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Women's Initiative

Enriching women's experience.

The Women’s Initiative recognizes the vital role women play in the legal field specifically and the business space in general, as well as challenges they face in work-life management. We offer professional development opportunities and events designed to increase leadership roles for female attorneys and law students.

True North is a program of this initiative where women throughout the firm are encouraged to host local programs to advance the firm’s female attorneys and clients through professional growth and networking. This collaboration fosters relationships that benefit attorneys at all experience levels.

In addition, one of our most promising programs is our Sponsorship Initiative for promising female and minority attorneys at the senior associate or junior partner level. The initiative matches each participant (“protégé”) with a formal “sponsor”— a senior attorney who has an organic working relationship with the protégé and has committed to helping the protégé advance.

Husch Blackwell has been independently recognized for our dedication to the advancement of our female attorneys. We have 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.

We’ve also achieved the Mansfield Certification Plus designation for the third consecutive year, 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.

As a certified firm, Husch Blackwell completed a rigorous 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab including built-in measurement, transparency and accountability. Through our participation, we demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and are making meaningful progress on diversifying law firm leadership.

Committed to a culture of respect.
of the firm's associates are women.
Best Law Firms for Women,
Working Mother
of the 2022 partner class are women