Chair, Sidley Austin LLP

Larry Barden became Chairman of Sidley Austin in 2017 and has been a member of the firm's Management Committee since 1999. He is also a Trustee of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Hadley School for the Blind.

Sidley has a long history of diverse partners, and they continue to promote minorities within their firm. The firm works to retain its female members by creating unique opportunities and its efforts have been recognized by the Catalyst Award. Sidley was also recognized in 2014 as a top Illinois firm for LGBT inclusion

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Hosted Leadership Lunch (2013)
Fellows nominated:
2021: Deeona Gaskin; 2020: Melissa Colon; 2019: Matthew Dolan; 2018: Marissa Alter-Nelson; 2017: E. Anna Ha; 2016: Sara Garcia Duran; 2015: Joshua Hill; 2014: Anny Huang; 2013: Daron Watts; 2012: Jose F. Sanchez

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected: 
2021: Natalie Chan, Mario Samos, Chanse Barnes; 2020: Samina Bharmal; 2015: Atman Shukla 

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted: 
2021: Elisha Marquez, Melissa Gerdts, Rochelle Ballantyne, Lucille Li, Joanne Louis, Estella Serrano; 2020: Ausjia Perlow; 2019: Aashiq Jivani; 2018: Sarah O'Brien; 2017: Oluwafemi Aborisade; 2016: Juan Hernandez; 2015: Ke'Andra Levingston; 2014: Justine C. Plaut; 2013: Andria Montoya; 2012: Lauren De Lilly

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2013

Annual Meeting (2017, 2015, 2014)
Leadership Summit (2014)


Member: Larry Barden

Diversity Professionals: Maria Melendez, Jennifer Ganesh, Chiymelle Nunn, Walter Carlson

Communications: Kellie Mullins