Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Series

Haynes and Boone is participating with the Equal Employment Opportunity Special Emphasis Observances series to promote diversity and inclusion awareness and education. Learn more.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) inspired our country with his messages of courage, compassion, equality, leadership and service. In observance of his birthday, a federal holiday was established and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983. On MLK Day, you are encouraged to remember Dr. King’s vision of peace and love and to consider how his teachings can be used to better serve our communities. 

“The time is always right to do the right thing.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

African American History Month

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, organized a week of celebration in February to raise awareness about African Americans’ contributions to American culture and history. In 1986, Congress established February as National Black (Afro-American) History Month.

In recognition of Black History Month, we hope that everyone at the firm will take time to reflect on how those from diverse backgrounds have contributed to our history and culture. It is vital that we also recognize the considerable work that remains to achieving a true and representative measure of diversity — both in society and within the firm.

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” – Dr. Carter G. Woodson

National Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month was established in 1987 through a Congressional resolution. The origin of this celebration date back to March 8, 1857 when female textile workers marched in protest of unfair working conditions and unequal rights for women. March 8th later came to be recognized as International Women’s Day where communities celebrated the many contributions women have made to society throughout history. In 1978, this observance turned into a week-long event known as Women’s History Week and was a means for schools to introduce lessons on women’s history. The event was expanded into a month-long celebration in 1987.

In recognition of National Women’s History Month, we hope that everyone at the firm will take time to reflect on and appreciate how women have contributed to our history and culture. Learn more about Haynes and Boone’s women’s initiatives. 

“Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.” – Sandra Day O’Connor, first female Supreme Court Justice

Asian/Pacific Heritage Month

The month of May was chosen to commemorate two significant events in history: the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The roots of this history month can be traced back to 1976, when the president of the Organization of Chinese American Women contacted government officials about the lack of Asian/Pacific representation in the U.S. bicentennial celebrations that year. The initial observance began in 1979 as Asian Heritage Week, established by congressional proclamation. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation designating May of every year Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. We celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage month by recognizing both the diversity and the common experiences of many groups who have influenced our history and societies.

"Success is a collection of problems solved." – I. M. Pei

Pride Month

Each June, people across the nation come together to show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rights, culture and communities. Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and the impact the riots and LGBTQ people have had on society.

Advocates continue to work toward a future without discrimination in the workplace and beyond. At Haynes and Boone, we strive to create an environment in which every individual at every level has the opportunity to succeed professionally, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, parental status, race, religion, sexual orientation and/or socio-economic experiences. 

As a testament to our efforts, the firm was recently recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2019 Corporate Equality Index, earning a 100% rating. This perfect score affirms our dedication to making the firm a supportive environment for all our lawyers and staff. 

“My strong view is everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. That’s the way I look at everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their religion, their gender, their ethnic history, regardless of their gender identity.”–Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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