At BakerHostetler, we embrace people of all backgrounds as essential to the conduct of business in today’s world. We recruit and develop diverse lawyers because we know it promotes the best in community, depth and leadership. Our commitment is demonstrated through targeted recruiting of minorities and women at law schools and lateral lawyer interviews, active participation in minority job fairs, the appointment of minority and women lawyers to our Hiring Committees, the Paul D. White Scholarship program, our Diversity Fellowship Program, and through support of diverse professional and community activities and organizations. Our longtime support of veterans and military service dates to the firm’s inception when co-founder Newton D. Baker made the difficult decision to take a leave of absence and accept President Woodrow Wilson’s request to serve as Secretary of War during World War I.

Diversity throughout the firm and in our leadership provides role models for our young lawyers and enhances our ability to provide diverse staffing at an experienced level on client projects. Embracing these differences and fostering a supportive, inclusive environment allows us to bring together a variety of perspectives and experiences to provide creative solutions for the challenges our clients face. It also helps our attorneys find balance among their careers, families and community activities. Having a greater understanding and appreciation for issues of race, gender and culture makes us better attorneys, a stronger firm and a more inclusive, respectful place to work.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

One of our most successful strategies in retaining minority attorneys has been our commitment to listen, learn and act upon their suggestions. Our Diversity Task Force, established in 1994, evolved into a standing committee in the firm. It includes minority and non-minority members of the Policy Committee, Office Managing Partners, Partners, and Associates. Subcommittees focus on five key topics: lateral recruiting, law school recruiting/Paul D. White Scholarship, the Diversity Conference, marketing and retention. Exemplifying the goal of true diversity, the Diversity Committee includes minorities, non-minorities, men and women, lawyers, and staff members from across the firm.

Women's Committee

In addition to our Diversity Committee, the Women's Committee, led by Partner Emily Crosby, provides recommendations to management with respect to challenges facing women in the legal profession. Our Houston office was a key signatory for the Women's Initiative by the Houston Bar Association, and our former Houston Office Managing Partner, Lisa Pennington, was the first woman to manage a major law office in Texas.

The Women’s Committee, which comprises attorneys from all our offices as well as representation from the firmwide Human Resources and Marketing departments, is divided into four subcommittees focused on recruiting and retention, business development, work/life balance and advancement to management.