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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:

  1. Assign value to DEI
  2. Create a succession planning process with a Mansfield Rule-like requirement
  3. Demonstrate commitment of firm leadership
  4. Examine current attorney recruitment processes
  5. Examine promotions and appointments processes
  6. Foster a positive and inclusive environment for all
  7. Institute ongoing mandatory education and training
  8. Integrate DEI into all marketing materials
  9. Evaluate optimal work allocation systems for associates
  10. Enhance integration for black attorneys
  11. Encourage real-time feedback to all associates


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HRC Equality 2022

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.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP has achieved Mansfield Rule 6.0 certification in October 2023 after completing a rigorous 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab. The firm has also achieved Mansfield 6.0 Certification Plus status, which indicates that Haynes Boone has taken steps to increase inclusion and has made measured progress in doing so over the last year. Roughly half of certified firms earn Plus status.

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.

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.

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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.