More than Just a Statement

At Cassiday Schade LLP diversity is more than just a statement, it is a priority. Our firm is committed to reflecting the diverse clients we represent as well as the communities we serve. It is our belief that the legal community best serves its clients when firms reflect a strong, diverse  cross-section of the business community, maintain high legal standards, a broad base of knowledge, and a wealth of experience.  We actively strive for a professional work environment that promotes equal opportunity and professional growth potential for all.

To accomplish this, we integrate diversity initiatives throughout many levels of our business, starting with the recruitment and retention of outstanding women and minority candidates. At Cassiday Schade, female attorneys comprise 42% of our attorney workforce. In 2009 we ranked second in terms of percentage of female partners (of responding firms with more than 100 attorneys) in the annual Chicago Lawyer diversity survey and proudly sponsor the annual Women in the Law supplement to The Daily Law Bulletin.

Emphasizing our commitment to achieving diversity among our professionals, Cassiday Schade‚Äôs Executive Committee established a Diversity Committee. These individuals, with varying backgrounds and life experiences, work toward identifying areas of opportunity within the firm to expand the presence of women and minorities.  Since its inception, the committee has worked to foster dialogue and community through formal and informal activities. The committee also works with the Recruitment Committee in the hiring, retention and professional development of minority members of the firm.

Our attorneys proudly support - as members, volunteers and leaders - numerous civic and professional organizations that promote the advancement of minorities and women in the legal and business communities, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago
  • Cook County Bar Association - Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • Haitian American Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Task Force on Diversity and Standing Committee on Women and the Law
  • Japanese American Service League
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois