Inclusion of attorneys with diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, social, economic, religious and personal backgrounds has been a cornerstone of our culture at Kutak Rock. Our long tradition of commitment to diversity was established through the strong leadership and personal examples of the firm's founding partners. For example, the late Robert J. Kutak served on the board of the Legal Services Corporation through presidential appointment and was also chairman of the ABA Section on Individual Rights.
Under the leadership of our founding partners, Kutak Rock was a pioneer in the recruitment of women in the early 1970’s. In 1986, Kutak Rock received recognition from a women’s magazine, Savvy, as having the highest number of women partners among the top 150 law firms it surveyed. In 1991, we were selected to participate in the American Bar Association’s Minority Counsel Demonstration Program. Kutak Rock participated in the program for its entire duration, a period of over seven years. In 1992, The National Law Journal also found that Kutak Rock shared with another firm the distinction of having the highest percentage of women partners (23%) among the 251 largest law firms that participated in the survey. In 1995, the Midlands Bar Association, a professional association for minority lawyers in Omaha, presented the firm with the Pledge to Diversity Award. In 2008, Kutak Rock was named one of the Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother magazine.
In 2005 we launched a formal diversity initiative which led to the creation of both a national Director of Diversity position and a Diversity Committee. Each year the Diversity Committee evaluates and implements a series of initiatives on recruiting, professional development, and community outreach and pipeline programs. Our efforts have earned Kutak Rock a place on the Top 100 Law Firm Diversity Listing by the publishers of MultiCultural Law magazine in 2009 and 2011, as well as the Top 100 Law Firms for Women listing. In 2010, Kutak Rock was selected as a co-recipient of the 2010 Diversity Award by the Nebraska State Bar Association and also received the 2010 CenturyLink Spirit of Diversity Partner Award. In 2010 and 2011, we received special recognition by the Human Rights Campaign for our diversity efforts in ensuring equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in our workplace.
Our equal employment opportunity policy includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Since 2000, Kutak Rock has offered insurance benefits to domestic partners.
Today our commitment remains strong, with renewed focus to achieve sustainable diversity goals as part of our strategic plan for the firm. Our diversity goals are (a) to create and support an environment which provides equitable access and opportunities for professional growth to all employees, (b) to build a culture that respects and utilizes the diverse perspectives and skills of each and every employee, and (c) to increase representation of the underrepresented groups across all areas and levels of our firm.