Diversity Committee Events and News
A Boone County, Indiana family will start the fall off with a new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Boone County. Bose McKinney &… Read more
Yesterday, a federal appellate court issued a decision regarding what school corporations must do to accommodate requests by a transgender student to use bathrooms that… Read more
The law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Laura Pontius to the Labor and Employment Group. Pontius… Read more
The law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce the addition of associate Gretchen Parrish to the Intellectual Property Group. Parrish… Read more
The Bose Means Service volunteers undertook spring cleanup for the courtyard at the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center in Indianapolis. The cleanup included washing outside furniture,… Read more
Leaders at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP selected Luis Hernandez, a law student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, for its 2017… Read more
The law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce that Mary M. Ruth Feldhake was named to the “Top 25: 2017… Read more
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce that Vicki Bruce Hansen, chief operations officer, was selected to serve on the board of directors… Read more
Applications for Bose McKinney & Evans LLP’s Diversity Fellowship for a first year law student studying at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law… Read more
On January 20, 2014, the Bose McKinney & Evans Diversity Committee hosted a reception for all employees at which the teachings and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King were celebrated in a presentation and visual arts.
On June 20, 2013, Bose McKinney & Evans hosted students participating in the week-long 2013 Indianapolis Summer Legal Institute. The Summer Legal Institute is organized by the Just the Beginning Foundation, a non-profit organization of lawyers, judges, and other citizens dedicated to developing an interest in the law among a diverse group of people. At the Summer Legal Institute, high school students from Indianapolis and the surrounding counties met with volunteer attorneys and members of the judiciary, visited the courts, participated in a mock trial, attended workshops on college readiness and business networking, and presented oral arguments for competition. For the fourth straight year, Bose McKinney & Evans has provided program support for the Indianapolis Summer Legal Institute. This year, the students were welcomed to the firm by Bryan Babb, enjoyed lunch, and participated in a negotiation simulation exercise.
Bose McKinney & Evans was pleased to serve as an Associate’s Level Sponsor for the 6th Annual Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund Dinner held on July 19, 2013, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. At the dinner, hundreds of attendees enjoyed special musical performances, remarks by student scholarship recipients, and updates on legislative efforts impacting Latino students in Indiana. The annual dinner serves as a celebration of the achievements of top Latino students in Indiana who have received college scholarships and also recognizes corporations and individuals who support the Latino community in Indiana.
On June 7, 2013, Bose McKinney & Evans partner Mary Feldhake participated in a “Careers in Law” fair coordinated by BME paralegal Julia Kleinschmidt at Shortridge Magnet High School. As the first class since 1981 prepares to graduate from Shortridge, Feldhake helped to educate more than 545 students about careers in healthcare law. Organized in conjunction with Law Day 2013, “Careers in Law” provides Indianapolis Public School students with a well-rounded perspective of available resources within the legal field. To highlight the diverse range of fields important to the practice of law and the judicial system, representatives from a variety of careers will attend including paralegals, bailiffs, legal software specialists, court reporters and probation officers. The fair is co-hosted by the Indiana Bar Association Paralegal Committee and Modern Information Solutions.
“There are many career opportunities in law, and this fair with 18 different booths staffed by multiple professionals provides students with the resources to start planning for their futures,” said Kleinschmidt, who is a graduate of Shortridge High School. This is the second year she has coordinated the “Careers in Law” fair.
IPS’ Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy is a college preparatory program for students in grades six through 12 that focuses on the principles of democracy, justice, respect and service to others.
In March 2013, Bose McKinney & Evans launched a formal employee volunteer program “Bose Means Service” through which attorneys and staff can volunteer at one of six community organizations or events on work time. “All of us at Bose McKinney & Evans care deeply for the communities in which we live and work,” Jeffrey Gaither, the firm’s managing partner, said. “This is a great opportunity for us to come together and demonstrate our commitment as good citizens and responsible corporate partners.”
In February 2013, the Women’s Connection luncheon featured nationally known author and speaker, Hazel Walker. Ms. Walker is the co-author of the book Business Networking and Sex: It’s Not What You Think. In the meeting, Ms. Walker led a presentation explaining how survey data indicates the differences in how men and women build business relationships and move toward, and through, the sales cycle.
In 2012 and 2013, Bose McKinney & Evans sponsored the Integrating Women Leaders Conference.
In September 2012, Bose Public Affairs Group co-hosted the F.U.E.L. To Run reception with NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). F.U.E.L. stands for Females United and Empowered to Lead, and the reception brought together women business executives and political leaders from Central Indiana in a powerful networking setting. Members of the Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group Women’s Connection also attended the event. Kudos to Jennifer Ping of BPAG for her efforts in coordinating the reception and the educational programming that preceded F.U.E.L To Run.
Bose McKinney & Evans is pleased to announce that Kathleen Lucas, a partner in the Environmental Law and Administrative Law groups, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Antoinette Dakin Leach Award. Lucas received this prestigious award as a result of her contributions to Indiana’s legal community over the last 35 years, including crafting groundbreaking legislation regarding universal precautions, infectious waste, and school attendance to protect patients, their caregivers, and the public during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In addition, she was instrumental in the enactment of Indiana’s then-controversial voluntary remediation and brownfield programs for cleaning up contaminated properties and putting them back into productive use. The Indianapolis Bar’s Women and the Law Division established the award in 1990 to honor outstanding women in the legal profession. The Antoinette Dakin Leach Award is presented only when the division deems a worthy candidate exists.
Oni Harton was named a “20 Under 40” attorney of 2012 by the Just the Beginning Foundation. The foundation recognized attorneys from around the United States who exemplify its mission of providing pipeline programs directly aimed at inspiring young students and increasing diversity in the legal profession.
For the third straight year, Bose McKinney & Evans provided generous program support to the Just the Beginning Foundation’s Indianapolis Summer Legal Institute. The firm is proud to support organizations, such as Just the Beginning Foundation, that demonstrate the firm’s commitment to diversity. Just The Beginning Foundation is a nonprofit organization of lawyers, judges, and other citizens dedicated to developing an interest in the law among a diverse group of people. The week-long Summer Legal Institute hopes to inspire students to consider and pursue a career in the legal field. At the Summer Legal Institute, high school students from Indianapolis and the surrounding counties met with volunteer attorneys and members of the judiciary, visited the courts, participated in a mock trial, practiced negotiations skills, attended workshops on college readiness and business networking, and presented oral arguments for competition. As part of the 2012 Summer Legal Institute, Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs hosted the students for a lunch panel discussion where Camille Blunt led students through an interactive discussion. On the same day, the firm’s summer interns coached students as they prepared for their oral argument competition.
Bose McKinney & Evans is committed to being a leader in community activities that reflect the firm’s commitment to diversity with a particular emphasis on those activities that enhance the business environment in the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana. To that end, Bose McKinney & Evans was pleased to serve as a Bronze-Level Sponsor of the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair, held on July 26-27, 2012. The Diversity Job Fair welcomed more than 60 students from across the country to Indianapolis for the opportunity to interview for potential summer employment in 2013. The fair kicked off on Thursday, July 26, with a cocktail reception at the Skyline Club and continued on Friday, July 27, with a luncheon featuring keynote speaker, Thea Kelly, Senior Counsel, Global Operations, The Dow Chemical Company. Twenty-seven employers, representing law firms, government agencies, corporations and non-profits, interviewed candidates.
The firm also participated in the Shortridge L.I.F.E. (Leaders In Firms Emergence) Program, which is a legal community outreach that represents an invaluable public school / private business partnership and affords minority students unique opportunities to explore jobs in the legal industry. Bose McKinney & Evans’ intern attended on-site education opportunities, participated in a writing contest, utilized career planning assistance and held a paid position at the firm.
Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group sponsored a corporate luncheon table at Indiana Black Expo and hosted key contacts at the event.
In May 2012, the Women’s Connection of Bose McKinney & Evans spent an evening at the Indianapolis Arts Center for a “Pop Up” painting class. The women had a great time releasing their creativity onto canvas.
To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2012, the Diversity Committee organized a book drive for School on Wheels, which provides one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for school-aged children impacted by homelessness. Employees of Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group donated more than 300 books, nearly $300, and numerous school and personal supplies to School on Wheels. The Diversity Committee also held an evening reception at the firm during which the life and impact of Dr. King were honored in words and photos.
Bose McKinney & Evans participated in the “Super City Clean & Green“ initiative sponsored by the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. As part of the initiative, employees from Bose McKinney & Evans cleaned up Highland Park located on the near east side of downtown Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee identified 32 Indy Park’s properties to refurbish and beautify. More than 500 Indianapolis-area citizens from 33 businesses, schools and non-profit organizations gathered to participate in the effort. Super City Clean & Green is believed to be one of the biggest park-service projects in the history of Indianapolis.
Bose McKinney & Evans has been a proud participant in the Providence Cristo Rey High School’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). CWSP serves Indianapolis students from families with limited economic resources, allowing them to take ownership of an affordable, quality, college prep education. Businesses contract with the program to outsource their clerical jobs for an annual fee. The fee is a business expense, not a donation. Student-workers are put into job-sharing teams and their academic schedules are modified so that five students job share a full-time entry level job without missing class. CWSP is the students’ employer, handling all payroll, Workers’ Compensation, taxes, Department of Labor and other employment issues. Via the CWSP, Providence Cristo Rey students earn a portion of their tuition, making the dream of a safe, affordable, faith-based, quality college-preparatory education a reality.
Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group were proud to support The Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Luncheon. Attorneys and lobbyists attended the January 20, 2011 reception and the January 21, 2011 lunch, both held in downtown Indianapolis.
On January 17, 2011, Bose McKinney & Evans celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Diversity Committee asked members of the firm to ponder Dr. King’s quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” The committee organized a luncheon to bring together the firm for camaraderie and conversation.
In the fall of 2010, an off-shoot of the Diversity Committee formed: The Women’s Connection provides a forum for the women of Bose McKinney & Evans and Bose Public Affairs Group to promote and create opportunities for mentoring, networking, recognition, community involvement, business development and professional development within the firm and in the external business community.
In October 2010, the Diversity Committee organized its second annual Community Day. More than 30 attorneys, staff and their families and friends volunteered at local charitable organizations. One team planted 35 trees on the west side of Indianapolis as part of a beautification project coordinated by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Another team volunteered at Thrifty Threads. The majority of that group hung clothes, tagged them, and put them out on the shop floor so that Julian Center residents could look for items to restart their lives. If the clothes aren’t sorted, hung and displayed, it creates a huge backlog when new donations arrive. Other volunteers were tasked with some heavy lifting on that Saturday morning — as Thrifty Threads gets furniture donations, the shop floor must be reorganized so people have access to the furniture. Volunteers also spent some time reorganizing the garage where Thrifty Threads stores clothes that are no longer useful and must be recycled. The third team arrived at the Hamilton County Humane Society, which houses 200 dogs and 600 cats, so the help of volunteers was really needed! Our volunteers washed bowls, toys and even litter pans — not glamorous, but necessary. The team also did several loads of laundry (pet bedding) using industrial-sized washers and dryers. The last job was to give fresh water to several of the animals. This duty gave volunteers some time to pet and talk to the dogs and cats awaiting new homes.
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