Baker & Daniels has moved past the diversity dialogue and is taking active steps to meet its diversity initiatives, including awarding $10,000 diversity scholarships to second-year law students each year, establishing a joint summer program with clients Eli Lilly & Co. and Cummins Inc., and participating in the Hudson & Holland sponsorship program. The firm also hired a full-time diversity and pro bono coordinator in 2007 and has taken on a number of pro bono projects related to diversity initiatives.
"We are extremely pleased that Baker & Daniels has once again been recognized for its inclusive culture," diversity and inclusion committee co-chairs Joe Smith and Greg Utken said in a joint statement. "The variety and depth of our professional staff allows us to provide the best quality service to the wide range of clients we serve. Baker & Daniels professionals believe in the idea that diversity is a keystone to providing excellent service."
Utken and employment consultant Tony Pickell were both profiled in the most recent issue of MultiCultural Law. Utken was recognized for his emphasis on the importance of diversity as part of Baker & Daniels' culture. Pickell was spotlighted for his chairmanship of the firm's GLBT pro bono work group, which advocates on behalf of Indiana's GLBT community.
The recognition by MultiCultural Law magazine comes on the heels of Baker & Daniels' receipt of the seventh annual Indianapolis Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Award for Development, based on opportunities for diversity education and communication within an organization. Baker & Daniels become the first law firm to win the award in the program's history.
Founded in 1863, Baker & Daniels LLP is one of Indiana's largest law firms. With more than 370 lawyers and legal professionals, Baker & Daniels serves clients in regional, national and international transaction, regulatory and litigation matters from offices in Indiana, Washington, D.C. and China. For more information about Baker & Daniels, visit www.bakerdaniels.com.