BIRMINGHAM, AL—As part of its longstanding and ongoing diversity efforts, Baker Donelson has implemented a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Compact, a multi-year plan to drastically increase the number of diverse attorneys within its ranks, as well as committing to provide additional support and remove barriers to advancement.
Baker Donelson’s D&I Compact outlines the Firm’s commitment to be an industry-leading law firm in diversity and inclusion by December 31, 2025 and specific benchmarks for the Firm to achieve in order to meet that goal. For the purposes of the D&I Compact, diversity is defined as racial, ethnic, and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer) status.
The groundwork for the Compact began in early 2019, after Timothy M. Lupinacci assumed the role of chairman and CEO of the Firm and identified diversity and inclusion among his top strategic priorities.
In 2019 the Firm conducted a D&I Cultural Audit to survey its diverse attorneys for their views on the Firm’s diversity and inclusion efforts, obstacles they have experienced and suggestions for improvement. Over the last year, Marcus M. Maples (pictured), chair of the D&I Compact Advisory Board, has led a team of attorneys and professionals across the Firm in utilizing feedback from the D&I Cultural Audit to create Baker Donelson’s D&I Compact.