Lockridge Grindal Nauen is committed to embracing and reflecting the diversity of the clients we serve and our community. LGN recognizes our firm is stronger when we include all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or physical ability.

We have worked hard to develop an inclusive work environment. Women make up half of LGN’s attorneys and almost 40% of our partners—a figure well ahead of the national average. We are also proud that LGN was the first law firm in Minnesota to publicly oppose the 2012 proposed “Marriage Amendment,” which would have banned gay marriage in Minnesota, and we worked closely with Minnesotans United for All Families on the “Vote No” effort.

Supporting a diverse legal profession

We partner with and sponsor organizations that work to expand diversity in the legal profession, such as the Minnesota Urban Debate League, the Page Education Foundation, the Sanneh Foundation, and Meet Me In The Middle—each of which works to expand educational opportunities and professional opportunities to high school and college students.

We work within the legal community to build a diverse profession. Since 2013, LGN has participated in the Hennepin County Bar Association Minority Clerkship Program (formerly the MSBA Minority Clerkship program), which matches 1L summer associates with LGN. In addition, LGN supports the following programs, either through financial sponsorship or active attorney involvement:

  • Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Diversity Committee
  • American Bar Association, Membership and Diversity Committees
  • Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association
  • National American Indian Bar Association
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • William McGee Civil Rights Moot Court
  • American Constitution Society
  • Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid One Hour of Sharing Campaign (100% Associate participation in 2016)

Supporting our community

Lockridge Grindal Nauen has a rich tradition of involvement in our community. Several LGN attorneys have been recognized as North Star Lawyers for their commitment to pro bono work and provide pro bono services through a number of different organizations that serve diverse or historically disadvantaged groups and/or communities. In 2011, LGN received the Children’s Law Center’s Distinguished Service Award for its work representing foster children and children who are wards of the state. LGN attorneys have also worked with the Advocates for Human Rights to obtain asylum and citizenship for numerous clients. LGN’s pro bono commitment extends to a number of legal services clinics across the Twin Cities and other projects designed to assist pro se litigants.

LGN’s attorneys, government relations team, and staff are active in the community, providing financial, legal, legislative or volunteer support to the following organizations:

  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Boys & Girls Club Minnesota Alliance
  • Serving Our Troops
  • Neighborhood House
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Family Wise
  • Project for Pride in Living
  • YWCA Circle of Women
  • womenwinning
  • Housing Justice Center
  • Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul
  • In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theater
  • Citizens League
  • Meet Me In The Middle Nonprofit
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Helping Our Clients Make an Impact in Our Community

Through our legislative and legal work, LGN assists its clients in making a positive impact in the community. Representative work includes:

  • Augsburg College (obtaining funding for an East African teacher training program)
  • Boys and Girls Club (obtaining funding for job readiness and after school tutoring)
  • Sanneh Foundation (obtaining funding for after school programs)
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (lobbying and legal work regarding various tribal matters at local and state levels)
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (state and federal lobbying)
  • Legal counseling to minority-owned medical providers that focus on providing health care services to diverse communities.

LGN Anti-Racism Resolution

WHEREAS, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. recognizes that there has been systemic and structural racism, overt and implicit bias, and other unjust prejudices and practices that have led and continue to lead to racial inequities throughout society and the legal profession; and

WHEREAS, we believe that the legal system and the rule of law, and our law firm, has both the capacity and the moral obligation to help create a more fair and just society; and

WHEREAS, such racial inequities, and their causes, can be and should be identified, addressed and eradicated;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by both the partnership and the firm as a whole, that Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. is committed to doing its part, intentionally and continually, in eradicating racial inequities and ensuring that our firm more closely mirrors our values of inclusion and diversity;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. has taken the following steps in support of this commitment:

  • Established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, consisting of professionals from across the firm, including firm leadership, that meets regularly to monitor and address the firm’s efforts at achieving a diverse and inclusive firm, and which regularly shares and sponsors educational opportunities and events to the firm;
  • Employed practices consistent with the Mansfield Rule when making hires for all levels of employment, in order to ensure that there is an opportunity for diverse applicants and candidates to be considered;
  • Established a pro bono policy that supports providing legal work at no charge so that disadvantaged persons have access to quality legal representation;
  • Annually participated in law clerk hiring programs for diverse law students;
  • Established hiring and associate mentoring and review programs that have been monitored and revised in order to minimize any impact of bias;
  • Established associate development practices to provide opportunities for professional involvement and feedback and participation in significant litigation matters;
  • Established a tradition of professionals serving as volunteers or in leadership for non-profit organizations that play a part in creating a more fair and just society;
  • Engaged in multiple professional training sessions for all employees on elimination of bias;
  • Engaged in occasional book club events focusing on topics of racism, bias and injustice;
  • Recognized Juneteenth as a paid firm holiday;
  • Established a wellness committee with a robust, inclusive and personal approach; and
  • Joined as a member of the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice organization.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. will take the following future steps in support of this commitment:

  • Annual review of the firm’s ongoing antiracism and diversity, inclusion and equity efforts;
  • Annual commitment by each professional to make their own contributions to inclusion through meaningful work opportunities, mentoring, or other means;
  • Increase representation at the firm of historically underrepresented groups to meet or exceed the representation of those groups in the legal profession;
  • Annual review of hiring, retention and advancement of underrepresented groups and related law firm practices and guidelines;
  • Establish data points and goals by which the firm can measure progress; and
  • Listen, learn and improve on the firm’s commitment.