"We are able to deliver superior and practical results to our clients because of the myriad perspectives of our talented attorneys . . . ."
-Trudy Halla, Diversity Committee Co-Chair
As one of the Twin Cities’ largest law firms, Briggs and Morgan recognizes the importance and value of engaging different perspectives in everything we do. This principle applies to everyday life at the firm, and governs our interactions with each other and with our clients.
Our passion for our profession reflects respect for the law and the ideals of equity, fairness and opportunity within a welcoming, inclusive workplace environment. This is perhaps best appreciated when viewed through the lens of our hiring, development and retention policies, our human resources and benefits policies, and our administrative directives establishing diversity as a priority at Briggs.
Diversity and inclusion, as a primary goal of the firm, is advanced by our vibrant Diversity Committee and monitored and supported by the Board and Management Committee. Those who serve as the firm's officers, board members, section chairs, directors, and committee chairs also are tasked with implementing our diversity initiatives, and directly support our goal to include and engage diverse people in the firm’s leadership.
Briggs’s hiring, development and promotion strategies work to create and support an inclusive workplace. Many of our diverse attorneys have spent their entire legal careers at the firm, with some spanning more than 30 years. Briggs also has women, minority and LGBT attorneys leading client teams and in firm leadership roles. We are proud that they each serve as powerful role models in the firm and community.
We develop and support our diverse attorneys and staff in many ways. We provide access to mentorship and professional development programs targeted at women and minority attorneys. We have active women's, minority and LGBT affinity groups. Briggs sponsors diversity forums for attorneys and staff, featuring noted speakers and trainers, to grow and reinforce an inclusive and collaborative working environment. Moreover, our benefits package includes features that support our employees' efforts both at work and at home.
Briggs and Morgan is committed to promoting diversity outside of the Firm as well as within our organization and is actively engaged in improving the pipeline for future diverse attorneys in our community. Briggs is a founding member of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (http://www.diversityinpractice.org/), a collaborative consortium of local law firms and corporations committed to attracting, recruiting, advancing and retaining minority lawyers in the Twin Cities. This organization provides professional development training, mentoring programs and recruiting, retention and advancement best practices information to member firms.
Briggs engages in targeted outreach efforts to encourage women, minority and LGBT law students to consider our firm. We host receptions for minority law students, sponsor law student association events, participate on career panels, provide minority scholarships and participate in the Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference, a diversity job fair. The firm also provides financial support through scholarships, including:
- The Briggs and Morgan/Honorable Samuel L. Hanson Diversity Scholarship, established at William Mitchell College of Law in 1994 and endowed in 2000 to provide funding for diverse students in good academic standing with financial need; and
- The Native American Indian Law Students Association, providing funds to association members who attend the Annual Federal Bar Association's Indian Law Conference.
With an eye on the future, Briggs also supports legal pipeline initiatives at the high school and college level. We host a college student J-term undergraduate internship program every January for two diverse college juniors or seniors interested in learning more about a career in law. The students are paid to assist lawyers and paralegals, observe court proceedings, attend meetings and perform related duties.
Briggs sponsors the Minnesota Urban Debate League which serves more than 500 students in 33 Twin Cities high schools by empowering students through competitive academic debate to become engaged learners, critical thinkers and active citizens. In addition, Briggs is a proud employer participating in the STEP-UP program, through which two high school students work at our firm over their summer breaks and gain experience in a law firm environment.
The firm provides financial sponsorships and other support to a variety of professional and community organizations in which our attorneys are actively involved, including the following:
- Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
- Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network
- Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women
- Minnesota Women Lawyers
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Women’s Foundation of Minnesota