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A Message from Freeborn & Peters LLP

We stand in solidarity with our African-American colleagues, clients, communities and everyone advocating for justice. Much work needs to be done to eliminate racism and promote equity within this country, and we will do our part to do better and to make a difference. As noted by the firm’s Executive and Management Committees in their joint statement to the firm last week:

In recent weeks, the world has been horrified yet again by acts of senseless brutality and racism inflicted on African-American men and women, the most recent being the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers. As outrage, discouragement and protests spread nationally and internationally, now more than ever we must not remain silent when it matters most to live and practice our Core Values.

We are a Firm of inclusion and caring, and we do not tolerate racism or the marginalization of people of color. As a Firm, we stand with all of our staff and lawyers who are angry and grieving together for the victims of this senseless brutality and racism. We are committed to the hard task of working towards a more just, equitable Nation and society. 

For more information, please contact Freeborn’s Director of Attorney Recruiting, Development and Diversity, Christine Hollis.

This is how we live that belief:

  • Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee identifies and acts on opportunities to recruit, hire, develop, promote and retain the most qualified people, representing different races, ethnic groups, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, national origins and abilities.
  • We celebrate diversity by creating experiences around Hispanic, Black, Women’s, and Asian and Pacific Islander history months with guest speakers, themed gatherings and education.
  • Our diverse community sponsorships include supporting diversity programs with the Chicago Asian American Bar Association, Vault/Minority Corporate Counsel Association Career Fair, Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Firms, and the National Bar Association.
  • Our Women’s Leadership Council provides marketing and development opportunities for women attorneys through internal and external events. Our firm includes 26% women lawyers, and our staff is 53% female.
  • Our flexible work arrangement policy gives people the time to address work/life issues.
  • Our minority scholarships and work/study programs support diverse groups, such as our Chicago Scholars and Cristo Rey Work/Study programs.

If you appreciate this commitment in a law firm, then contact us.

Christine E. Hollis
Director of Attorney Recruiting, Development and Diversity
[email protected]