Apparently that was only part of the story. Diversity Awards were given in five areas: The Sam Jones Award, Community Relations, Development, Leadership and Workforce.
As noted, Barnes & Thornburg won the "Community Relations" award. Now let's examine three of the remaining four winners:
- Simon Property Group - A Barnes & Thornburg client, and Bob Grand's personal client
- Veolia Water - Barnes & Thornburg client
- Turner Construction - Barnes & Thornburg client
The only winner I could not confirm is a client of Barnes & Thornburg is Community Health Network. While many people I talked with suspect Community is also a B&T client, I'll give the company the benefit of the doubt.
I'm sure though that it was a big coincidence that Bob Grand served on the selection committee and Barnes & Thornburg winning a diversity award while the firm's clients won three of the other four awards. No sense jumping to conclusions or believing in a "conspiracy." FYI, that was sarcasm.
The sad thing is that the Mayor took an important cause like diversity, and made a mockery of it by letting Bob Grand use the luncheon to reward his firm and his firm's clients. At some point, one would hope that Mayor Ballard would figure out that he is being used by people who do not have his best interests at heart. So far that has not happened.
See also: Mayor Ballard Gives Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Award (1/22/2009)