At heart, being inclusive means everyone has a seat at the table. At Armstrong Teasdale, we define diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) broadly and focus on helping professionals of all races, religions, national origins, gender identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations and physical abilities feel a sense of belonging. DEI are core values of the firm, and we recognize the richness they bring to our workplace.
More than policies and written goals, we value inclusion in practice, presenting opportunities for lawyers and staff to participate in engaging dialogue through resource groups, as well as through firmwide initiatives that challenge us and help us recruit, support and retain diverse professionals. From training and workshops to mentoring opportunities and social events, we are committed to promoting inclusivity within the legal profession. Such key initiatives are implemented from the top down, driven by firm leaders, and also include offering employee benefits such as flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and DEI billable hours.
As part of our commitment to inclusion, we have a dedicated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Department, which reports directly to the firm’s Executive Committee. Our Inclusion Committee also holds a significant role in the firm and reports to the Executive Committee on various activities and initiatives. Both of these initiatives enable us to continue holding ourselves accountable for this core value at the highest levels of firm management. We also distribute an annual inclusion report for further accountability.
We are committed to diversity within our client teams, ensuring that team leaders, supporting lawyers and professional staff are diverse in compliance with legal industry standards. Our clients consistently challenge us to align with diversity initiatives, and we take the mandate seriously. Bringing people with different experiences and opinions to the table enables us to better serve our clients.
The firm is also actively involved with various affinity groups, community and civic organizations that focus on driving diversity, equity and inclusion through various events and conferences across the country.
Our working groups and resource groups are designed to drive various initiatives and respectful dialogue firmwide. The firm’s Inclusion Committee and Inclusion Workgroup implement internal programming focusing on the DEI Department’s core goals. Our resource groups provide a host of programming throughout the year to build professional strengths and break down barriers. Our resource groups also extend to the broader community, often involving initiatives with clients, professional contacts and other organizations in order to build and maintain a critical bridge.
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 are actively seeking business relationships with minority-owned, women-owned and LGBTQ-owned businesses, and encourage inclusive suppliers to do business with us.
Select Awards and Accolades
- Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index: For several years in a row, the firm has received the highest possible score on the Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality.
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Compass Award: Armstrong Teasdale, an LCLD Member Firm, earned the award by actively participating in various LCLD programs designed to build a more open and diverse legal profession.
- Inclusiveness @ Work: Armstrong Teasdale earned the award, presented by the Center for Legal Inclusiveness. The award recognizes one law firm each year for leveraging the different strengths and talents within their organization; incorporating management practices to allow equal access to opportunities; creating an inclusive environment; and collaborating with partners outside the firm to make the community more inclusive.
- Client recognitions: Our clients also recognize and acknowledge our efforts to further DEI. In one example, a client awarded the firm a Best in Class Diversity and Inclusion award, recognizing AT for "outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts, including the services that you provide…, the work within your own firm and your contributions to the community at large."
- Michael C. Tramble Memorial Scholarship Fund: Armstrong Teasdale created the fund in 2004 in memory of Michael, a promising African-American associate who tragically lost his life in 1998. Demonstrating inclusion and teamwork, the firm holds events and fundraisers each year to award a scholarship to a minority or military veteran law student in his name. We celebrate Michael's life, ground ourselves in the importance of diversity, and assure other minorities have a chance to succeed in the legal profession.