Diversity & Inclusion
Franklin & Prokopik is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse and talented workforce best serves the interest of our clients. We are committed to recruiting and promoting attorneys regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition to understanding the importance and value of a diverse workforce at our firm, we are committed to promoting diversity and opportunity in the legal field and our local community. We are a proud sponsor of the Annual Gala for University of Baltimore’s Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence. The Fannie Angelos Program is designed to identify talented minority students, help them gain admittance to law school, support them through law school and help them find jobs upon graduation. F&P principal, Imoh E. Akpan, co-chairs this event.
Franklin & Prokopik is dedicated, both as a firm and as individuals, to giving back to the community. The firm has a weekday group volunteer outing every quarter that is open to all employees. We partner with various organizations and programs including:
Living Classrooms’ Healthy Cities Game Changers – The program was designed to expand the scope and scale of Living Classrooms’ existing initiative to bring nutrition, fitness, and wellness education to a targeted area of East Baltimore known as the Baltimore Target Investment Zone (TIZ). The events take place on days when Baltimore City schools are closed and provide children a safe and healthy environment. View event photos
Ronald McDonald House’s McBlitz Days – RMDH aids in keeping families with sick children together by providing a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost. View event photos
Cornerstones’ Back to School Drive – Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization located in Reston, VA that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. View event photos
Moveable Feast – Moveable Feast provides and delivers nutritious meals and counseling to terminally ill residents of Baltimore. View events photos
Robert Half’s Annual Suit Drive – Each year since 2012 Robert Half offices across North America collect interview-appropriate clothing and accessories for economically disadvantaged job seekers.
Cristo Rey Corporate Internship Program – Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is a co-educational, college preparatory school, that empowers students to succeed in college, work, and life. The CIP program that F&P sponsors provides students with the opportunity to learn and grow through entry-level jobs at businesses and non-profits throughout the Baltimore area.
Women Giving Back – Women Giving Back, in Sterling, VA, provides clothing at no cost to women and children in need. Volunteers assist women in a boutique-style environment providing “personal service and uplifting interaction … focused on helping women arrive at a level of self-confidence.” View event photos
We also support the following charitable organizations and programs:
Baltimore Bar Foundation
Baltimore County Bar Associations’ Adopt-A-Family Program
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Fuel Fund of Maryland
Glen Burnie HS Band Parents Association
Kids’ Chance of Maryland
NRRDA Food Bank Group
RCM&D’s Annual Charity Regatta
Restaurant Association of Maryland Educational Foundation
The “Joy is in the Journey” Annual Sabres Celebration
Toys for Tots
Franklin & Prokopik believes that lessening our environmental footprint is important to our employees, our clients, and our community. We hope our efforts are contributing to setting the bar in the legal industry.
The firm is committed to “reduce, reuse, recycle.” We provide a large quantity of resource materials to our clients which we now put on USBs, saving thousands of sheets of paper a year, and we use electronic document management as much as possible. Recycle bins are located in every office and throughout common areas for when printing is necessary. When we have extra materials such as folders or paper we no longer need, it is donated to Baltimore City schools.
F&P eliminated the use of disposable cups (eliminating 17,000 that were being purchased each year) and now use washable mugs along with wooden stirrers. We also upgraded our cleaning supplies to include reusable synthetic sponges.