Diversity and Inclusion at Dykema

A Message from Dykema's Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Board

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is not only a sound practice, it's good business. A diverse and inclusive workforce helps us better understand and serve our clients, and enables us to have a positive impact on the communities in which we work. 

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that all are welcomed without regard to age, religion gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or domestic partner relationship, physical characteristics or disability.

Diversity and inclusion are core values at Dykema. Fostering diversity and inclusion brings not only an enriched work environment, but also is key to providing the most sophisticated response to our clients most complex business needs. We continue to develop, implement and monitor programs and activities that not only enhance diversity and inclusion, but eliminate any obstacles to those initiatives. Dykema's diversity and inclusion strategic plan includes:

  • Increase recruitment of diverse attorneys at all levels.
  • Promote advancement and support retention of diverse attorneys by providing a work environment that maximize opportunities for professional development.
  • Support dialogue and expertise on diversity and inclusion related issues within and outside the Firm and by fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all.
  • Measure and monitor the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts.

Sherrie L. Farrell, Chair

Diversity and Inclusion Board

Dykema’s Diversity and Inclusion Board is comprised of an Executive Board and the Recruiting, Retention and Initiatives sub-committees to more effectively underscore the Firm’s commitment to recruit, retain and promote lawyers from diverse backgrounds. Our Board members have diverse backgrounds from various offices, who oversee and actively manage the firm’s diversity program. This includes some of the Firm’s most senior contributors, including our Chairman/CEO of the Firm and other executive management members.

Sherrie L. Farrell, Chair
Rosa M. Tumialán, Co-Chair
Heidi A. Naasko, Diversity Counsel


Clerkships and Scholarships

Dykema participates in the Wolverine Bar Association’s summer clerkship program, through which we hire a diverse law student after his/her first year of law school. Dykema has also created an informal clerkship program with the Indigenous Law Program of the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law. Through this program, Dykema has committed to maintain a clerkship in its Lansing office for Native American students who are members of MSU’s Indigenous Law Program. 

Dykema has established annual diversity scholarships for law students at the University of Michigan, launched in 2005, and the University of Illinois, launched in 2006. This award, designed not only to promote diversity in the legal profession but to encourage outstanding law school students to remain in their respective geographic markets upon graduation, is a $7500 per year gift, to be applied toward tuition and fees in the second and third years of law school. We offer recipients of the scholarship the opportunity to join Dykema for the summer following their first year of law school.

Community Involvement, Memberships and Sponsorships

Dykema’s attorneys are active contributors, members, speakers and supporters of many diversity related organizations, conferences, job fairs and scholarships. Dykema’s support includes:  The Anti-Defamation League, The Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Engage USA, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association Conference, LAMBDA Legal, the National Bar Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Association of Women Lawyers, South Asian Bar Association, Tampico Foundation, United Negro College Fund, Universal American Muslim Association and The Women of Color Conference. Locally -  the Bexar County Women’s Bar Association, Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association, CCBA Minority job fair, Dallas Asian-American Bar Association, Dallas Women Lawyers Association, Korean American Bar Associations of Chicago and Southern California, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles, Minnesota Asian Pacific Bar Association, OCBA Taste of Diversity, Partners for Collaborative Change, Texas Women Lawyers Association, University of Texas’ Women Power Summit, Wolverine Bar Association and Foundation and the Women’s Bar Associations of Illinois, Michigan and Washington, DC.

Dykema has been a long-time sponsor of local high-school urban work study programs. We sponsor students from the Cristo Rey and Christ the King Corporate Work Study, the Genesys Works, Grow Detroit’s Youth Talent and the Loyola Work Experience programs.

Women’s Business Initiative (WBI) — Lead, Connect, Collaborate

As part of Dykema’s continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, our women professionals have organized the Dykema Women’s Business Initiative. This initiative brings together business women and leaders from diverse occupations, providing opportunities for building leadership skills, networking and professional and personal growth. We mentor our women professionals in leadership, professional and business development through individual partner/associate mentoring relationships and group activities. We promote business networking relationships within and outside the Firm and pursue business development opportunities and business channels unique to women.

Dykema PRIDE

Dykema PRIDE is a resource for employees who identify as LGBT and allies. The group works to provide education, cultivate business and talent development, while also positively affecting firm culture, firm retention, and recruitment goals. 

Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

Dykema named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Dykema is proud to have been named as a "Best Place to Work" since 2014.  

2017 - https://www.dykema.com/news-press-dykema-earns-top-marks-in-2018-corporate-equality-index-for-fifth-consecutive-year_110917.html 

2016- https://www.dykema.com/news-press-dykema-earns-top-marks-in-2017-corporate-equality-index-for-fourth-consecutive-year_120516.html

2015 - https://www.dykema.com/news-press-dykema-earns-top-marks-in-2016-corporate-equality-index_111815.html

2014 - https://www.dykema.com/news-press-dykema-earns-top-marks-in-2015-corporate-equality-index_111914.html

2013 - https://www.dykema.com/news-press-Dykema-Earns-100-Point-Rating-in-the-Human-Rights-Campaign-2014-Corporate-Equality-Index_12-2013.html

Diversity and Inclusion at Dykema

We foster diversity and inclusion by offering and supporting a variety of benefits, policies and involvement by Dykema personnel:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Board

  • Community Involvement and Sponsorships

  • ERGs: Women’s Business Initiative (WBI) and Dykema PRIDE

  • EEO Census

  • Paid Parental Leave Policy, Alternative Work Schedule Policy

  • Billable credit for pro-bono matters, matters include legal services for traditionally under-represented individuals or agencies supporting that population

  • Encouragement and support for involvement in professional, community and civic organizations that advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and business community