Diversity is an essential component of our vision statement, which provides, in part, that Shook, Hardy & Bacon is deeply passionate about sustaining "a diverse environment where everyone is respected, feels appreciated and experiences fulfillment and enjoyment through meaningful contributions." The firm's equal opportunity policy explicitly bars discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, and domestic partner benefits apply to same-sex relationships. Shook Diversity At-A-Glance >

Shook works with clients to make significant progress in the recruitment and advancement of attorneys from diverse backgrounds. The firm is actively involved with the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and is a supporter of “A Call to Action: Diversity in the Legal Profession." Shook is also a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, national organizations dedicated to improving diversity and inclusion in the legal arena. LGBT Initiatives at Shook >

Law School Workshops - Shook partners with student organizations such as the National Black Law Students Association on programs that offer practical advice on improving resumes and interviewing skills.

Minority Job Fair Recruiting - Shook recruits at such events across the nation, including the Heartland Diversity Job Fair, DuPont Minority Job Fair, Lavender Law Job Fair, Cook County Minority Job Fair, and Southeastern Minority Job Fair.

Women's Management Council - This proactive group of Shook women partners serves as a catalyst for programs targeting the unique challenges facing women practitioners. Shook's Distinguished Women Partners > 

Educational Programming - Shook's Diversity and Inclusion Committee spearheads diversity-themed presentations throughout the year for attorneys and staff. Recent programs have included those focusing on increasing awareness of micro-inequities and luncheons featuring Shook alumnae in the judiciary, LGBT issues, Native American/Tribal law issues, and parenting diversity-sensitive children.

Diversity Checklist - Shook requires every attorney to personally commit to diversity as a core value. To help achieve our diversity goals, all attorneys are required to complete at least 10 diversity commitment action items from the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Checklist as part of the annual evaluation and compensation process.


The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has recognized Shook for its outstanding diversity program by awarding the Thomas L. Sager Award to the firm in 2001, 2002 and 2010. In 2004, the Jackson County Bar Association honored Shook with its inaugural Pyramid of Diversity Award for supporting diversity in Kansas City through recruiting, retention and promotion policies, as well as through partnerships with organizations that share the same goal.

Shook San Francisco received the No Glass Ceiling Award in 2005 from the Bar Association of San Francisco for exceeding the signatory law firms' goal of having at least 25 percent women in partnership positions and at least 25 percent women in management positions within two years. In 2006, Shook was awarded the annual DRI Law Firm Diversity Award from the Defense Research Institute for the firm’s demonstrated commitment to diversity in policies, practices and civic contributions. The Coca-Cola Co. has twice (2008, 2013) presented Shook with its Living the Values Award in recognition of the firm’s progressive diversity practices. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation awarded Shook the top rating of 100 percent in its 2015 Corporate Equality Index, naming the firm to its list of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Altria awarded Shook its inaugural Law Department Diversity and Inclusion Award in April 2010 to recognize the firm’s commitment to diversity in the legal profession.

Shook’s commitment to diversity has been lauded in national publications. Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers once again noted Shook among "Best Law Firms for Women" in 2014. MultiCultural Law magazine in 2012 ranked Shook 78th in its “Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity.” The firm ranked 29th in the magazine’s “Top 100 Law Firms for Women” and 18th in the“Top 50 Law Firms for Partners” listings. The Daily Business Review ranked Shook among the ”Top 25 Most Diverse Law Firms in South Florida” in January 2010.

The 2015 edition of the Vault Guide to the Top 100 Law Firms ranked Shook 3rd in Diversity for Military Veterans, 6th in Diversity for Individuals with Disabilities, 7th in Overall Diversity, 7th in Diversity for Minorities, 11th in Diversity for Women, and 17th in LGBT Diversity. Vault compiled its rankings based on data from anonymous surveys of law firm associates across the United States.

The firm’s diversity initiatives have also been highlighted in The American Lawyer (February 2009), Diversity & The Bar (January/February 2010), Diversity & The Bar (December 2010), The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (March 2012), The American Lawyer (January 2013), Diversity & The Bar (July/August 2013), and Working Mother (August/September 2013).

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Pro Bono Committee

Bruce Tepikian (Partner / Executive Committee Sponsor)
Kori Carew (Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives)
John Murphy (Firm Chair)
Barbara Amos (Chief Human Resources Officer)
John Fraser (Partner)
Ethel Johnson (Partner)
Scott Kaiser (Partner)
Madeleine McDonough (Partner/Executive Committee Member)
Vaveca Moss (Director of Employee Relations)
Lynn Murray (Partner)
Jay Simpson (Partner)
Ann Songer (Partner)
George Wolf (Partner)
Seana Wilkerson (Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator)