About Us: Diversity and Inclusion

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Diversity and Inclusion

Our Commitment

Maslon is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace of attorneys and staff with respect to, among other things, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background, disability, lifestyle and political views. We believe that the diversity of our firm enriches our culture, and advances the community around us. By reflecting a wide variety of perspectives, Maslon is better positioned to serve our clients.

"The single most defining moment in my career was in 1993 when Maslon invited me to join their practice. I wanted an environment where I could practice law and be an integral part of the life of my children and family. Maslon enabled me to develop my practice using alternative work schedules and rise through the ranks at our firm to become its 2003-2007 Chair. It is critical for each of us to find the right environment in which to develop our full potential. Maslon has enabled, encouraged, and coached me to do so." - Terri Krivosha, Partner

Founding Principles

Long before it was strategic, the founders of Maslon made it an expected practice to respect and foster diversity, inclusion, and community involvement within the firm.

Today, the character of the firm is still true to the dreams and visions of its founders. The broad range of contributions made by members of the firm to the arts, education, charitable organizations, and other vital community partnerships is distinctly reflective of our diverse firm culture. We are proud of our strong commitment to serving the community, as well as to integrity and excellence in the practice of law.

Building Excellence

Maslon's goal is not only to reach out to and hire diverse attorneys and staff, but also to provide an inclusive environment where they will stay, progress and succeed. We believe the key to retaining talented individuals is to help them develop to their full potential through increased responsibility and leadership opportunities both within the firm and in the community.

Our attorney recruitment objective is to hire diverse, well-rounded candidates who share our mission, have outstanding academic records, and the potential to become partners. Maslon actively sponsors and/or participates in opportunities such as:

  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC)
  • Cook County Bar Association's Annual Minority Student Job Fair

Maslon also participates in diversity initiatives in our professional community. We are a member of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a nonprofit association comprised of the leading Twin-Cities legal employers with the vision to create a vibrant and inclusive legal community and mission to strengthen the efforts of member organizations to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color.

Maslon has also actively participated in the Twin Cities Committee on Minority Lawyers, supported the Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association, participates annually in the Minnesota Minority Job Fair, and is a contributor to Minnesota Legal Diversity (minnesotalegaldiversity.com), a website dedicated to showcasing and promoting diversity in the Minnesota legal community.

Maslon was also one of the original Minnesota law firms to participate in the MSBA Minority Clerkship Program from 2006 through 2012.

Maslon has sponsored organizations and events such as:

  • AchieveMpls
  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship Sponsor
  • The Forum on Workplace Inclusion Annual Conference (presented by the University of St. Thomas and the Opus College of Business)
  • Hamline University School of Law: Black Law Students Association Inaugural Gala 
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Human Rights Campaign 
  • Meritas-sponsored scholarship/Minority Corporate Counsel Association 
  • The Advocates for Human Rights 
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) 
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association (MHBA) 
  • Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference (MMRC) 
  • Scholarship to assist minority students in attending the Minnesota Minority Recruiting Conference 
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers 
  • Minnesota Legal Diversity (minnesotalegaldiversity.com) - A website designed to showcase a vibrant community of diverse practitioners and law students across the spectrum of practice areas. 
  • Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Law Conference  
  • MSBA 1L Minority Clerkship Program 
  • MSBA Diversity Committee 
  • MSBA Diversity Committee: Midwest Regional Black Law Students Association Conference 
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
  • The Page Education Foundation Spring Gala
  • St. Paul Talmud Torah
  • Twin Cities Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms (TCC) 
  • United Way
  • University of Minnesota Foundation
  • YWCA - It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race

Firm Recognition

Maslon has been a leader in the area of gender equity in the Minnesota legal market. Our firm was one of the first major law firms in Minnesota to elect a woman as chair. Maslon was also the first recipient of the SAGE (Self-Audit for Gender Equity) Best Practices Recognition Award (2005) at the Annual Minnesota State Bar Association Bar Leader Conference. The SAGE Award is granted to legal employers who have made a significant contribution to the achievement of gender equity in the workplace. The nominees were reviewed based on the following factors: equal access, workday issues, governance, evaluation and promotion, retention, and compensation.

In 2010, Maslon was selected as an Honorable Mention recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility in the greater Twin Cities area, placing us in the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of our programs, policies, and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.

Ongoing Initiatives

As part of the firm's long-standing commitment to excellence, Maslon began a new diversity/inclusion initiative in 2010 which included engaging an outside consultant to conduct a firm-wide survey/assessment and eight internal focus groups, with full analysis of the results and development of a plan for moving forward. The overall goals of the initiative are to improve interpersonal communications, build skills to respectfully address conflict, provide training on micro inequities, and update the policy statement for the firm as needed.







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