Commitment to Diversity
We announced a series of measures in June 2020 that Mintz implemented to drive change at the firm, in the legal profession, and in our nation. In a letter to the Mintz community two years later, Managing Member Bob Bodian reflects on the numerous steps the firm has taken as part of a sustained commitment to end social injustice and what they mean.
Mintz takes great pride in driving diversity, equity, and inclusion within our firm and across the legal industry. To empower our employees, we must integrate diverse voices, ideas, and perspectives.
Our first annual DEI report highlights Mintz programs and initiatives that reflect our commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace and legal industry. We welcome opportunities to partner with clients and professional colleagues to drive diversity and inclusion. And we continue to work to accelerate the pace of change.
Member / Chair, Women's Initiative Steering Committe
“It’s significant that 82% of the firm’s recent summer associates and seven of its nine newest Members are women. As Chair of the Mintz Women’s Initiative, I look forward to working with our team to develop innovative opportunities to promote the professional growth, retention, and advancement of women attorneys at Mintz and in our profession.”
“Mintz was founded on the concept of diversity as a business imperative for lawyers who couldn’t find a home in more traditional law firms in Boston. That kind of heritage really does propel a place like Mintz to the forefront of continuing to lead in the diversity space.”
Committed to Change
Mintz is implementing the following measures to address inequality in our communities:
- Designating every presidential Election Day a paid firm volunteerism day to encourage employees to vote and donate their time — participating in Election Day phone banks, poll-watching, transporting others to polling places, and more
- Supporting Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance, devoting pro bono resources to combating systemic racism, reforming laws that are racist, and addressing policies and practices that perpetuate racism within law firms
- Pursuing additional social justice reform work on a pro bono basis
- Focusing on Black attorney recruitment and retention to achieve a 50% increase in representation
- Adding a summer position in our DC office, beginning in 2021, for a 1L law student from the Howard University School of Law
- Strengthening ties with Boston Lawyers Group, founded over 25 years ago by two Mintz Members
Leading the Way in Law Firm Diversity
- The firm’s Sponsor & Retention Program helps Associates of color build long-term careers at Mintz by pairing them with a sponsoring Member, helping them develop an internal network, and helping them build substantive, mutually beneficial relationships with peers.
- We incentivize attorneys to devote time to improving diversity at Mintz and in the legal profession by issuing creditable hours.
- The firm is a proud member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), an organization of more than 275 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to a more diverse legal profession.
- Our annual Richard Mintz Diversity Scholarship is awarded to a law student from a diverse background who has demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to community and enhancing diversity.
- Mintz is the Diversity and Inclusion sponsor of the Association of Corporate Counsel – Northeast Region.
Richard Mintz (1921 – 2011)Mintz Member for 57 years
We Are Mintz
Narges M. Kakalia
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, New York
When selecting a firm during law school, Mintz stood out from the rest because it has a culture that embraces the uniqueness of everyone that is part of the firm. It was different from what I’d grown to expect from Big Law. At Mintz I’ve always felt I can be my true, authentic self. As an immigrant woman of color, I’ve been able to take advantage of great career enhancing opportunities over the last 18 years — building a successful litigation practice in a congenial, fun environment.
Member / Managing Member, Los Angeles
I chose to work at Mintz because I saw diversity everywhere in power at Mintz; as office managers, division heads, on Policy and Compensation Committees. Diversity in management of the firm is critical for success in the 21st Century. Diversity of talent, by definition, provides more ideas and perspectives into driving the best solutions for our clients.
Melissa J. Brayman, PhD
Special Counsel, San Diego
Mintz’s emphasis on collaboration and inclusion was very appealing to me when selecting a firm to continue my career. Members and associates throughout the firm, from a range of backgrounds and lifestyles, are encouraged to work together to provide the best possible representation for our clients.
Fred C. Hernandez
Member / Chair, Intellectual Property Prosecution and Counseling Practice, San Diego
I chose Mintz because I wanted to work at a firm that provides and encourages top-notch legal work and that also fosters a respectful and collaborative culture. The firm provides full support and funding of its affinity groups, including hosting an annual retreat for attorneys of color and allowing creditable hours toward diversity-related activities.
Mintz is consistently recognized as a diversity leader in the legal profession.
Chambers’ Diversity & Inclusion shortlist for Outstanding Firm
Chambers and Partners
Mintz has made Chambers’ Diversity & Inclusion shortlist for Outstanding Firm for three consecutive years
Chambers and Partners
Mintz shortlisted for Inclusive Firm of the Year, two individuals shortlisted for Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year and Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year
Firm-Based Affinity Groups
Led by the Women's Steering Committee, this group sponsors numerous professional, networking, and social events aimed at supporting and enriching the lives of our female attorneys.
Our affinity group for minority attorneys and senior professionals works to enhance opportunities, retention, and advancement for attorneys of color.
Mintz Pride provides opportunities to promote a supportive, equitable, and inclusive working environment where LGBTQ attorneys and professional staff — and their allies — can foster community and opportunity.
Women Doing Well While Doing Good
June Baldwin, Kris Cheh Beck, and Yemi Adegbonmire shared insights into achieving professional success while also making a difference in the world. We heard about their personal struggles and triumphs and how they balanced their career ambitions with their goal of making the world a better place.
Mentorship and sponsorship are fundamental to personal and professional growth. During our interactive discussion, our inspiring panelists shared their experiences and how these relationships have helped them find success and happiness.
The American Bar Association and other influential legal organizations formed the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being to take a comprehensive look at stress in the legal field. The task force’s report issued last fall called well-being an “indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence” and offered recommendations aimed at reducing attorney stress throughout the profession.