Diversity is firmly woven into the fabric of our firm, and is one of our core values that also enables us to provide greater and improved services to our clients. Our robust diversity program addresses recruitment, retention, internal programming, affinity networks, family-friendly programs, and supplier diversity.
Baker Botts does not tolerate discrimination in any form, whether on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any another category protected by state or federal law.
Each year, we receive recognition for our diversity initiatives, and are ranked among the top law firms for diversity and inclusion. Baker Botts has consistently ranked among the Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity by Multicultural Law Magazine. In addition, we have received high marks, including perfect scores of 100, on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, which ranks organizations for policies, practices and benefits for LGBTQ employees.
Other recognition includes the following:
- 2011 – Corporate Commitment Award from the Texas Diversity Council
- 2013 – AT&T Legal Diversity Award
- 2014 – Named among Yale Law Women's Top Ten Family Friendly Firms; PepsiCo Law Firm Diversity Award
- 2015 – Leadership Council on Legal Diversity - Top Performer
- 2017 – AT&T Legal Department 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Achievement Award
- 2019 – ChIPs Honor Roll - Top 10 firms for Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion
- 2019 – National Diversity Council (NDC) - Top Houston Law Firm for Diversity
- 2019 – Mansfield Rule Certification Plus
- 2020 – Mansfield Rule Certification Plus
- 2021 – Perfect Score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index
- 2021 – Mansfield Rule Certification Plus
- 2021 – Inclusion Blueprint Champion - Top 10 firms for Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion
We partner with and support numerous organizations that promote diversity in the legal profession, including the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, National Bar Association, National Hispanic Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and National Association of Women Lawyers.
Baker Botts is pleased to participate in the Mansfield Rule 5.0 for the 2021-2022 program year. In 2021, our firm was recognized by Diversity Lab as “Mansfield Certified Plus” in recognition of strong diversity and inclusion efforts. The “Certified Plus” status signifies that the firm not only considered at least 30% women, people of color and LGBTQ lawyers for leadership positions and in lateral recruiting over the year, but also achieved representation of at least 30% women and diverse lawyers in several key areas – including significant leadership roles and promotions.
We are proud to participate in the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA) to address racial injustice and inequality. This alliance – of over 150 of the nation’s leading law firms – seeks to leverage the resources of the private bar to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism and to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equality in the law. For more information on the LFAA, please click here.
In addition, we are pleased to be one of the founding members of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA), a collective effort by several law firms in Belgium. By joining LDIA, member firms affirm their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, exchange good practices on diversity and inclusion, and raise awareness of non-discrimination and diversity issues by combining efforts in organising events, workshops, and training, among others.
Our LDIA membership is a further demonstration of the firm's commitment to diversity and inclusion. As the legal industry in Belgium deepens its focus on matters related to diversity and inclusion, Baker Botts is delighted to be among the firms leading this effort.
For more information on LDIA, please click here: www.legaldiversityalliance.be
If you have any questions about our diversity initiatives, please contact the following:
Heather Souder Choi
For additional details regarding our diversity initiatives and programs, see the links below: