Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion
Bowditch & Dewey’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through its programs and policies and the Firm’s active involvement in and support of its surrounding communities. The Firm's diversity initiatives are closely integrated with its mentoring, professional development and flexible-work programs. By collaborating with clients, nonprofit organizations and bar associations, the Firm supports and encourages diversity awareness and inclusion within the communities it serves.
Our Diversity Committee is chaired by a partner and the group, among other things, hosts quarterly educational lunches with personnel and sponsors internal and external events.
One of the main priorities of our Diversity Committee is the recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers and staff. Members of the Diversity Committee also sit on the Hiring Committee for Summer Associates. The firm posts open positions with diversity-related organizations.
We invite you to read our blog LGBTQ Legal Issues, providing news & legal analysis on issues affecting the LGBTQ community. It is the only blog of its kind produced by a law firm of significant size.
Commitment to Diversity and ProgressObtaining the most qualified individuals requires actively seeking applicants from all walks of life. The firm’s Hiring Partner and Human Resources Director strive to obtain job applications from a diverse pool. The firm participates in various internship programs that focus on introducing the field of law to minority college and high school students.
Internships and externships:
- Bottom Line
- Bruce Wells Scholars Summer Work Study Program
- The Nelson Fellowship Program
Internal ProgramsBowditch & Dewey continues to be a leader in eliminating such barriers and in encouraging diversity. The Firm is as flexible as reasonably possible in accommodating people with special needs, such as the handicapped, those with chronic illnesses, and those with small children or elderly parents in need of care.
- Diversity Initiative/Training
- Balanced Hours Policy
- Women’s Initiative
- Mentor Program
- Civic and Community Involvement
Women's Initiatives for Client DevelopmentInternally, as part of the Women’s Initiative, we host quarterly meetings for the female attorneys and senior administrative staff. During these meetings, we report on diversity initiatives with external organizations with which we are involved and ensure that we maintain our ongoing presence at diversity-related organizations. Also during these meetings, we focus on career advancement by discussing business books.
Throughout the year, we hold client appreciation networking events for our female clients. Additionally, every female attorney and our male managing partner is a member of the Women’s Bar Association.
Read a more detailed description of our Women’s Group.
Civic & Bar InvolvementOur attorneys and staff don’t just show up. We contribute to the diversity-related events/programs and to the boards and committees on which we serve. This is well-known in the communities in which we serve. We are involved with, but not limited to, the following diversity-related organizations:
- Alliance for MetroWest Unity’s John P. Garrahan MetroWest Community Prayer Breakfast
- International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL)
- Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
- United Way of Central Massachusetts’, including Women’s Initiatives, Stepping Up for Girls, and Day of Caring
- YWCA's Stand Against Racism
- Worcester Judicial Youth Corps
- Centro Las Americas, Inc.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
- Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
- LGBTQ Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association / Women's Bar Foundation
- Worcester Young Women’s Association
- Center for Living & Working
- National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys
Pro BonoMany of the firm’s attorneys provide pro bono services to individuals who would otherwise not be able to obtain quality legal representation. One particular matter of note is Sophie C. Currier, et al v. National Board of Medical Examiners, where a number of attorneys in the firm devoted countless pro bono hours to a case involving the rights of women who are nursing.
On April 13, 2012, a unanimous Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that breast-feeding mothers are entitled to special accommodations to allow them sufficient time to pump milk during lengthy testing for medical licensure.
Read a more detailed description of our Pro Bono & Community Partnerships.