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.
Exposure to foreign cultures, legal systems and philosophies is another form of diversity we embrace. The attorney internship program in our International Law practice has included young lawyers from Argentina, Germany, China and India. The program has resulted in several lawyers electing to remain at the firm upon completion of their internships.
In 2013, Armstrong Teasdale received the 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. According to 2013 National Association of Law Placement figures, Armstrong Teasdale’s percentage of minority lawyers was 40 percent higher than the St. Louis average and also above the national average for firms of similar size. 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: