For us, inclusion and diversity includes race, religion, national origin, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical ability, interests and talents. We recognize that creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion is more than policy statements and written goals. It requires on-going initiatives to recruit, support and retain diverse attorneys and staff. We are committed to remaining ever vigilant on this issue.
The firm’s AT Inclusion committee measures its success by benchmarking our demographics with those of other firms nationwide and within the communities where we have offices. Leading Armstrong Teasdale’s efforts in this area is partner Jovita Foster. The AT Inclusion committee often collaborates with the firm’s Professional Advancement of Women
program on behalf of women and diverse lawyers.
Our progress in building an inclusive and diverse work environment has resulted in a number of recognitions including the following:
In 2017, for the second year in a row, the firm received the highest possible score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality. The survey is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, an arm of the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the United States.
Client Ameren awarded Armstrong Teasdale with its 2016 Best in Class Diversity and Inclusion award. By selecting the firm, Ameren said it was recognizing AT for "outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts, including the services that you provide to Ameren, the work within your own firm and your contributions to the community at large."
In 2016, the firm began offering a 1L Diversity Fellowship, similar to a summer associate program, yet designed to recruit, retain and advance attorneys who will be active leaders and champions for diversity in the firm and the legal profession.
Armstrong Teasdale created the Michael C. Tramble Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2004. Michael, a promising young African American associate, tragically lost his life in 1998, and even those who never knew him are passionate about keeping his memory alive. Demonstrating inclusion and teamwork, attorneys and staff pull together every year to fund a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, the University of Missouri School of Law. We want to celebrate Michael’s life, the importance of diversity at our firm and assure other minorities have a chance to succeed in the legal profession. An article on the front page of the Feb. 1, 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured the firm's work to raise money for the scholarship.
Armstrong Teasdale partnered with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) St. Louis in 2016 as a sponsor of their Diversity Internship Program kick-off event. In 2015, the firm served as the sole law firm partner for the program. This marked the first time AT had been chosen for this coveted role in the 10-week program that is held each spring. The goal of the ACC program is to give 1L students in-house legal experience at St. Louis area corporations during their first summer. Program coordinators select interns from the law schools at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis University and Washington University. They are then matched with sponsoring companies and organizations.
Armstrong Teasdale received the 2013 Legal Employer Diversity Recognition Award from Washington University’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA). The award honors a legal employer for making tremendous efforts towards achieving diversity in the workplace. BLSA members chose Armstrong Teasdale because of its ongoing initiatives to recruit, support and retain diverse attorneys and staff. The firm was also cited for its active participation in and sponsorship of community organizations and affinity bar associations.
At Armstrong Teasdale, we believe that good corporate citizenship includes supporting supplier diversity efforts to create sustainable economic development in the communities where we live and work. We actively seek to establish business relationships with minority-owned, women-owned and LGBT-owned businesses. We want to make sure qualified, inclusive suppliers are encouraged and given the opportunity to do business with us.
We are firmly committed to promoting inclusivity within the legal profession and are actively involved with various diversity-related community and civic organizations and programs on a local, regional and national level. Our affiliations include:
to read our 2016-2017 Diversity Report.
For additional information, please contact Jovita Foster.