For us, 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 diversity 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 Diversity committee measures its success by benchmarking our demographics with that 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 Diversity committee often collaborates with the firm’s Professional Advancement of Women program on behalf of women and diverse lawyers.
Our progress in building a diverse and inclusive work environment has resulted in a number of recognitions including the following:
The firm received the highest possible score on the 2016 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.
An article on the Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured the firm’s work to raise money for the Michael Tramble Scholarship. 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 law school scholarship in his name. We want to celebrate the importance of diversity at our firm, Michael’s life and assure other minorities have a chance to succeed in the legal profession.
The Association of Corporate Counsel St. Louis invited AT to serve as the sole law firm partner for its 2015 Diversity Internship 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 on-going 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, diverse suppliers are encouraged and given the opportunity to do business with us.
We are firmly committed to promoting diversity 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: