A Blueprint for Progress

By Nancy Burke Hupp

February 8, 2022

In December 2019, the executive director of the National Association for Law Placement summed up 15 years of data on diversity in U.S. law firms in a press release: 

“Despite steady gains, great structural and cultural hurdles remain that prevent law firms from being able to measure more rapid progress in increasing diversity. ..."

Robins Kaplan is no stranger to prejudice. In 1938, two Jewish men started the firm because they could not get a seat at the table at top Minneapolis firms. The firm established a diversity committee decades ago, long before many firms. Over the years, the committee created and then collaborated with internal affinity groups – the LGBTQ+ Resource Group, the Attorneys of Color Resource Group, and the Women of Robins Kaplan Resource Group – to identify and implement programming to support the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse attorneys.

Read how the firm accumulated accolades for their efforts.

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Nancy Burke Hupp

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