Diversity and Inclusion
People First. It's how we treat each other.
From our inception, Kean Miller has recognized the value of diverse ethnic, cultural and racial backgrounds. We are committed to promoting a culture of inclusion, not only within the firm, but in the Louisiana and Texas communities where we live and work. The best evidence of this commitment is found in our statistics.
Kean Miller has one of the highest percentages of women attorneys and women partners of any major law firm, and we rank among firms having the highest percentages of minority attorneys. Currently we have 36% women attorneys and 10% minority attorneys. Among the partners, we have 10% minority partners and 28% women partners.
Kean Miller has joined the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD has grown to an organization of more than 265 Members, who serve as either general counsel of major corporations or managing partners of the nation's leading law firms. United by a spirit of activism and personal commitment, LCLD Members lead by example, taking action, and challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership.
LCLD programs are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture the talent in society and within legal organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership. By producing tangible results in the lives of talented individuals, LCLD works to promote inclusiveness in member institutions, circles of influence, and in society, with the ultimate goal of building a more open and diverse legal profession. LCLD is proud to include many of the nation's premier law firms in its membership, led by Managing Partners who are personally committed to building a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. <
We were recognized by the National Law Journal in its recent NLJ 500 survey of the nation's largest law firms as one of the top 20 firms in the United States for women attorneys. Our Women in Law score of 67.3 ranked Kean Miller 145 spots ahead of our closest Louisiana-based competitor, and almost 200 spots ahead of some of the largest law firms based in the South.
Kean Miller's ongoing commitment to gender and ethnic diversity was featured in a recent edition of the Baton Rouge Business Report. Our percentage of female attorneys (43.5%) among our Baton Rouge lawyers led among the five largest law firms in the Capital Region.
We were named one of the top 10 law firms in the United States for black attorneys by Law360 in 2016. Kean Miller ranked fourth in the survey.
Kean Miller's diversity statistics were featured in a recent edition of Baton Rouge Business Report. The survey of Baton Rouge law firms recognized Kean Miller as the top law firm in the region for its number of minority attorneys and minority partners.
Kean Miller is the highest-ranked Louisiana-based law firm in The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard 2016. Our score of 22.0 places us in the top 100 nationally.
The firm developed an active Diversity Council in 2003 to promote diversity awareness and initiatives within the firm and community. The Diversity Council includes attorneys from several practice areas, and representatives from our Management Committee, Recruiting Committee, Client Services team, Pro Bono team, and Human Resources team. Kean Miller is a member of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and participates in the many activities of the association.
Kean Miller continues to seek a more diverse environment by recruiting at all four law schools and regularly participating in state and regional minority law student job fairs. Among our 2018 summer law clerks, 33% were women and 33% were minorities. Of our class of new associates who started in September 2018, 100% were women.
We continue to emphasize recruiting efforts at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. Southern University is a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). Some of our efforts at Southern University Law Center include:
- Establishing a recruiting plan specifically for minority law students at the Southern University Law Center through the Kean Miller Recruiting Committee
- Establishing full Kean Miller scholarship and several cash awards for top law students at the Southern University Law Center
- Participating in on-campus interviews at the Southern University Law Center by minority attorneys from Kean Miller
- Regularly participating in the Southeast Minority Job Fair and recruiting events
- Regular participant in the Louisiana State Bar Minority Job Fair
The firm also encourages diversity in the profession by sponsoring law school scholarships awarded to minority law students.Women's Initiatives
Kean Miller is an active supporter of women’s initiatives and has been a primary sponsor of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Influential Women in Business award luncheon for over a decade. The firm has also sponsored such events as the annual Women in Business seminar conducted by the Entrepreneurship Institute at LSU's E. J. Ourso College of Business. This Women in Business series is designed to provide skills and training specifically geared toward the special needs of female entrepreneurs as they plan and start businesses.
Kean Miller is proud of its historical commitment to diversity and looks forward to continuing that commitment, as well as pursuing new opportunities that encourage diverse perspectives. Finally, Kean Miller is an excellent place to work. Our people, our best critics, praise the work environment and the advantage of being in a situation where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.