Our philosophy is that inclusion is not about asking people to fit in, it’s about creating a space where everyone belongs.

Diversity and inclusion are essential components of Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s vision statement—“a diverse environment where everyone is respected, feels appreciated and experiences fulfillment and enjoyment through meaningful contributions” is at the core of who we are as a firm.

Our journey toward inclusion has lead us to champion visionary women, minorities, LGBTQ+, veterans and differently abled attorneys throughout our ranks. With this approach, we are moving toward an organization equipped with leaders able to work across differences and leverage diversity.

Women Attorneys

Shook’s women partners target the challenges facing women in the law. Among other things, the Women’s Management Council (WMC) holds seminars for women associates to discuss the challenges of work/life integration and leadership opportunities. It also provides forums to network with successful women attorneys and judges in the greater legal community.

Best Practices

  • Women’s Management Council (WMC)
  • Junior Women’s Management Council (JWMC)
  • Women’s Leadership Edge Webinars
  • Women in the Law Seminars
  • Diversity Lab Hackathon
  • Conferences Specific to Women

Attorneys of Color

Shook strives to create unique programming that assists in the engagement and advancement of all attorneys and to take the steps necessary to reach our ultimate goal of creating and maintaining an inclusive environment. We use diversity and inclusion efforts that are innovative, timely and effective to help us achieve our goals.

Best Practices

  • Succession Planning
  • Proactive Individual Engagement & Coaching
  • Partner/Associate Networking Dinners
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
  • Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)
  • Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP)
  • National Minority Bar Association Memberships
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color Conference

LGBTQ+ Attorneys

We are advancing and supporting LGBTQ+ initiatives across Shook.

Best Practices

  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (100% since 2009)
  • PRIDE Celebrations
  • AIDS Service Foundation
  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI)
  • Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce (MALGBTCC)
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • LGBTQ+ National Bar Associations
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
  • Pro Bono LGBTQ+ Efforts
  • Project Equality
  • Affirmation Project

Key Initiatives

Shook Scholars Institute - A Diversity Fellowship Program: The Shook Scholars Institute is an innovative diversity and inclusion development program with concentration in the areas of litigation and trial skills, inclusive leadership development and career success strategies. This three-day intensive program is designed to give first-year law students the rare opportunity to learn from a litigation powerhouse in an interactive, small group setting led by Shook’s attorneys.

Shook Diversity Scholarships: We are pleased to offer Shook Diversity Scholarships which award eligible, outstanding first-year and second-year law students with a renewable scholarship to offset the expenses of a legal education. It’s part of our commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within our firm and the legal profession. Learn more in our digital brochure about how to apply for and renew the Shook Diversity Scholarship.

Pathways to Inclusion: This live educational series is open to both attorneys and professional staff and focuses on key D+I issues such as race, disability, religion, gender bias, generational diversity, transgender realities in the workplace, implicit bias and building successful teams. It is hosted two to three times a year.

Diversity Retreat: Held every other year for attorneys of color and LGBTQ+ attorneys, this retreat is designed to invigorate, empower and position those attorneys through leadership and business development, networking and career advancement. These retreats allow minority attorneys to focus on their career needs and individually and collectively address how they can succeed at Shook.

Courageous Conversations: We continue to work on creating a safe space for Shook lawyers and professional staff to engage in difficult conversations. This has been a gradual and ongoing process starting with initiatives such as our Pathways to Inclusion series, which focuses on controversial topics, training on implicit bias and cultural competency, and others. We emphasize the need to lean into discomfort. Our leaders model “how.” 

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