Fried Frank's Pride Alliance employee resource group seeks to build upon the Firm's longstanding commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and to increasing understanding of and involvement in the unique issues facing the LGBTQ community. The Group spearheads several pro bono representation efforts of interest, from groundbreaking family law litigations involving same-sex couples to name-change petitions for transgender clients, and maintains strong relationships with important organizations like Lambda Legal Defense & Education Organization, Immigration Equality and Servicemembers United.
To honor the legacy of Michael Diehl, a Fried Frank corporate associate who died in a tragic swimming accident in 1999 and was known for his dedication to the cause of civil rights for the gay and lesbian community, the Firm established the annual Michael R. Diehl Civil Rights Forum. Inviting prominent civic leaders to engage the Fried Frank community in a discussion of current civil rights and social justice issues and concerns since 2000, and hosted by our LGBTQ Resource Group, the 2017 Forum Protecting and Advancing Civil Rights in an Uncivil Time, featured distinguished Fried Frank alumni who have long fought on the side of protecting and advancing civil rights for all people. The discussion centered around the fight for civil rights, from how we got here, to what our panelists are doing at their respective organizations, to what everyone can do to keep the tide of progress moving forward, the 2016 Forum, It's Not Over: The Continuing Fight for LGBTQ Rights, examined areas of civil life where, post-Obergefell v. Hodges
, LGBTQ Americans are still fighting for equality. The 2015 Forum, Balancing Liberties: The Tension between LGBTQ Civil Rights and Religious Exemptions, explored whether LGBTQ civil rights and religious liberty are mutually exclusive and, if so, where compromises must be drawn in a progressive, pluralistic and modern society.
Fried Frank has also been recognized for 11 consecutive years by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, achieving a top rating of 100 percent. Fried Frank's perfect score reflects its policies and practices to protect LGBTQ employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, most notably diversity training, and health care and domestic partnership benefits, including tax gross-up benefits to LGBTQ employees for disparate tax costs related to their coverage of same-sex domestic partners, same-sex spouses and their children.
For more information on Fried Frank's Pride Alliance, please contact the co-chairs: