Haynes and Boone Houston Named an Anti-Defamation League Community of Respect™


HOUSTON – The Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP has been named a Community of Respect™ by the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Southwest Region.

“Haynes and Boone places great emphasis on building and maintaining a culture within the firm that promotes respect and tolerance,” said Felicity Fowler, Houston labor and employment partner and head of the firm’s attorney diversity committee. “We are proud to achieve this designation and continue to be inspired by ADL’s commitment to make Houston a city free of prejudice.”

The Community of Respect™ initiative promotes tolerance throughout Houston with the help of the program’s participants, including colleges and universities, businesses, community agencies, law enforcement agencies and faith institutions. It encourages the participants to create a diverse working environment based on respect and understanding.

To become a Community of Respect™, participants agree to create a diversity coalition, implement at least three diversity activities and document completion of those activities for ADL approval.

Haynes and Boone’s Houston office upheld its program commitments through education, volunteerism and mentoring. Activities included participation in the nationally recognized Youth About Business, a program that teaches economically disadvantaged high school students about corporate finance through a mergers and acquisitions simulation; participation in the Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Initiative sponsored by the Houston Bar Association; and an in-house educational seminar by Marla Hassner, a New York employment attorney and Empire State Pride Agenda board member and co-chair of the group’s Pride in My Workplace Committee.

ADL board member and Houston appellate partner Mark Trachtenberg said: “Diversity and tolerance cannot merely be buzz words. Rather, they are core principles. By embracing our differences, we foster opportunities for our businesses, our colleagues and our clients.”

The Community of Respect™ program was founded in 2006 in part by Houston Mayor Bill White. Since its inception, Mayor White and former Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace have been honorary co-chairs and garnered participation from diverse business, community, religious, government and educational partners.

The Southwest Regional office of the ADL includes Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Beaumont and all points south, and handles complaints of discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism, monitors extremists and domestic terrorists, and works with community partners, including law enforcement, to fight hatred in all its forms. Its flagship programs include the Community of Respect™ initiative and No Place for Hate®, a similar program designed to fight hatred and encourage diversity in K-12 schools.

Haynes and Boone, LLP is an international corporate law firm with offices in Texas, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Moscow, providing a full spectrum of legal services. With almost 550 attorneys, Haynes and Boone is ranked among the largest law firms in the nation by The National Law Journal. The firm has been recognized as one of the "Best Corporate Law Firms in America" (Corporate Board Member Magazine, 2001-2009), as one of "The Best 20 Law Firms to Work For" (Vault.com, 2009), and as a Top 100 law firm for both diversity (MultiCultural Law Magazine, 2009) and women (Women 3.0, 2008).

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