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HB Communities for Change

Creating meaningful change. Together.

HB Communities for Change is the firm’s effort to harness the energy throughout its offices nationally to make positive change with respect to racial justice.

Through HB Communities for Change, we actively pursue opportunities to contribute our resources and talents to promote equity, inclusion and justice – continuing and expanding on our pro bono commitments, exploring new relationships with organizations that are on the front lines, partnering with our clients and community members, and financially supporting initiatives that seek to end racial inequality in America.

In the initiative’s inaugural year, Husch Blackwell partnered with local organizations to address food insecurity; joined the 275-strong Law Firm Antiracism Alliance; began a DE&I speaker series; and expanded our pro bono commitments by assisting eligible low-revenue, but high-potential minority-owned businesses and nonprofits in the cities where we have offices.

Husch Blackwell is grateful for our symbiotic relationships with minority-owned businesses – the drivers and catalysts for change – and that our legal knowledge is able to move these entrepreneurs and their communities from where they are to where they want to be. The “ripple effect” of these companies’ efforts can be an optimal way for Husch Blackwell to amplify our legal contributions to a community.

Qualifications:

  • As part of Communities for Change, we represent, on a pro bono basis, low-revenue, minority-owned businesses that are unable to afford legal services.  Minority entrepreneurs with viable, revenue-generating companies looking to expand and employ should apply.
  • We are only accepting applications from minority-owned business or minority entrepreneurs seeking legal assistance related to their business through this program. 
  • Other legal service requests, such as wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, civil disputes or criminal defense, among others, will not be considered through this program.
  • Completing the application does not create an attorney-client relationship. It is merely an application. Submitting this application does not restrict you from hiring another attorney or declining our services (if offered).

What we offer assistance with:

  • Business Formation
  • Contracts
  • Employment Advice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Minority Business Certifications

Are you a Small, Minority-Owned Business or Minority Entrepreneur Seeking Pro Bono Legal Assistance?

Please closely monitor your email for our decision. If you are selected, you will receive a link to complete the second step.

Contact our team, if you have questions or need technical assistance.

Using our resources and talents to assist minority-owned businesses (statistics as of January 2022).
232
minority business legal consultations
30
training sessions conducted
196
HB employees helping in this effort
Testimonials Maurice Watson, Of Counsel and former Husch Blackwell Chairman

"Many well-meaning white men and women, distraught over police abuse of blacks, have asked me, as a black man: “What can I do?” My response is: “Do more than ‘feel bad.’” What is now required is action — intentional, thoughtful and disciplined action." Maurice kicks off the inaugural session of our DE&I Speaker Series.  

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Testimonials Tricia "TJ" Jackson, Senior Associate, Austin

"The DE&I culture at Husch Blackwell means acknowledging the unique and inherent challenges that diverse attorneys and employees face, and then taking intentional steps, not only to mitigate those challenges as they apply in the workplace, but also closing the gap in representation by advancing diverse individuals into the highest levels of leadership."

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Testimonials Jeff Simon, Office Managing Partner, Kansas City

"There is so much more work to do on the DE&I front. And one of the most important things we can do right now is to open our hearts, minds and ears to the people and the voices in the street. To hear the voices of those who can’t breathe, those whose breath the business community can help to restore if we act with empathy, humility, compassion and resolve." Jeff worked with Nina Perales, a guest in our second DE&I Speaker Series program.

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Testimonials Catarina Colón, Associate, Milwaukee

"The responsibility of ensuring that Husch Blackwell is a diverse and inclusive workplace falls on all of us, not just our colleagues of color and firm leadership. Learning about DE&I is a continuous process, consisting of both education and action. While HB Communities of Change is a great place to start, I encourage all HB attorneys and staff to continue to do your research, recognize your privilege, fight racial injustice, and become better allies for your friends and colleagues." 

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Testimonials Franco Spraggins, General Counsel, EVERSANA

“I continue to be astonished by how many of my non-diverse colleagues are unaware about the history of racial injustice. Don’t be afraid to educate. Awareness is at the genesis of any movement because empathy is a catalyst for activism, and activism is the elixir for change.” Franco joins us for the third installment of our DE&I Speakers Series.

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Testimonials Angela Harden, Senior Associate, Milwaukee

"DE&I is about more than acknowledging the differences between colleagues at Husch Blackwell. It is about celebrating those differences, seeing what makes them special, and making the affirmative choice to learn about someone that may not look, love or believe like you. This is what makes our Husch Blackwell family unique." 

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Testimonials Ernie Anderson, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Anderson Parking

"HB helped us expand our business into a new state, which added seven new jobs and sealed a contract with an international company. We are very satisfied with the review of our contract and the IP work they did for us. We are thrilled with the teamwork and the impact on our growing company."

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Testimonials Jarell Wall, Co-Founder & CEO, Gentleman Quinns

"My company is in the cannabis space where it is sink or swim for minority entrepreneurs. And finding good, affordable legal support has been very difficult for me. HB is walking me through a comprehensive review of my corporate structure and helping position us best to raise money. The program has been great for us."

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Testimonials Dr. Masuma Reed, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Founder, Mindful Life Counseling

“The lawyers at HB came in and helped us at a very scary time. Our business was threatened with a lawsuit. But their counsel helped us through that. Now, they are assisting us again with answers to employment and hiring questions. And its just in time, too, because we are growing with new hires!”

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News Release

Husch Blackwell launches new community-focused program on racial justice.

Learn about our new DE&I initiatives
Webinar | February 24, 2022
DE&I Speaker Series: HB and U-Haul Speak
Webinar | January 26, 2022
DE&I Speaker Series: I am HB
Webinar | March 31, 2021
DE&I Speaker Series: HEARING HERstory

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