Culture of Inclusion
The firm's commitment to diversity is evidenced by its inclusion of women and minority attorneys in leadership and decision making roles within the firm. Women and minorities lead two of our firm's twelve practice groups: Intellectual Property, Technology and Media and Immigration. Women and minority attorneys also chair or co-chair six of our seventeen firm committees: Attorney Evaluation and Training Committee; Diversity and Retention Committee; Paralegal Committee; Pro-Bono Committee; Litigation Associate Training and Women's Initiative Committee.
Further, the firm has seven core values, one of which is diversity.
The firm recognizes that some of our lawyers may need flexible work arrangements (FWAs) to help maintain balance between work and professional life. To that end, the firm has various FWA policies. The goal of FWAs is to retain talented lawyers at the firm.
The firm's commitment to diversity extends to LGBT attorneys. The firm offers domestic partnership insurance benefits to firm employees and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
The firm's welcoming culture has been recognized by outside groups. Firm recognitions include: "The Commitment to Mission Award" presented by HAVEN, Oakland County's leading non-profit committed to eliminating domestic violence and sexual abuse; named "Most Progressive Work-Life Balance Policies for Women Attorneys" by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Oakland Region; named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "One of the Best Places to Work for Commuters"; Hour Magazine selected Butzel Long as one of the best employers in Southeastern Michigan; Multi-Cultural Law Magazine ranked Butzel Long among the top 100 law firms for diversity in the United States and among the top 50 for Partners and the top 50 for Associates; named by the State Bar of Michigan to the Pro Bono Circle of Excellence; honored in 2007 with the "Outstanding Partner Award" by Community Legal Resources for our pro bono contributions; three firm shareholders were presented The Champion of Justice Award in 2003, 2006 and 2008, one of the Michigan Bar Association's most distinguished honors, given for integrity and adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession and professional accomplishments that benefit national, state or local communities; given the 2010 Corporate One Award by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council; one shareholder was presented with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council's 7 Gems Award for exceptional commitment to the growth of minority business enterprises (MBEs), which included the development of a specialized MBE practice that provided business counsel to qualified MBE clients; one shareholder was presented with the Black United Fund of Michigan's "Linda Hampton Award" for 20 years of volunteerism; a board member was nominated by CORP! Magazine as a 2009 Diversity Business Leader; a staff member received the same award in 2010.
The firm is committed to international diversity. Many of our attorneys, paralegals and staff members are multilingual. This level of diversity enables us to conduct business in twenty-three different languages.
The firm also is committed to cultural diversity. We have a foreign internship program that brings in foreign law graduates for internships lasting several months. This program has been in place for over eight years and provides a valuable supplement to our internal diversity efforts.
Perhaps one of the most visible examples of our commitment to diversity is our leading role as co-counsel for the University of Michigan in its defense of its affirmative action policies that were eventually argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2004, as part of our celebration of 150 years of practice, Butzel Long helped to underwrite an exhibit developed by the University of Michigan entitled "Cases About Diversity" that traveled throughout Michigan and helped present an overview of the issues related to affirmative action in the context of higher education.