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Thirty law firms earned a perfect score on the sixth annual Corporate Equality Index this year, compared with 13 last year, for their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a civil rights organization dedicated to homosexual and transgender issues, created the index. The campaign rated companies on their non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees. In its report, the campaign noted the competition for top law school graduates and demand from corporate clients has driven law firms to change their policies. “The competitive nature and focus on diversity within these firms has motivated substantial improvement in GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) workplace equality,” stated the report. This year, the campaign invited firms in the AmLaw 100, a list of the nation’s highest revenue firms compiled by The American Lawyer, an affiliate of The National Law Journal, to participate for the second time and AmLaw200 firms for the first time. Law firms earned an average score of 88. The top-scoring firms includes national firms and firms based in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York and Washington. Nixon Peabody, which scored 100 percent for the past two years, has diversity training, a nondiscrimination policy that covers sexual orientation and offers health insurance, bereavement, and family leave policies for employees with same-sex partners. “A diverse environment makes our firm a more exciting and interesting place to work and it allows us to better respond to the challenges our clients are facing in a multicultural world,” said Nixon Peabody’s chairman and managing partner Harry P. Trueheart III.

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