Jenner & Block works to promote and support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) diversity in the workplace, in the profession and in the community. We have served as counsel in landmark LGBTQ civil liberties cases and continue to work on matters of concern to the LGBTQ community. We are proud of the recognition our firm has received for its support of LGBTQ lawyers and for the impact many of our LGBTQ lawyers have had on the profession, the community and society.
Our commitment to LGBTQ equality has been recognized in a number of ways. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has honored Jenner & Block for 16 consecutive years with a 100% perfect rating in its closely watched “Corporate Equality Index” survey, representing the best places to work for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. In 2011, Jenner & Block became the first national law firm to be inducted into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame.
In 2008, we received HRC’s Corporate Equality Award in recognition of our long-standing tradition of supporting LGBT civil rights. In 2005, the firm was the first Chicago-headquartered law firm and only the fourth nationwide to earn a 100% rating. In 2003, Jenner & Block was among the first law firms to be voluntarily rated by the HRC for our treatment of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals we employ.
Jenner & Block was one of the first law firms to publish a firm-sponsored publication on LGBTQ diversity. The “LGBTQ Community Service” issues of Equal Time, the firm’s diversity newsletter, include stories about the accomplishments of Jenner & Block openly gay lawyers, including legal viewpoints and other issues of interest. The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of our Equal Time publication.