Our firm strives to create an attractive environment for professionals as diverse as the world in which we live and the clients we serve. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is much more than written policies and mission statements. We continuously undertake strategic efforts to advance diversity and foster a respectful, equitable and inclusive workplace. Our diversity and inclusion efforts are led by our Diversity Committee, which includes both associates and shareholders. The following are some of our diversity and inclusion highlights:
- Larkin Hoffman is committed to the recruitment of diverse candidates. To further this commitment, we actively participate in the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice 1L Summer Clerkship Program, which provides one 1L summer associate with an opportunity to join our summer associate program. Participants in the program spend a part of the summer working at Larkin Hoffman as a summer associate, and spend the remainder of the summer working at an in-house legal department.
Retention & Advancement
- We are committed to providing equal advancement opportunities for all of our attorneys and strive to provide equal access to all work and cultural opportunities inside and outside of the firm.
- Associate attorneys participate in a formal mentoring program that fosters substantive working relationships across all skill levels.
- Associate attorneys within two years of shareholder consideration move to our sponsorship program. Each associate attorney is paired with a successful veteran attorney who is personally invested in the future success of the associate and has the ability to assist the associate move his or her career forward.
- We provide regular workflow meetings between department heads and associates to ensure an equal division of work and equal access to opportunities.
- We were one of the first firms in Minnesota to elect a woman as president.
- We offered same-sex health insurance benefits for more than ten years before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. We also have a generous paid parental leave policy for associates who become parents, through either birth or adoption.
- We have a “Lunch on Larkin” program to foster inclusion by encouraging professionals in different practice groups to get to know one another over lunch.
- 100 percent of our women attorneys are members of Minnesota Women Lawyers, actively engaged in mentoring students in our legal community and exchanging insights with members in affinity groups that address meaningful matters, including parenting for working professionals.
Education & Awareness
- The firm was an early supporter of LGBT organizations like Philanthrofund Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Minnesota AIDS Project, and Outfront Minnesota.
- We will be marching in the 2018 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade.
- Larkin Hoffman co-sponsored the 16th and 17th Annual Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Conference.
- We were the first law firm in our market to launch a professional women’s networking event hosted by our women attorneys.
- We encourage all firm members and their families to participate in a community service event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, most recently held at Second Harvest Heartland.
- We provide diversity and inclusion training opportunities for our professionals to learn more about themselves, their colleagues, and the clients we serve.
- Attorney Nic Puechner serves as a commissioner on the Transgender Equity Council for the City of Minneapolis and serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association.
- Our Director of Administration, Mariel Piilola, is the chair of the Association of Legal Administrators’ Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and co-authored the ALA Diversity Toolkit, published in the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession’s IILP Review 2017: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.
- Attorney Victoria Dutcher has twice been awarded the Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowship in Human Rights and Law by the human rights organization, World Without Genocide.
- Law clerk Muna Omar was awarded the Judge Michael Davis Scholarship by the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
- For years, the firm’s attorneys have contributed to the mission of Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL), including Katie Muller, who has served as the firm’s liaison to Minnesota Women Lawyers; Kate Westad, who was recently honored with the Service to MWL Award for her expertise and support in the development of the MWL’s Gender Data Project; and Tara Mattessich and Brandi Kerber, who were honored with the 2015 Service to MWL Award for their contributions to the creation of the MWL Foundation.