Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our Commitment
For more than 60 years, Bose McKinney & Evans has been a leader in the legal profession and business community.  As part of our firm’s leadership for future, we recognize that the firm must reflect the diverse individuals and entities it serves in order to be able to provide dynamic and effective legal counsel to the global business community.

To that end, we affirm our commitment to inclusion 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 the treatment of each person with dignity and respect, to value the diverse perspectives and experiences of an inclusive workplace, and to promote the value inclusivity can bring to the firm, its clients and the communities which it serves. Inclusion encompasses differences in race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, personal hardships and in any other personal characteristics protected by law.

Midsize Mansfield Rule
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has achieved Mansfield Certification. The Mansfield Rule certification process, administered by Diversity Lab, addresses the dearth of female and diverse attorneys in positions of law firm leadership by setting benchmarks to measure whether firms have considered at least 30 percent female lawyers, lawyers of color, LGBTQ+ lawyers and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities and senior lateral positions.

Diversity Lab works with participating firms to ensure that the certification process does not exclude anyone and that a broad range of talent is considered for all opportunities. The Mansfield framework helps firms take an inclusive, structured, and data-driven approach to leadership advancement.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Members
Our 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 so that a wide variety of viewpoints and opinions are represented and heard. The committee contributes stories celebrating individuals and groups that have faced adversity to an internal newsletter and provides opportunities for diversity, equity and inclusion training.

Bose McKinney & Evans Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We commit to fostering an inclusive workplace by implementing the following Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

  • Training and education about unconscious bias and how to recognize and address it;
  • Raising awareness and educating about individuals and groups who have faced adversity;
  • Raising awareness of firm policies that ensure an inclusive workplace;
  • Emphasizing each individual’s personal responsibility regarding our policies;
  • Continuing to enforce employment policies which have an impact on inclusion, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, fairly and consistently;
  • Establishing and maintaining recruiting policies that ensure that we are attracting the widest possible pool of qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds;
  • Participating in and supporting activities and organizations, both within and outside the firm, that demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity; and
  • Seeking guidance and input from underrepresented populations on ways we can better meet their needs, the needs of the communities they live in and the businesses that serve them.

Firm Operation
We seek to implement the Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by taking the following actions in our operations:

  • Creating and maintaining a standing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that will chart our progress toward implementing the Roadmap to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, evaluate our goals in the area of inclusion, and periodically suggest updates to our policies. The committee will be chaired by a partner whose background provides the necessary perspective to enable us to maintain a successful and meaningful diversity and inclusion policy. Because our commitment to inclusion begins at the highest level of the organization, 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 our diversity and inclusion policy, the chairs of the Recruiting and Associates Committees will also be members.
  • Ensuring that we are equipped to handle issues related to an inclusive workplace.
  • Committing to being a leader in community activities that reflect our commitment to inclusion, 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 our diversity and inclusion 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
We seek to attract and retain top talent by recruiting from the broadest possible pool of qualified individuals, while maintaining our character and positive work environment. We will achieve these goals through the following efforts:

  • Supporting the activities of student organizations at law schools located within Indiana;
  • Supporting the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO);
  • Participating in regional job fairs to expand our reach outside of Indianapolis;
  • Increasing awareness of employment opportunities at law schools; and
  • Listing staff openings in publications that are likely to attract a wide audience.

Support
We recognize 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 our firm will 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
  • Ensuring that we address 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, we encourage employees to use the firm holiday provided to engage in an 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
Our internship program includes the Bose McKinney & Evans fellowship, an internship program focused on 1L students who have faced and overcome adversity in their path to law school. Find out more information.