Our Commitment to Diversity
Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and with non- traditional qualifications. The firm is committed to diversity by providing an inclusive workplace that fosters growth, respect and engagement.
The firm’s Equality, Equity and Diversity Committee was established to create objectives within the organization to ensure a diverse work environment. One of those goals is to reach as many diverse students as possible through programs such as the Summer Pre-Law Program at the University of Arkansas (SPPARK), the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and the Southwest Black Law Student Association (SWBLSA).
In June 2020, the firm announced its charter membership in the newly developed Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). Nearly 200 law firms across the country are working collaboratively through a number of large-scale initiatives to help in the advancement of race equity and equal justice in the law profession.
The stated mission of the LFAA is to “leverage the resources of the private bar to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law and in government institutions.”
Additionally, we were the only law firm in the state to participate as a sponsor of the SPPARK program, which is an intensive pre-law program for first-semester college students and others historically underrepresented in law school.
At the NBLSA Conference held in Little Rock, several of our attorneys served as judges in the Moot Court Competition.
Women in Leadership
We pride ourselves in promoting the development of women lawyers and professionals in our leadership and management positions.
Diversity and Equality Policy
Friday Eldredge & Clark, LLP aims to create a workplace environment where diversity is encouraged and in which every member of the firm can realize his or her potential for excellence.
This policy is intended to guarantee equal opportunities for all firm members including students, legal and non-legal staff, associates, and partners.
Discrimination on the grounds of race, religious beliefs, color, gender, physical or mental disability, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or family status is prohibited at Friday Eldredge & Clark, LLP in any work-related activity, or in any of the firm's employment or recruitment practices.
Friday Eldredge & Clark, LLP acknowledges that barriers to equality are often systemic; that discriminatory practices and attitudes are often entrenched as custom within workplaces, and are not recognized as harmful; and that sometimes, employees must be treated differently in order to achieve substantive equality.
Friday Eldredge & Clark, LLP has undertaken a critical examination of its policies and practices and will continue to take positive measures to ensure that employment terms, conditions, and opportunities are implemented in accordance with equality principles for all employees and prospective employees.