Stinson's Commitment to a Diverse, Inclusive Legal Profession Continues into 2022
Stinson LLP has been named a 2022 Top Performer and Compass Award winner by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a recognition for law firms and corporations showing a strong commitment to building more diverse organizations and a more inclusive legal profession. Stinson is one of 89 law firms to receive both recognitions this year.
The Top Performer award recognizes those organizations in the top 20% for participation in LCLD programs and activities. The Compass Award recognizes individuals and organizations who have involvement in programs facilitated by LCLD in a single calendar year, including the LCLD Annual Membership Meeting, the Leadership Summit, the Fellows and Pathfinder Programs, and the Pipeline Program.
"LCLD has been an excellent resource for our diverse attorneys and for those of us who are leading law firms and corporate legal departments. We share a core value with LCLD of being committed to advancing greater equity and inclusion within our institutions and the legal profession at large," Murdock said. "This recognition is an honor, and it builds upon Stinson's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion internally, to our clients, our communities and across our geographical footprint."
LCLD is one of the nation's leading organizations promoting diversity and consists of more than 430 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse legal profession. The organization was founded to build a legal profession that looks like the nation it serves.
Stinson's Diversity and Inclusion Department is led by Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Ann Jenrette-Thomas in collaboration with Diversity Committee Co-Chairs Pat Konopka and Shane Swanson. In addition to Jenrette-Thomas, the Diversity and Inclusion Department is staffed with a Director Sharon Ivy, and a Coordinator, Rudy Gresham. Diversity, equity and inclusion is one of the firm's core values, and with the support of firm leadership, the board of directors and the diversity committee, sustaining the firm's legacy of promoting key tenets of diversity and inclusion, and increasing a culture that values all backgrounds and perspectives is incorporated into Stinson's strategic initiatives and planning.