The legacy firms of Stinson Leonard Street have a strong history of leading diversity efforts designed to increase diversity among the legal profession. With this in mind, the firm is proud to be sponsors and signatories of the following diversity initiatives:
The LCLD was formed in 2009 to advance diversity in the legal profession. It is a national consortium of large law firms and corporate legal departments committed to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The Managing Partners and others from Stinson Leonard Street participate in the organizatoin’s pipeline initiatives, as Fellows and within its mentoring programs.
Prior to becoming Stinson Leonard Street, legacy firm Stinson Morrison Hecker was an original signatory to the KCMBA's Commitment to Diversity, initiating the KCMBA's focused effort to improve diversity in the legal profession. The firm actively participates in the KCMBA's ongoing, city-wide diversity efforts, including taking a leadership role in the creation of the Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair in Kansas City and participating in the KCMBA 1L Diversity Clerkship Program. In 2009, the firm reaffirmed its commitment by signing the KCMBA Revised Diversity Action Plan, which broadens the definition of diversity and sets forth the goals through 2014.
Prior to becoming Stinson Leonard Street, legacy firm Leonard, Street and Deinard was one of seven founding members of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a collaborative consortium of law firms and others dedicated to advancing diversity in Minnesota’s Twin Cities legal community through programs to identify, hire and retain attorneys of color; forums and networking opportunities; outreach programs to law students of color; and initiatives in partnership with law schools, law school placement directors, student organizations and other professional organizations.
With the support and endorsement of the firm’s Board of Directors, legacy firm Leonard, Street and Deinard was an early adopter of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Self Audit for Gender Equity (SAGE) Amendment, pledging to provide a diverse slate of attorneys whenever we visit clients, participate in speaking engagements or assemble attorney teams for specific matters.
Legacy firm Stinson Morrison Hecker was one of the first contributors to the Kansas City Central Exchange's win | win Campaign. The Campaign's goal is to increase gender diversity in the leadership ranks of companies in the Kansas City region and particularly on corporate boards of directors. As a contributor, the firm agrees to publicly support the Campaign, actively promote a work environment that supports the development and advancement of women, and share best practices to contribute to the business community's knowledge base for advancing women.
Legacy firm Stinson Morrison Hecker was an original signatory to the NBA's efforts to expand the pipeline of diverse law school applicants and ensure the retention of attorneys of color currently practicing in Nebraska. The NBA's Call to Action includes a network of Nebraska law firms and corporations that have agreed to work collaboratively and innovatively to promote diversity in the legal profession.
Legacy firm Stinson Morrison Hecker signed the Wichita Bar Association Managing Partners' Diversity Initiative. The goals and objectives commit member firms to focus on recruiting, hiring, retention and promotion of diverse law students and attorneys.