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Education and Awareness

Faegre Baker Daniels sponsors a variety of education and awareness events throughout the year to which all lawyers, consultants and professional staff are invited - including annual MLK events and LGBT Pride programming. Several of our offices also participate in CLE programs including the popular, "Law, Literature & Bias," during which our professionals engage in a facilitated dialogue around short stories that delve into the timeless themes of belong, race relations, difficult choices, political conflict, gender differences and the search for meaning. 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Events

Each year, Faegre Baker Daniels dedicates the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a special time to celebrate and focus on the civil rights movement, equality, and diversity and inclusion.

In 2017, we heard from Bob Zellner, organizer of the 1961 Freedom Rides and a prominent civil rights activist. Zellner was one of the most influential white southerners during the 1960s civil rights movement and is the author of The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement. Zellner shared untold stories of the civil rights movement and examined the role that voting rights played in the movement through the Freedom Rides. 

Previous events have included:

  • 2016: Doris L. Pryor, the National Security Unit Chief for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana, shared a powerful message on the new and heightened relevance of Dr. King's vision against a backdrop of 21st century realities. 
  • 2015: Michele Norris, an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the first African-American female host for NPR, discussed her family's racial legacy, how America talked about race in the wake of President Obama’s election, and "The Race Card Project.”
  • 2014: Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, shared her story of integrating then-segregated Central High School in 1957 and spoke about the importance of equal education.
  • 2013: The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. shared memories of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership, reinforced the ideals Dr. King advocated and encouraged us to become involved in the cause of equality. A montage of our 2013 MLK week videos and Rev. Jackson's interview is below.

LGBT Pride Celebrations

In recognition of Pride Month, Faegre Baker Daniels and FaegreBD Consulting personnel gather across offices for our annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Celebration each June. 

In 2016, Keith Boykin, New York Times best-selling author and media commentator, discussed how working toward a common goal creates effective diversity strategies and ultimately stronger institutions. Keith previously served as the highest ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House and was a leader in the faculty diversity movement at Harvard Law School along with then-classmate Barack Obama.

Previous events have included:

  • 2015: We heard the story of Bayard Rustin, a disciple of Gandhi, mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom through documentary clips and live commentary from the director and Rustin’s partner. 
  • 2014: Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady addressed the importance of judicial independence, referencing  voters’ ousting of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who participated in the unanimous Varnum v. Brien decision legalizing marriage for same-sex couples under Iowa’s constitution. 
  • 2013: Four FaegreBD attorneys gave an overview of the 2013 Supreme Court decisions related to DOMA and Proposition 8 and a history of the marriage equality movement.

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