- Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Hinshaw Affinity Networks
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Recognitions
- Leaders in Professional Organizations
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has a longstanding commitment to ensuring that our firm reflects the diversity of the world in which we practice. We encourage our diverse (ethnic/racial minorities, female and/or LGBTQ) attorneys to participate in organizations and associations that enhance their professional, civic and cultural development. Hinshaw's affinity networks help engage these groups of attorneys with the legal and business communities, sponsoring, presenting and attending events as well as supporting causes of concern to their particular communities. Hinshaw believes that encouraging and supporting our attorneys in diversity efforts creates positive business, economic and social consequences for our firm and the communities we serve.
We focus on three-fold objectives:
- Attorney Development — to help our diverse attorneys become the best legal practitioners in their respective fields of concentration.
- Relationship Building — to establish and foster bonds of trust that make our client, practice, and industry teams stronger and more inclusive.
- Civic Engagement — to enable our firm, attorneys, and professional staff to become leaders and agents of change in our respective communities and to partner with current and prospective clients in unique ways.
We are proud to share that Hinshaw has committed to the following impactful DE&I initiatives:
- Building on our pilot Hinshaw DEI Matters Rule and in fulfillment of one of the commitments in the Hinshaw Black Attorneys Matter Referendum, the firm is proud to have achieved the 2022 Mansfield Certification. We became a signatory to the Mansfield Rule 5.0 in 2021 and expanded our commitment in 2022, with participation in the Mansfield Rule 6.0. The program is designed to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. Law firms that sign onto the Mansfield Rule agree to consider at least 30 percent women 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. New with the 6.0 Rule, firms must consider 30 percent underrepresented talent for C-suite roles. A "Certification Plus" was also added that evaluates whether firms have achieved diversity in leadership, not just considered it. To attain this higher level of certification, firms' advancement and compensation processes must now be transparent internally.
- Hinshaw's Black Attorneys Matter Referendum represents our firm's commitment to further the interests of racial justice by the development of initiatives that will focus on Black and other diverse attorneys. The goals are to strengthen Hinshaw's diversity and inclusion efforts; integrate diversity into client experiences; and position Hinshaw as a law firm leader that celebrates differences as a key strength.
- Our firm has been a founding sponsor of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) program and has been fortunate to have a fellow selected to several classes since 2011. Founded in 2009, the LCLD Committee has grown to an organization of more than 350 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 Committee members participate widely in the programs they've created—leading by example, taking action, and challenging the legal profession to prepare future generations of diverse talent for the highest positions of leadership. View our firm's LCLD Committee members.
- Our Summer Diversity Scholarship is offered each year to diverse law students for their final year of law school. This year, we will award two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to 2L (rising 3L) diverse students graduating in Spring 2024 who have demonstrated academic excellence. Visit our Summer Diversity Scholarship page for more information.
- In 2022, we are also offering an LGBTQ+ Summer Fellowship to law students who are graduating in Spring 2023 and who have a strong interest in advancing the LGBTQ+ community within the legal profession. Visit our Summer LGBTQ+ Fellowship page for more information.