Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment
For more than 50 years, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has been a leader in the legal profession and business community. As part of our firm’s leadership for the next 50 years and beyond, we recognize that the firm must reflect the diversity of the individuals and entities it serves in order to be able to provide equitable, inclusive and effective legal counsel to the global business community.

To that end, we affirm our commitment to diversity in all areas of our firm’s operations, recruiting and support programs.  The firm believes that the success of this commitment requires the involvement of all partners, associates, administrators and staff members. Our intent is to reach beyond our firm and genuinely impact the legal profession, our clients and our community through leadership by example.

The firm intends to encourage and promote the treatment of each person with dignity and respect, and to value the perspectives and experiences which a diverse workplace can contribute to the firm, its clients and the communities which it serves. Diversity is an inclusive and equitable concept, and encompasses differences in race, age, religion, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and in any other personal characteristics protected by law.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Members
The Bose McKinney & Evans Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is made up of professionals responsible for helping bring about cultural and practical growth necessary for a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Committee members are selected to so that diverse viewpoints and opinions are represented and heard. The committee publishes a monthly internal newsletter featuring stories about and events celebrating underrepresented and historically marginalized groups, as well as opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion training.

Bose McKinney & Evans Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP commits to a diverse workplace by implementing the following Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

  • Training and education about unconscious bias and how to recognized and address it;
  • Raising awareness and education about historically underrepresented and marginalized people;
  • Raising awareness of the firm’s diversity policy within the Firm;
  • Emphasizing each individual’s personal responsibility regarding the firm’s diversity policy;
  • Continuing to enforce firm employment policies which have an impact on diversity, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, fairly and consistently;
  • Establishing and maintaining recruiting policies that ensure that the firm is attracting the widest possible pool of high quality individuals with diverse backgrounds;
  • Participating in and supporting activities and organizations, both within and outside the firm, that demonstrate the firm’s commitment to diversity; and
  • Seeking guidance and input from underrepresented population business groups on ways the firm can better serve the needs of their respective constituencies and business communities.

Firm Operation
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP seeks to implement the Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by taking the following actions in firm operations:

  • Creating and maintaining a standing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that will chart the firm’s progress towards implementing the Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, evaluate the firm’s goals in the area of diversity, and periodically suggest updates to the firm’s diversity policy. The committee will be chaired by a partner whose background provides the necessary perspective to enable the firm to maintain a successful and meaningful diversity policy.  Because the diversity policy represents a significant leadership commitment of the firm, the managing partner will have a standing seat on the committee. Because the attraction and retention of lawyers with diverse backgrounds is a critical component of the firm’s diversity policy, the chairs of the Recruiting and Associates Committees will also be members.
  • Ensuring that the firm is equipped to handle issues related to a diverse workplace.
  • Committing 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 of the City of Indianapolis and the State of Indiana
  • Demonstrating a “top down” commitment to the firm’s diversity policy
  • Conducting reviews of the work of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee by the Executive Committee, and reporting to the partners on a regular basis

Recruiting
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP seeks to attract and retain top talent by recruiting from the broadest possible pool of high quality individuals, while maintaining the firm’s character and positive work environment.  The firm will achieve these goals through the following efforts:

  • Supporting the activities of organizations of law students in underrepresented populations, such as women’s legal forums, and Hispanic, Black, Asian, and Native American law student associations at law schools located within Indiana
  • Supporting the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO)
  • Participating in regional job fairs of underrepresented populations, such as the Cook County Bar Association Minority Law Student Job Fair and NBLSA Midwest Minority Job Fair
  • Increasing awareness of employment opportunities at law schools with traditionally large underrepresented populations
  • Listing staff openings in publications that are likely to attract diverse applicants

Support
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP recognizes that a meaningful network of support is essential to retaining top talent regardless of background.  In addition to the current programs of membership and professional development, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the firm focus on the following strategies:

  • Ensuring that responsible partners and mentors work effectively with newer lawyers to train them to be excellent lawyers and to integrate them into the firm
  • Encouraging informal support systems for new lawyers within the firm, including effective mentoring of associates with diverse backgrounds
  • Ensuring that the firm addresses head on issues that may negatively affect our goal of retaining top talent

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to reflect on civil rights in our country and consider how far we have yet to go. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday as well as a national day of service. Thus, its motto is often heard as “A day on, not a day off.” In the spirit of this sentiment, the firm encourage employees to use the firm holiday provided to engage in at least one act of service or education about civil rights and/or racial injustice in our country and communities. In doing so, we continue the legacy of Dr. King, who spent his life working to better the lives of others.

Internship
Bose McKinney & Evans’ internship program is focused on a diversity fellowship to 1L students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Find out more information.