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    Pro Bono Newsletter Spring 2013


    Pillsbury consistently ranks among the top law firms for women, LGBT and diverse partners and associates. We are proud of these numbers because they are a byproduct of the firm's unwavering commitment to exceptional performance. Pillsbury has a long history of diversity leadership. Not only were we one of the first law firms to admit women into the partnership, we were the first Amlaw 100 firm to be led by a woman. In 2014, Pillsbury’s diversity efforts were recognized as among the best in class by, National Association of Female Executives, Working Mother magazine, Human Rights Campaign, and several other benchmarking organizations.

    While we celebrate these accomplishments, we know there is still much to be done to diversify our profession and corporate America. We have attorneys in leadership roles and sponsor numerous organizations that promote diversity including 2020 Women on Boards, Catalyst, California Minority Counsel Program, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Lambda Legal, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and many others.

    We closely align our diversity initiatives with our recruiting, retention and promotion efforts. We support and actively participate in the Bay Area Diversity Career Fair, Lavender Law, the DC Road Show, and several other diversity recruiting events throughout the year. Through affinity groups, we offer firmwide retreats, discussion groups, book clubs and other career building activities for women, LGBT, and diverse attorneys. These groups focus on building community as well as professional development. Diverse lawyers hold key positions within the firm, leading committees, client teams, and practice sections. Our firm also actively partners with clients who share our commitment to diversity.

    It is of utmost importance to us to support the careers and the lives of all our talented attorneys and staff. Pillsbury has long been known as a market leader for its progressive employment policies and practices and supportive benefit programs. Pillsbury was one of the first firms to adopt a flexible work arrangements program, extend benefits to domestic partners, and abolish mandatory retirement. With the help of our world class HR team, we continue to lead the way in ensuring our workforce thrives both in and out of the office with innovative work-life initiatives, wellness programs, and talent development efforts.

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