Diversity at Haynes and Boone
View Haynes and Boone's Diversity Highlights (2013)
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View the Haynes and Boone Attorney Diversity Report (2010-2011)
A Program of Active Advancement
The Attorney Diversity Committee develops initiatives that open doors and create windows of opportunity, with the goal of advancing the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers in our firm. At Haynes and Boone, diversity is not just programs and statistics. It is an important and integral part of our culture. We have several sub-committees that focus on specific areas of diversity, including Women, Minority and LGBT initiatives.
The Attorney Diversity Committee is led by firm partners and key members of management who advocate the importance and necessity of a diverse law firm. This is a reflection of our leadership’s insistence on the inclusion of diverse lawyers into firm governance as practice group leaders, committee leaders, and holders of key management roles.
Our lawyers also actively pursue leadership roles outside of our firm in state and local bar associations that support diversity in the legal workplace. For example, our lawyers are leaders in the following groups: the Texas Minority Counsel Program, the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, the Houston Hispanic Bar Association, and the Asian American Bar Association of Houston.
Groundbreaking Recruiting Programs
Effective recruiting and mentoring are foundations of diversity. To that end, we have established the Haynes and Boone Minority Scholars Program for first-year students at SMU Dedman School of Law and the University of Texas School of Law. Haynes and Boone Scholars receive a monthly stipend, a summer clerkship at our firm, and a mentor to provide guidance during the student’s first year in law school.
Since 2003, Haynes and Boone has also participated in an initiative sponsored by the Houston Bar Association to provide a summer clerkship in our Houston office to a first-year minority law student from one of the three area law schools in Houston (the University of Houston, South Texas College of Law, and Texas Southern University). For more information about this initiative, please contact the Recruiting Offices of one of these schools.
Minority and women lawyers at the firm also benefit from an environment that places strong emphasis on mentoring and training. In fact, in 2013 and 2002, Haynes and Boone received the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award for sustained commitment to improving the hiring, retention and promotion of minority and women lawyers. This award is just one example of the recognition that the firm has received for its diversity efforts.
Haynes and Boone’s “1L Fast Track Program” is a truly innovative recruiting program. During the second half of the summer, Haynes and Boone invites a large group of first year law students, many of them minority law students, to spend a week at the law firm. This ground-breaking alternative to the traditional six-week summer program provides “Fast-Trackers” with a unique opportunity to experience Haynes and Boone’s dynamic culture.
Diversity. Living a Tangible Commitment
Haynes and Boone has long been recognized as a pioneer in the area of diversity and women initiatives. In fact, the firm appears in many “Top 100” rankings related to diversity and women issues. Although we are proud of this recognition, the firm views these accomplishments as small steps towards a greater journey.
Our diverse group of women and minority attorneys play a pivotal role in our firm’s past, present and future development. We seek to attract and retain lawyers of varied backgrounds who reflect the global marketplace that we serve, and mirror the diverse communities in which we live.
Facilitating Dialogue via Targeted Networking Opportunities
Haynes and Boone believes that facilitating communication amongst minority and women attorneys is key to advancing diversity.
Every other year, minority attorneys at the firm are invited to a bi-annual “Minority Attorney Retreat.” The Minority Attorney Retreat provides a forum for minority attorneys to openly discuss minority attorney retention and minority attorney development issues. During the two-day retreat, attendees participate in small break-out discussion groups, where they discuss ways to maintain and improve diversity at the law firm. After the break-out sessions, the attendees reconvene and share their discussions with all of the attendees. The Minority Attorney Retreat also offers attendees an opportunity to meet and get to know other minority attorneys at the law firm. Guest speakers, who are often client in-house attorneys, are also invited to the MinorityAttorney Retreat to share their views on how diversity affects the practice of law.
A Record of Transparency and Accomplishment
Our diversity and women initiatives encourage our lawyers to draw upon their unique experiences and backgrounds to develop their careers. Here are a couple of key facts about our lawyers: 1) our lawyers come from 45 states and 26 foreign countries, and 2) they speak 26 different languages, including Spanish, Russian, French, Portuguese, and Chinese.
We strongly believe that cultural and ethnic differences enhance innovation and the delivery of quality legal services to a diverse marketplace. Our beliefs are reflected in our attorney workforce (16 percent of our lawyers are of color and 30 percent are women), ranking us first among Texas-based law firms and well into the top third of the 250 largest firms in the U.S.
We believe that recognition for our diversity efforts helps build momentum to support our recruitment and retention of the widest and best cross-section of attorney talent. That is why we are proud of such designations and rankings as these:
- Haynes and Boone received the prestigious Thomas L. Sager Award in 2013, presented by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association in recognition of the firm’s commitment to diversity. The firm also received the Sager Award in 2002.
- Chosen as a winner of the 2014 Diversity Leader Award by Profiles in Diversity Journal, a magazine focusing on diversity/inclusion in business, government, non-profit, higher education and military settings.
- Haynes and Boone ranked 12th in a 2013 American Lawyer survey of women partners serving in top leadership roles in AmLaw 100 firms.
- Haynes and Boone was honored with the 2013 Gulf Coast Corporate Commitment Award by the Texas Diversity Council, recognizing the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the business community.
- In 2013, Haynes and Boone received a Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for the third consecutive year. A firm's WILEF certification demonstrates that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, highest leadership positions, governance and compensation committees, and their most highly compensated partners.
- Haynes and Boone consistently receives high rankings in the Corporate Equality Index administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which ranks firms for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers. Haynes and Boone has been ranked from 2009-2013.
- Haynes and Boone ranked No. 52 out of more than 200 law firms in American Lawyer’s 2013 Diversity Scorecard, the highest ranking of any Texas-based firm for the second year in a row.
- Recognized as one of the Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women” in 2013 for the firm’s commitment to retention and advancement of women.
- In 2012, Haynes and Boone was ranked the top law firm in the country for women and third for Native-Americans in MultiCultural Law Magazine’s annual ranking of the top 100 law firms for diversity. Overall, the firm ranked No. 48 out of the top 100. The firm also scored well in several other areas, including No. 9 in the “Top 50 Law Firms for Partners” listing, and No. 8 in the “Top 25 Law Firms for Hispanics” listing.
- In American Lawyer’s 2012 Midlevel Associate Survey, Haynes and Boone ranked No. 54 out of 149 law firms for its dedication to diversity.
- In 2011, Haynes and Boone was designated as a Community of Respect® by the Anti-Defamation League for its commitment to respect and diversity.
- In 2011, Haynes and Boone was selected as the inaugural recipient of the AT&T Legal Department Diversity Award in the large law firm category. The award singled out a small, medium and large firm for their activities and accomplishments promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
- Haynes and Boone was awarded the 2010 Corporate Equality Award from Lambda Legal’s South Central Regional Office for its long-standing support of Lambda Legal and that organization’s efforts to protect the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people (LGBT) and those with HIV.
- The Houston office of Haynes and Boone was named a Community of Respect™ by the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Southwest Region in 2010.