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Affinity Groups and Diversity at Kutak Rock

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Affinity Groups

Firmwide Commitment, Individual Responsibility

The National Inclusiveness and Diversity Forum includes affinity groups, pipeline groups, and groups focused on mentoring, communication, training and education. Attorneys and staff work together in Forum Groups to support inclusiveness and diversity systems and initiatives across the firm and in our communities. 

Hispanic Affinity Group

Kutak Rock sponsored the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Corporate Conference in September, sending 10 attendees to the Kansas City event. The firm was the sole sponsor of the Corporate Counsel Division Reception with Jay Selanders and Michael Sillyman both addressing attendees. Marcos Barbosa also participated as a panelist on jury selection issues.

Women's Initiative

The firm’s Women’s Initiative hosts quarterly meetings; in the months between the quarterly meetings, women attorneys meet in small groups led by women attorneys who currently serve on the firm’s various committees. The Initiative also hosts a networking meeting during the firm’s general partnership meeting. These all are opportunities for women attorneys to network, mentor and learn, and share upcoming conferences and CLE opportunities.

Women's Initiative with circular infographic of percentages of minorities at Kutak Rock

Kutak Rock prides itself on creating a path to partnership for all attorneys. In 2017, over half of the firm’s new partners were women and 15 percent were members of other diverse groups. Currently, 44 percent of the firm’s partners are women or members of other diverse groups. The firm’s higher-than-average retention rate for women and minority attorneys is also an indicator of the firm’s successfully inclusive culture. In the latest reporting period, Kutak Rock retained 95% of all attorneys identifying as races and ethnicities other than white/Caucasian and 100% of women partners so identifying.

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) recertified Kutak Rock in 2017 as a Gold Standard firm for ongoing high percentages of women who are equity partners, hold high-level leadership positions, serve on governance and compensation committees, and identify as LGBTQ.

Law360 named Kutak Rock one of the best law firms for women partners in its 2017 Glass Ceiling Report. Viewed as a national benchmark for gender parity, the report named Kutak Rock a “Ceiling Smasher” for placing second among BigLaw firms with 300-599 attorneys nationally. In fact, the firm has the highest percentage of women equity partners in all but two of the nation’s law firms with 300 attorneys or more.

Annual Report

Currently, Kutak Rock has more racial and ethnic minority partners than the national average; LGBT partners at over two times the national average; partners with disabilities at over eight times the national average; and more women partners than the national average. Download our annual report with stats and detailed narratives.

Affinity Groups

Outstanding client service begins with our people. At Kutak Rock, we believe our teams should look like our clients’ teams, and that diverse thinking leads to innovation. Read more about our recruitment, retention, mentoring, promotion and leadership pathways.

Awards and Progress

Together we have made great progress. Learn how Kutak Rock is acknowledged as a top firm with LAW360, WILEF and many more publications.

Leadership

Read more about our progress, continuing efforts to effect meaningful and longstanding positive changes throughout the firm and its related communities.

Strategy

Read more about the firms's strategic plan and internal goals. We center on fostering a culture of inclusiveness, including specific goals for networking, communication, equal opportunity, and diversity.

Training

Each year, the firm’s Training and Education group offers a training program for attorneys and staff in each of the firm’s offices. Read about our protocols, procedures and vision to foster an inclusive workplace.