Diversity & Inclusion

Valuing our differences

Overview

At Faegre Baker Daniels, we are innovating to achieve a culture of inclusion — because it benefits our clients, our firm, our personnel and our world. With professionals as diverse as our clients and communities, we bring together perspectives that span all dimensions of diversity and address underrepresentation in the legal profession. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is embedded throughout the life and policies of our firm, with guidance from our Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group and full-time, professional diversity staff.

Committed to an Inclusive Workplace

A culture of inclusion starts at the top. Our firm leadership represents broad backgrounds and viewpoints. We intentionally build an environment where all are welcome, valued, and provided with opportunities to develop and advance.

Our rich community of cross-office affinity resource groups brings together professionals with common dimensions of diversity, and their allies, to build relationships, discuss issues and solutions, and create business opportunities for the firm and one another. These groups include:
  • Diverse Lawyers Resource Group
  • LGBT Resource Group
  • Women’s Forum for Achievement

Firmwide internal education programs raise awareness on practical ways to be inclusive. 

Holding Ourselves Accountable

We hold ourselves accountable for progress through benchmarking surveys by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and Working Mother, the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, Vault/Minority Corporate Counsel Association Law Firm Diversity Survey and information requests from clients.

To encourage diversity in our leadership, we are piloting the Mansfield Rule — a commitment that women and attorneys of color represent at least 30 percent of candidate pools for leadership and governance roles. For client relationship managers, our Practice Management Profiles provide accountability on delegation and client teams.

WILEF Certified 2017 Best Places to Work LGBTQ Equality 2018

Collaborating to Make an Impact

We can’t go it alone if we want to move the needle. We participate in innovative programs, like the Women in Law Hackathon, to find untapped options for increasing diversity in the legal profession. And we partner with clients, professional associations and community organizations to lengthen our reach and magnify our impact.

Diversifying the legal profession begins long before law school. Through pipeline programs and training, we plant seeds to develop the next generation of diverse lawyers. We invest in efforts to:
  • Expose high school students to legal careers
  • Offer career fairs
  • Deliver substantive legal training to students from underrepresented groups
  • Connect diverse high school students to lawyers and mentors in their communities
  • Provide valuable summer associate positions for diverse law students
Diversity Lab

Insights & Events

Insights

Media Mentions May 2017

Victoria Calhoon Discussed a Study of Women's Leadership in Mass Torts with the American Bar Association

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Media Mentions December 2016

Brita Horvath Discusses FaegreBD Commitment to LGBT Initiatives with The Indiana Lawyer

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Published Articles October 2016

Write Your Own Ticket: Using Self-Evaluations to Propel Growth and Development

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Media Mentions October 2016

Jamie Drewry Discusses Flexibility and How It Has Affected Her Career With The Diversity and Flexibility Alliance

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Media Mentions August 2015

Amie Peele Carter Comments to Perspectives on Benefits of Flextime

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Published Articles August 2015

Diversifying Your Portfolio of Mentoring Relationships

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Events

Event Recap

Speaking Engagement Recap June 28, 2017

The Right Thing to Do, The Right Time to Do It: Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

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Event Recap January 26, 2017

Faegre Baker Daniels 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Event

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Event Recap November 14, 2016

Executive Leadership Workshop - Des Moines - Des Moines

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Speaking Engagement Recap November 03, 2016

Women in our Field: Does the Glass Ceiling Still Exist?

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Event Recap November 03, 2016

Executive Leadership Workshop - Minneapolis - Minneapolis

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November 03, 2016

Executive Leadership Workshop - Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne

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News

News

Press Release August 2018

Working Mother Honors Faegre Baker Daniels as one of the "Best Law Firms for Women"

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Press Release July 2018

FaegreBD Recognized as a Top Law Firm for Women

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Press Release June 2018

Law360 Names FaegreBD One of the Best Law Firms for Women in 2018 Glass Ceiling Report

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Press Release May 2018

FaegreBD Names Chris Dolan and Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair to LCLD Programs

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Press Release November 2017

Faegre Baker Daniels Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index

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Press Release July 2017

Faegre Baker Daniels Named to Nation's 50 Best Law Firms for Women

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Press Release July 2017

FaegreBD Named One of the Best Law Firms for Women in Law360's 2017 Glass Ceiling Report

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Press Release June 2017

Faegre Baker Daniels Named a Top Law Firm for Women

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Press Release June 2017

FaegreBD Pilots NFL-Style "Mansfield Rule" to Boost Diversity in Leadership Ranks

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Press Release March 2017

Samina Kapadia and Joel Sayres appointed to Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Programs

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Press Release February 2017

FaegreBD Celebrates $25M Grant for Center for New Americans

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Press Release December 2016

Faegre Baker Daniels Earns Top Marks for Corporate Equality

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Press Release October 2016

Sylvia St. Clair Receives Award for Outstanding Pitch from The Chicago Committee

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Press Release October 2016

LCLD Recognizes FaegreBD for Contributions to a More Inclusive Legal Profession

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Press Release July 2016

Faegre Baker Daniels Named to 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers

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Press Release July 2016

Faegre Baker Daniels Named a Top Law Firm for Women

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Press Release July 2016

Faegre Baker Daniels Opens Applications for Diversity & Inclusion Fellowships

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Press Release July 2016

Diane Davies, Olivia Lucas and Linda Rockwood Named Top Women in Energy by Denver Business Journal

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Press Release March 2016

Faegre Baker Daniels Names Stacie Gonsalves Linguist as Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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Press Release November 2015

Finance & Commerce Names Nicole Leimer a Top Woman in Finance

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Press Release November 2015

Faegre Baker Daniels Earns Top Marks for Corporate Equality

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Press Release July 2015

Faegre Baker Daniels Named to 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers

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Press Release July 2015

Chris Dolan Recognized as an Outstanding Diverse Business Leader

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Press Release July 2015

Denver Business Journal Names Diane Davies and Olivia Lucas Top Women in Energy

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Press Release July 2015

Faegre Baker Daniels Opens Applications for Diversity & Inclusion Fellowships

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Press Release July 2015

Edmond Ahadome and Jamal Knight Named to The National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40

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Press Release July 2015

Two FaegreBD Attorneys Named Among Nation's Top 250 Women Litigators

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Press Release June 2015

Faegre Baker Daniels Named a Top Law Firm for Women

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Press Release May 2015

Faegre Baker Daniels Awards $10,000 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowships

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Press Release April 2015

Law360 Ranks FaegreBD Among Top Firms for Female Attorneys

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Press Release February 2015

Miko Hernandez Selected by Faegre Baker Daniels as 2015 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

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Press Release January 2015

Faegre Baker Daniels Recognized for Supporting Diversity & Inclusion in Des Moines

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Press Release November 2014

Human Rights Campaign Awards Faegre Baker Daniels Perfect Score for LGBT Workplace Equality

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Press Release November 2014

Indianapolis Business Journal Recognizes Kathy Osborn as an Influential Indiana Woman

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Press Release August 2014

National Association of Women Lawyers Adds Peggy Steif Abram to Board

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Press Release August 2014

FaegreBD Named to "50 Best Law Firms for Women," Honoring Best Practices for Retaining, Promoting Women Lawyers

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Press Release July 2014

Faegre Baker Daniels Accepting Applications for Diversity Fellowship Program

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Press Release July 2014

Haroon Anwar and Emily Chow Honored as Exceptional Young Minority Attorneys

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Press Release March 2014

Faegre Baker Daniels Attorneys Selected for Women in Law Awards

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Press Release December 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Recognized by Human Rights Campaign for Inclusivity

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Press Release November 2013

Three Law Students Receive Faegre Baker Daniels' 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Fellowships

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Press Release August 2013

Miko Hernandez of FaegreBD Named to Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40

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Press Release August 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels' Commitment to Diversity Recognized by Marion County Bar Association

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Press Release August 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Named Among Top Firms Nationally for Women Lawyers

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Press Release July 2013

Lica Tomizuka of Faegre Baker Daniels Receives Diversity in Business Award

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Press Release July 2013

Applications Open for Faegre Baker Daniels' Diversity Fellowship Program

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Press Release June 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Receives Human Rights Award for Pro Bono Work

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Press Release May 2013

Peggy Steif Abram of Faegre Baker Daniels Named to Women in Business

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Press Release May 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Honored for Leadership in Advancing Women Lawyers

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Press Release February 2013

Lica Tomizuka Named a 2013 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow

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Press Release December 2012

Faegre Baker Daniels to Host Inaugural Leadership Academy for First-Year Law Students

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Press Release November 2012

Faegre Baker Daniels Named Among 50 Best Law Firms for Women

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Press Release July 2012

Faegre Baker Daniels Launches Diversity Fellowship Program for Law Students

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Press Release July 2012

Mike Ponto of Faegre Baker Daniels Receives Diversity in Business Award

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Press Release June 2012

Faegre Baker Daniels Recognized as a Top Law Firm for Women

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Press Release March 2012

Pro Bono Team Announces Resolution of Anoka-Hennepin School District Harassment Lawsuits

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Press Release December 2011

Faegre & Benson Receives Highest Ranking from Human Rights Campaign in the 2012 Corporate Equality Index

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Press Release December 2011

Miller, Thiemann Receive Baker & Daniels' 2012 Diversity Scholarships

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Press Release December 2011

Faegre & Benson Accepting Applications for 2012 Diversity Scholarship Program

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Press Release September 2011

Faegre & Benson LLP Named as 2011 Best Law Firm for Women by NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers

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Press Release June 2011

Faegre & Benson Recognized for Empowering Women

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Press Release May 2011

Faegre & Benson Ranked as a Top 10 Law Firm for Women

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Press Release April 2011

Faegre & Benson Honored by the Center for Legal Inclusiveness With Inclusiveness Award

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Press Release November 2010

Baker & Daniels' Diversity Scholarships to Saulo Delgado, Christopher Kimbrough

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Press Release October 2010

HRC Ranks Faegre & Benson Among Top Companies for GLBT Employees

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Press Release October 2010

Rabb Emison Award for Diversity/Equality Presented to Baker & Daniels

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Press Release October 2010

Baker & Daniels Achieves Top Rating in CEI for Third Straight Year

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Press Release December 2009

Hopkins-Gillispie & Gentry Receive Baker & Daniels' 2010 Diversity Scholarships

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Press Release September 2009

Baker & Daniels Retains 100 Percent Rating in Corporate Equality Index

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Press Release December 2008

Faegre & Benson to Host TCDP Executive Director Valerie Jensen

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Press Release November 2008

Badawi, Crowl Receive Baker & Daniels Diversity Scholarships

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Press Release October 2008

Baker & Daniels Receives Diversity in Practice Award From Indiana Lawyer

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Press Release September 2008

Baker & Daniels Earns Top Ranking in Corporate Equality Index

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Press Release May 2008

Baker & Daniels in Top 100 for Diversity and Women

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Press Release January 2008

Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Award Given to Baker & Daniels

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Press Release November 2007

Baker & Daniels Awards $10,000 Diversity Scholarships

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Press Release October 2007

Faegre & Benson Named a Top 10 Family-Friendly Firm

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Press Release September 2007

Faegre & Benson Earns Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index

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Press Release August 2007

Baker & Daniels Hires Diversity and Pro Bono Coordinator

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Press Release August 2007

Baker & Daniels Among "Best Law Firms for Women"

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Press Release August 2007

Faegre & Benson Ranks Second Nationwide for Highest Percentage of Women Equity Partners

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Press Release June 2007

Charles Ferrell Receives HCBA Diversity Award

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Press Release May 2007

Baker & Daniels Receives Company of the Year Award From Women in Construction Association

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Press Release April 2007

$10,000 Diversity Scholarships

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Press Release March 2007

Baker & Daniels Launches Diversity Law Scholarships

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Press Release September 2006

Harvard Report Ranks Baker & Daniels Third in Nation in Providing Opportunities to Women

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