For the second year in a row, Kirkland & Ellis LLP was named by Equality Illinois as one of the most LGBT-friendly law firms doing business in the state. Equality Illinois is an organization committed to securing, protecting, and defending equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Illinois.
The honor was announced at an event held in Chicago last night. The top firms were selected based on a survey of 150 law firms regarding LGBT initiatives and policies. Kirkland's survey included information regarding the Firm's LGBT recruiting efforts, domestic partner and transgender health benefits, diversity management, sponsorship and philanthropy, and commitment to LGBT pro bono matters.
"We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Equality Illinois, and honored to receive this award on behalf of our LGBT attorneys and staff," said Jordan Heinz, a Chicago-based associate and member of Kirkland's LGBT Subcommittee of the Firmwide Diversity Committee.
Kirkland's LGBT programs have been recognized before. In 2009, The Human Rights Campaign gave Kirkland the first ever "Award for Workplace Equality Innovation." The award honors businesses for a specific program that makes a positive difference to LGBT employees. Kirkland was recognized for its "ALLSA" Initiative, a program that formalizes the Firm's outreach to LGBT, racial/ethnic minority, and women law students by matching Kirkland attorneys with diverse student organizations across the country. HRC also honored Kirkland with a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work Survey in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
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