For the Human Rights Campaign, Diversity Is Not Enough

Foley & Lardner, LLP is a large and successful law firm.  Focused on serving business clients, it has more than 1,000 attorneys in over 60 offices throughout the United States and across the globe.  And although a firm that large is necessarily diverse, we recently found that diversity is not enough when the Human Rights Campaign is looking over your shoulder. Specifically, on Nov. 8, HRC President Joe Solmonese sent a letter to Foley & Lardner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay O. Rothman.  The letter took the firm to task over the fact that Cleta Mitchell -- a renowned D.C. lawyer -- is a partner there. Wrote Solmonese: In 2009, our lawyers witnessed Ms. Mitchell leading and counseling anti-LGBT community members at a public D.C. hearing on testimony that was deeply hurtful towards our community. Now, Ms. Mitchell is a registered lobbyist on behalf of National Organization for Marriage in Minnesota, which goes well beyond any professional or ethical...(Read Full Article)