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, women attorneys comprise 42% of our attorney workforce. In 2014, Cassiday Schade LLP was named by legal news outlet Law360 as one of the top 25 U.S. law firms for female partners. Of the nearly 400 firms surveyed, Cassiday Schade ranked at #5 for having the highest percentage of female partners. In the annual Chicago Lawyer diversity survey, the firm has continued to place at the top of the results for having the highest percentage of women partners of the responding firms with more than 100 attorneys. In 2013, the firm formed a Women's Leadership Committee, which aims to provide professional development tools and opportunities to its women attorneys. In addition, the firm is proud to support Just The Beginning Foundation, an educational pipeline program for students with a mission to inspire under-represented students and to increase the diversity in the legal profession.

Emphasizing our commitment to achieving diversity among our professionals, Cassiday Schade’s 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
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Cook County Bar Association - Minority Law Student Job Fair
  • 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
  • National Bar Association
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois