Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs, Policies and Practices
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a significant principle in our firm’s culture. We strive to support organizations that have the same ideals as we do and we are honored to work with clients who further diversity, inclusion and antiracism at their institutions.
Diversity and Inclusion Policy:
Keegan Werlin LLP is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture but our reputation. We embrace our employees’ differences in age, color, ethnicity, family and marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee:
Keegan Werlin LLP’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee was created to further the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and assist in their strategy and planning as well as take concrete action within our community to bring about position change toward racial justice and equity for all people. We are committed to the furtherance of antiracism, defined as the creation and proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment and outcomes for all. We believe that racial equity is achieved when no group experiences an advantage or disadvantage on the basis of race or ethnicity.
Diversity and Inclusion Action Programs and Involvement
Keegan Werlin LLP is serious about furthering diversity, inclusiveness and antiracism within the firm, the legal profession, and the broader community. We believe that diversity and inclusion can, in part, be meaningfully fostered by action on the community level. To that point, we maintain and will continue to develop memberships with organizations that we have vetted and found to have the structure and leadership in place to advance diversity, inclusion and antiracism in the legal community, consistent with Keegan Werlin LLP’s beliefs. We also encourage engagement of our employees in the discussion and development of policies regarding recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse workforce at all levels of Keegan Werlin LLP.
In keeping with our commitment to community involvement, as a firm, we have partnered with two external resources, Bottom Line of Massachusetts and Crossroads of Massachusetts, to work with and mentor students from primarily low-income and first generation college-seeking backgrounds. We strongly support these partner organizations in their missions to foster high school and college students to succeed in their life visions and help them to define career goals. Keegan Werlin is actively involved at a personal level with career networking, micro-internships, interview prep, job shadows and mentoring students from these organizations.
Keegan Werlin sponsors job shadowing programs with Boston Public Schools, has volunteered with the Essex County Habitat for Humanity, and attends a number of community programs such as Teen Challenge, College Bound Dorchester, the Inner City Scholarship Fund, Camp Courant, Pitching in for Kids, New England Women in Energy and the Environment and other groups.
Keegan Werlin is also a member of the national Law Firm Antiracist Alliance (“LFAA”), a consortium of law firms with the shared vison to use our collective talents and resources to assist all people in our communities who can benefit from a more equal society. As stated in its charter, the purpose of the LFAA is “To leverage the resources of the private bar in partnership with legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law.”
Inclusion and Diversity Suppliers
When choosing suppliers, we opt to utilize venders who are champions of diversity whenever possible.
Keegan Werlin LLP is proud to be a corporate partner with:
Bottom Line helps first-generation students from low-income backgrounds get into college, graduate, and go far in life.
Change a Life. Change Everything. At Crossroads, we believe that long-term empowerment programs plus consistent positive relationships are the keys to transforming youth who risk being defined by their past into young adults capable of defining their futures.
Being antiracist requires work on many fronts. LFAA recognizes and embraces the role that law firms, particularly when acting collectively, can play to help bring about systemic change and racial equity in the law. LFAA’s goal is simple: racial equity. Facilitating pro bono work is the primary mechanism by which we pursue this goal.