Attorney Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
The driving force behind our diversity and inclusion efforts is the Attorney Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (ADEIC) composed of partners, associates, counsel and key members of management. The Committee sets goals for its policies and programs related to the recruitment, retention, promotion and professional development of our diverse lawyers – and the next generation of diverse lawyers we hope to recruit to the profession. The Committee has enacted diversity and equality-related firm policies and programs, as well as implemented innovative initiatives designed to drive minority and female hiring and retention. We have several outstanding sub-committees that include LGBTQ+, Minority Attorney Initiatives, Pipeline Initiatives, Women's Initiative, and Working Parents, all designed to develop and promote diversity and inclusion as a collective and sustained focus.
Our lawyers actively pursue leadership roles outside of their commitments to the firm. Haynes Boone also plays an active role in numerous leading legal diverse organizations such as the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Texas Minority Counsel Program and National Association of Women Lawyers. We have achieved certification in Diversity Lab's Mansfield Rule 3.0 program, which measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ attorneys, and attorneys with disabilities for recruitment, governance roles, equity partner promotions, and inclusion in formal pitches to clients.
Haynes and Boone’s LGBTQ+ Committee provides the firm’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers with increased recognition and community building. The committee has worked to improve the firm’s benefits policies and has identified business development opportunities with LGBTQ+ companies and organizations. For a third consecutive year, the firm 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.”
MINORITY ATTORNEY INITIATIVES COMMITTEE
The Minority Attorney Initiatives Committee seeks to expand the firm’s efforts to recruit, retain, support and promote its minority lawyers through both its policies and programming. The committee also provides attorneys opportunities for community building, professional development, and mentorship.
Haynes and Boone’s Pipeline Committee engages in the firm’s local community to support, encourage and develop a talented and diverse future workforce. The committee engages with all levels of students, from middle school through university, to ensure that those from diverse backgrounds are connected to their legal community.
WOMEN’S INITIATIVE COMMITTEE
The Women’s Initiative Committee provides leadership development for its female lawyers. The committee supports its female lawyers by providing mentorship, professional development programming and networking opportunities. For the ninth year, Haynes and Boone has been awarded the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) Gold Standard Certification, granted to major firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions, and in the ranks of the firm’s most highly compensated partners.
WORKING PARENTS COMMITTEE
The Working Parents Committee strives to improve retention and recruitment of working parents while identifying and advocating for policies and programs to maintain Haynes and Boone’s family-friendly culture. The committee assists in the development of policies, resources, and programs needed to support working parents. The committee focuses on providing coaching and guidance to those who are seeking best practices for maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
For more information about the committee and sub-committees, please contact the Diversity Department at DiversityDepartment@haynesboone.com.