to first place from second on the annual Austin Law Firm Diversity Report Card, earning a top grade of “A” for the fifth year in a row.
- Women lead our Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group; our Austin and Madison offices; and hold key administrative leadership roles, including chief client officer and chief diversity, inclusion and professional development officer.
- Our chairman and firm are active members of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm leaders who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse profession.
- Since 2004, we have actively continued to develop True North, the firm’s own professional enrichment program for female attorneys and clients.
- Our lawyers and staff have played key leadership roles for the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City, Mo., and the St. Louis Diversity Job Fair.
- Under the firm’s alternative work schedule policy, we encourage attorneys to request part-time or flex-time work schedules rather than leave the firm or the practice of law.
- The firm’s partner evaluation and commitment plans ask for specific actions that each partner has taken to foster our diversity enhancement efforts.
- We are signatories to the diversity commitments and action plans of local bar associations, including the Kansas City Bar Association’s Diversity Action Plan and the Omaha (Neb.) Diversity Commitment.