Chicago, May 10, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker & Mc…

Chicago, May 10, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker & McKenzie is pleased to announce that it ranked 12th in the ‘Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity’ by MultiCultural Law magazine. The magazine evaluated law firms based on the diversity of attorneys, its use of a diversity committee, mentor programs, and leadership support.

“We are grateful to have our commitment to diversity recognized by Multicultural Law magazine. As one of the largest global law firms in the world, diversity has been a cornerstone value since our formation and comprises an integral aspect of our identity,” said David Hackett, Baker & McKenzie LLP’s North American Managing Partner. “We recognize the imperative of embracing one’s differences – differences that are essential both to ensure for a positive and productive workplace environment, and to provide the breadth of perspective needed by our clients in North America and beyond.”

The Firm’s North American Diversity Initiative promotes minority hiring, recruiting, retention, and advancement, and continually cultivates diversity within the Firm and in client and community relationships. Among the numerous projects and accomplishments of the Initiative include the distribution of more than $1.3 million to U.S. law schools for tuition grants to minority students since 1989, and diversity training for lawyers and staff to realize and maintain a diverse environment.

“Our Firm has a rich tradition of a global culture, to that end, we continually strive to improve our programs and policies that reflect our commitment to the quality of life, gender and minority diversity,” said Nam Paik, Equal Employment Opportunity Program Partner and Chair of the Firm’s North American Diversity Oversight Committee.

Multicultural Law magazine is a monthly publication that addresses diversity in the legal profession. The magazine highlights successful minority and women lawyers, and focuses on a mixture of legal news and information for improving the careers of minority and women lawyers.

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