Diversity In Action

Barnes & Thornburg’s Diversity Committee has made recommendations for taking the firm’s diversity initiatives to the next level. Using those ideas as a springboard, the firm’s Managing Partner and firm management fashioned and approved a Diversity Action Plan. The plan outlines activities for recruitment and retention, mentoring, professional skills development programs and sponsorship of diversity-focused events.

To help improve the rate of retention of women and minorities, Barnes & Thornburg offers career development beginning with summer associates. Each summer associate works with two advisors who strive to ensure that the student’s experience is rewarding. Similarly, partner and associate advisors, as well as mentoring programs, assist in easing the transition from student to attorney for all new attorneys at the firm. Each year, the firm holds several diversity events and consistently schedules lunches with new minority attorneys and firm leadership.

Community Action
Barnes & Thornburg is pleased to offer support to the following diversity programs, diversity initiatives, organizations, and events that are located throughout the communities in which our offices reside:

  • American Immigration Council
  • American Indian Center
  • American Red Cross
  • Asian American Alliance
  • Asian Bar Association of Central Ohio
  • Asian Law Student Associations
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Indiana
  • Black Law Student Associations
  • Center for Leadership Development
  • Charting Your Own Course
  • Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Circle City Chapter of the Links
  • Columbus Bar Association Managing Partners Diversity Initiative
  • Constitutional Law Foundation
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • Council on Crime and Justice
  • David White Award & Scholarship
  • Down Syndrome Association
  • Dress for Success
  • Emma Norton Services
  • Equality Illinois
  • Euell A. Wilson Center
  • Floyd Skinner Minority Clerkship Program
  • Happy Hollow Children’s Camp
  • Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
  • Hispanic Law Student Associations
  • Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund
  • HNBA Annual Convention & Corp Counsel Conference
  • Human Rights Awareness Day
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Indiana Black Expo
  • Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity
  • Indiana Governor's Conference For Women
  • Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair
  • Indianapolis Mayor's Celebration of Diversity Luncheon
  • Japan – America Society of Indiana
  • Joseph Maley Foundation
  • Just the Beginning Foundation
  • Lambda Legal
  • Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity
  • LGBT Law Student Associations
  • LifeTown & Friendship Circle
  • Los Angeles Gay Lawyer's Association
  • Louis Redding Benefit & Awards Gala
  • Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative
  • March of Dimes March for Babies
  • Marion County Bar Association
  • Michigan Diversity Leadership Initiative
  • Michigan Women’s Tax Association
  • Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal Women’s Leadership Awards and Diversity in Business Awards
  • Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
  • Minnesota Hispanic Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • MLK Dream Classic Basketball Shootout
  • MLK Foundation
  • NAACP Chicago
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National Association for Women Business Owners
  • National Association of Students with Disabilities
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • National Bar Association
  • National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference
  • National Black Students Association
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Men
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • Neighborhood House
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • One Billion Rising Fort Wayne
  • People for Parks
  • Project Home Indy
  • Providence Cristo Rey High School
  • Race for All Races
  • Reach for Youth, Inc. Teen Court Program
  • Republican Women's Leadership Institute
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
  • Starfish Initiative
  • Tahirh Justice Center
  • The Junior Blind of America
  • The Mentor Teacher Brother Mock Trial
  • Twin Cities in Diversity in Practice Hiring and Retention Program
  • United Negro College Fund
  • United Way Executive Women’s Leadership Program & Leadership Training and Diversity Series
  • Upward Bound House
  • Urban League
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • VSA Indiana
  • West Michigan Women-Owned Business Certification Committee of the Women’s Business Enterprise
  • Wheeler Mission Center for Women & Children
  • Who's Who in Black Indianapolis
  • Women & Hi-Tech
  • Women Employed
  • Women in Leadership – Minnesota
  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Women’s Fund of Central Indiana
  • Women's Fund of Central Ohio
  • YWCA