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I, Taylor Wilson, personally commit to the following:

Personal Commitment

  • Use my leadership position and voice as a catalyst for meaningful progress and to underscore its urgency.
  • Demonstrate through my words and actions a true and authentic commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Advocate for a culture of inclusion, not just through the practice of law but in professional interactions in the business and legal community.
  • Recommend that our Executive Committee, Board of Directors and other members of firm leadership closely examine their decision-making processes for bias.
  • Meet with Haynes and Boone’s LCLD Pathfinders and Fellows to discuss current issues on at least a quarterly basis.
  • Sponsor and mentor at least one diverse associate at our firm.
  • Hold Haynes and Boone accountable for the commitments listed within this pledge.

Organizational Commitment

Haynes and Boone will continue the pursuit of its goal to be a market leader in diversity, equity and inclusion, as set forth in the firm’s strategic plan. To this end, the firm commits to doing the following within the next year:

  • Emphasize education and training for all attorneys on diversity, equity and inclusion to help attorneys learn how to recognize and disrupt unconscious bias and have a strong understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Conduct a thoughtful review of attorney recruitment with the goal of improving recruitment of diverse talent that will be successful at our firm.
  • Focus on additional processes and programs to assist the integration into our firm of new diverse attorneys.
  • Continue to encourage real-time feedback to all associates.
  • Evaluate our efforts to consider diversity in our promotions and appointments processes.
  • Examine succession planning policies to determine ways to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Explore ways to recognize and reward exceptional commitment by attorneys to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
  • Host an LCLD lunch or virtual meeting.
  • Use formal and informal check-ins with our diverse attorneys to gauge the effectiveness of our diversity, equity and inclusion programs and attorney integration process.
  • Evaluate and revise this pledge at the end of the year.