Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Our 11 Actions for Meaningful Change
Creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace takes a strong commitment to making real, meaningful change. The following 11 steps outline our top-down, bottom-up approach to establishing a culture of inclusion, where each person is empowered, has a voice in decision-making, feels a sense of belonging and has opportunities for advancement.
These are our 11 Actions for Meaningful Change:
- Assign value to DEI
- Create a succession planning process with a Mansfield Rule-like requirement
- Demonstrate commitment of firm leadership
- Examine current attorney recruitment processes
- Examine promotions and appointments processes
- Foster a positive and inclusive environment for all
- Institute ongoing mandatory education and training
- Integrate DEI into all marketing materials
- Evaluate optimal work allocation systems for associates
- Enhance integration for black attorneys
- Encourage real-time feedback to all associates
Haynes Boone Managing Partner, Taylor Wilson, joined the Leaders at the Front movement founded by Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He created and committed to a personal action plan with the goal of building a more perfect union—in our organizations, our communities, and our world.
Haynes and Boone is proud to have a long standing focus in the area of diversity and women initiatives. 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:
For the fourth consecutive year, Haynes Boone has earned a 100 percent rating in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index and the distinction of being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”
The Corporate Equality Index (CEI) is a national benchmarking tool that measures policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees.
Haynes Boone is proud to join more than 160 law firms pursuing certification under the latest iteration of the Mansfield Rule, which aims to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for such opportunities.
The Mansfield Rule has become the standard by which law firms track and measure that they have affirmatively considered at least 30% women, lawyers from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, lawyers with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ lawyers for top leadership roles, senior-level lateral hiring, promotions into the equity partnership, and participation in client pitch meetings.
The firm achieved Mansfield Rule 5.0 certification in October 2022 after completing a rigorous 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab. The firm has also achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status, which shows even greater success in diversifying law firm leadership.
Haynes Boone has received the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard Certification for the ninth year, showing the firm’s continued commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The firm is among only 29 U.S. law firms awarded the 2021 Gold Certification. This is the ninth consecutive year for the firm to receive the award, which launched in 2010.
WILEF grants Gold Standard status to major firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions, and in the ranks of their most highly compensated partners.
Lawyers of Color (LoC) has honored Haynes Boone with the Aspire Diversity Award.
“As evidenced by this award, Haynes Boone is committed to being a leader in the legal profession with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Sharon Jones, Chief DEI Officer of Haynes Boone. “We look forward to making further progress in ensuring that Haynes Boone fully reflects the diversity of the clients and communities we serve.”
LoC is a nonprofit devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. They celebrate attorneys of color and conduct research and studies regarding the intersection of the legal profession and social justice. LoC has been recognized by the American Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, and National Association of Black Journalists. They provide research, career development, and brand marketing opportunities to their clients and have a social media and email community of nearly 50,000 legal professionals, the largest of any minority legal organization.
On a daily basis, in ways big and small, we take steps as a firm to be a market leader in diversity, equity and inclusion and to make a positive impact on society. Thankfully, these steps add up, yielding significant, measurable progress as captured by our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Impact Report, 2020-2021.
Sharon Jones discusses the DEI Initiatives of Haynes Boone in Richard Levick’s In House Warrior podcast.
An interview with General Joseph L. Votel, U.S. Army (Ret.) General Votel provided insights on leadership and shared experiences and lessons learned from a career spanning four decades of military service—including leading the military’s largest command, supporting the integration of women into Special Operations, and now today as a leader in the business world.
Moderator - Alexander Clark, Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Watch the Haynes Boone DEI Video and see our commitment to DEI in action!
Haynes Boone Achieves Mansfield 5.0 Certification, Shows Continued Market Leadership in DEI