Diversity & Inclusion

Valuing our differences

Overview

At Faegre Drinker, we promote a culture of diversity and inclusion. Through our commitment to progress and innovation on diversity and inclusion, Faegre Drinker is equipped to better understand the needs and objectives of our clients and communities. And by promoting the perspectives of professionals that span all dimensions of diversity, we create an inclusive workplace for our employees that helps address underrepresentation in the legal profession and fosters an environment of creativity, innovation and mutual respect. 

Committed to Inclusion

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected as a core value and embedded throughout the life and policies of our firm. We promote an environment where all perspectives are welcome and valued, and where each individual is provided with opportunities to develop and advance. A firm-wide advisory committee led by Chief Diversity Officer Maria Lewis and a full-time, professional diversity staff guide and implement our diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to:

  • Foster mutual professional and personal respect
  • Create an environment in which all individuals are valued  
  • Attract the best and brightest legal talent from all backgrounds
  • Promote education and awareness on topics of diversity and inclusion
  • Develop, retain and advance the careers of our diverse lawyers

Faegre Drinker’s 22 locations are connected through cross-office affinity groups that unite professionals across common dimensions of diversity to build relationships, increase visibility opportunities, attain formal and informal support networks and resources, and create business opportunities for the firm and one another while furthering the firm’s overall strategy.

Professional Development & Advancement

Joining our firm is just the beginning of building a career at Faegre Drinker, and we recognize that we must provide a stable, supportive environment to encourage our diverse lawyers to develop their legal skills and explore their professional interests.

We are invested personally in the success and growth of our lawyers. The firm invests in mentoring and sponsors relationships for diverse lawyers, including peer integration, in which a mentor is assigned during each new associate's first year at the firm. We track the projects of our diverse associates to ensure that they are given opportunities to work on our most significant matters and with key clients. And we provide a mentor program that pairs  associates with senior lawyers.

Organizations & Partnerships

We sponsor, organize and participate in a variety of major events addressing issues important to diverse communities, both in the legal profession and in the wider business communities that we serve. Faegre Drinker is proud to partner with the following national organizations: Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Diversity Lab, Hispanic National Bar Association, Lambda Legal, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, National Asian Pacific Bar Association, National Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association, and South Asian Bar Association.  The firm also partners with dozens of regional diversity organizations.

Building the Pipeline: Faegre Drinker believes that diversifying the legal profession begins long before law school. We work with organizations (including Cristo Rey High School in Chicago and Philadelphia, Lilly Legal on Street Law and Just the Beginning Foundation) to connect students to lawyers and mentors in their communities.

Diversity Lab

Recruitment & Hiring

We take a comprehensive approach to recruiting, retaining and advancing the careers of our diverse lawyers. Our efforts to recruit diverse lawyers — from recent law school graduates to experienced lawyers — spans the country and the world. And we know that if we want to move the needle, we can’t do it alone. We participate in innovative programs, like the Women in Law Hackathon, 1L Diversity programs, and other new efforts that identify untapped methods for increasing diversity in the legal profession. We also partner with clients, professional associations, and community organizations to deepen our reach and magnify our impact.

Holding Ourselves Accountable

We hold ourselves accountable for progress on building a diverse workforce and rely on national benchmarking surveys, such as the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women, the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, Vault/Minority Corporate Counsel Association Law Firm Diversity Survey and information requests from clients.

Faegre Drinker also is proud to be recognized by Diversity Lab as a Mansfield Certified Plus firm — one of the “trailblazing law firms” that demonstrated meaningful progress in creating diverse leadership teams and developing diverse pipelines to leadership. Modeled after the National Football League’s revolutionary Rooney Rule, the Mansfield Rule measures the diversity of consideration pools for leadership positions in law firms.  Faegre Drinker is one of only 50 firms nationwide to receive the “Plus” certification, not only for meeting the consideration pool requirements but also for successfully reaching at least 30% representation in a notable number of current leadership roles.

Diversity Lab identified 64 firms as “Mansfield 2.0 Certified,” for affirmatively considering at least 30% women, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior leadership positions.

Faegre Drinker continues to participate in Mansfield Rule 3.0, the next iteration of this initiative, which adds lawyers with disabilities as part of the diversity demographics measured.

Mansfield Rule Certified Plus 2018 WILEF_Seal_2019_US Working Mother | Best Law Firms for Women Best Places to Work LGBTQ Equality 2018

Insights & Events

见解

Media Mentions October 2020

Anne Ricchiuto Discusses Rise of Women in Leadership Positions at Law Firms With The Indiana Lawyer

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Media Mentions September 2020

Kiera Murphy Interviews Leading General Counsel for Profile on Diversity

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Updates September 2019

14 Ways to Discuss Diversity in Your Law Firm

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Media Mentions May 2019

Brita Horvath Shares FaegreBD's Commitment to Diversity with The Indiana Lawyer

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Media Mentions February 2019

Andy Kassner and Lynne Anderson Discuss Career Advancement for Women in a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Article

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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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Media Mentions July 2015

Amie Peele Carter Discusses Experience as Female Leader in the Legal Profession

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Media Mentions December 2014

Kathy Noecker Discusses FaegreBD's Perfect Score on LGBT Workplace Equality With American Lawyer

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Media Mentions June 2014

Heather Perkins in Denver Business Journal Q&A on Women in Firm Leadership

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Media Mentions August 2013

Working Mother Highlights FaegreBD's Pro Bono Work on Behalf of Women

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Published Articles May 2013

Looking Back...The Advocacy of Olive Rabe in Schwimmer v. United States

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Published Articles April 2013

Targets Miss Point of Diversity

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Media Mentions December 2012

Cathy Gryczan's Global Business Knowledge Featured in Women's Edition of Leading Lawyers

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Media Mentions December 2011

Diversity Scholarships Benefit Students, Attract Talent to Law Firms

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Media Mentions September 2011

Combs Explains the Importance of Flexibility to NAFE

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Media Mentions July 2011

Baker & Daniels Serving on Integrated Project Delivery Construction Team

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Media Mentions February 2009

Women Account for 50 percent of Baker & Daniels' New Partners

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Event Recap

Recorded Webinar November 10, 2020 CLE

Native Women’s Law School Experiences - Webinar

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Recorded Webinar October 22, 2020 CLE

Embracing and Empowering Our Diverse Talent: Lessons from the Outside - Webinar

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Recorded Webinar September 24, 2020 CLE

Hot Topics in Bankruptcy, Employment Law, and How the Conversation Around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Has Changed in 2020 - Webinar

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Recorded Webinar September 02, 2020

Racial Justice in the Workplace: Moving the Needle - Webinar

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Event Recap December 06, 2019

The Status of Women’s Professional and Career Development – Industry Reflections

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Event Recap October 17, 2019

Cheryl Orr and Lynne Anderson on Featured Panels at the Daily Journal’s 2019 Women Leadership in Law Forum

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Event Recap October 10, 2019

How to Have the Difficult Conversations to Advance a Diverse and Inclusive Work Environment

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Event Recap June 26, 2019

Diversity Inclusion & Health Equity Symposium

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Event

Drinker Biddle Presents a Tertulia with Marco A. Davis

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Event Recap May 21, 2019

Andrew Kassner Shares Insights, Successes at First-Ever Managing Partners Conference on Gender Parity

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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, IA

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Event Recap November 03, 2016

Executive Leadership Workshop - Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN

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November 03, 2016

Executive Leadership Workshop - Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne, IN

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Event Recap October 26, 2016

Executive Leadership Workshop - South Bend - South Bend, IN

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Speaking Engagement Recap June 14, 2016

Making It Big: Tips and Tools for a Successful Career in Big Law - Indianapolis, IN

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Event Recap January 15, 2016

Faegre Baker Daniels 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Event

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Event Recap December 02, 2015

Executive Leadership Workshop - Chicago - Chicago, IL

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Event Recap July 15, 2015

Executive Leadership Workshop - Colorado - Denver, CO

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Event Recap May 14, 2015

Executive Leadership Workshop - Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN

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Speaking Engagement Recap January 24, 2015

Minnesota Lavender Bar Association's 14th Annual Conference - St. Paul, MN

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Event Recap December 22, 2014

Faegre Baker Daniels 1L Leadership Academy - Minneapolis, MN

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Event Recap December 04, 2014

Women's Holiday Reception - Indianapolis 2014 - Indianapolis, IN

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Event Recap November 13, 2014

Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres and Holiday Shopping - Des Moines 2014 - Des Moines, IA

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Speaking Engagement Recap August 20, 2014

Diversifying Your Portfolio of Mentoring Relationships - Indianapolis, IN

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Event Recap July 28, 2014

Path to the Federal Bench - Minneapolis, MN

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Event Recap July 21, 2014

An Evening With Helen Wan - Minneapolis, MN

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Event Recap February 12, 2014

Generational Diversity in the Legal Profession - Minneapolis, MN

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News

News

News November 2020

LCLD Recognizes Faegre Drinker With 2020 “Top Performer” and “Compass Award” Recognitions for Commitment to the Advancement of Diversity in the Legal Profession

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News September 2020

Faegre Drinker Earns Mansfield 3.0 Certification Plus for Commitment to Diversity in Leadership

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News September 2020

Lica Tomizuka Selected as Minnesota Lawyer ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ Honoree

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News June 2020

Our Commitment to Effecting Positive Change

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Press Release February 2020

Faegre Drinker Earns Top Marks in 2020 Corporate Equality Index

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Press Release January 2020

Drinker Biddle Celebrates 25th MLK Day of Service, Volunteering Across the Country to Make a Meaningful Difference

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News November 13-15, 2019

Sandra Grannum Selected as one of ABA Litigation Section’s 100 Women Who Inspire Us

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News October 13, 2019

National Public Radio Highlights Mercedes Meyer’s Involvement in Development of IPO’s Gender Diversity in Innovation Toolkit

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Press Release September 2019

Faegre Baker Daniels Earns Mansfield 2.0 Certification Plus, Signs on to Mansfield 3.0

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Press Release July 2019

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

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Press Release June 2019

FaegreBD Among Top Ranked Law Firms for Women

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Press Release May 2019

Law360 Names FaegreBD One of the Best Law Firms for Women

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Press Release March 2019

Faegre Baker Daniels Earns Perfect Score in 2019 Corporate Equality Index

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Press Release November 2018

FaegreBD Receives LCLD's Compass Award for Contributions to Diversity in the Legal Profession

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Press Release August 2018

Faegre Baker Daniels Earns Mansfield Certification Plus for Diversity in Leadership

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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

Faegre Baker Daniels Opens Applications for Diversity & Inclusion Fellowships

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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 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

Haroon Anwar and Emily Chow Honored as Exceptional Young Minority Attorneys

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Press Release July 2014

Faegre Baker Daniels Accepting Applications for Diversity Fellowship Program

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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 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 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 November 2010

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

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Press Release December 2009

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

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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 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 August 2007

Baker & Daniels Hires Diversity and Pro Bono Coordinator

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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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