Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity here is a labor of love.
An inclusive work environment for all.
Our mission is to embed within our firm a sustainable framework that reinforces an environment of respect and inclusion, by fostering, valuing and engaging diversity of identity, perspective and experience for the benefit of our clients, colleagues and community.
Burns & Levinson will be a law firm where each person actively engages in the common goal of making the firm a more inclusive work environment for all.
At Burns & Levison, we aim to foster a work environment as inclusive and diverse as the skills and services we provide. Our commitment extends to every level and department of the firm. Our ever-growing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) initiatives strengthen the firm from the inside out: we actively recruit, support, and promote talent from all backgrounds to ensure that we value and utilize diverse perspectives, experiences, and skills that each individual contributes to our firm’s amazing client service.
Through a combination of firm policies, employee-led committees and affinity groups, and programming and training by renowned DEI experts and educators, we hold our commitment to the highest standards and actively seek ways to break down the next barriers.
4 Affinity Groups
BIPOC Affinity Group
Women’s Working Group
LGBTQ+ Affinity Group
Hours of annual billable credit you can claim for qualified activities, including DEI initiatives, pro bono service, continuing education, and mentorship activities.
External speaker Ellie Krug, Transgender Activist
BIPOC Panel – featuring external moderator Marguerite Fletcher, DEI practitioner and Chair of YW Boston’s Board of Directors, with panelists from within the firm
Women’s History Month – internal panel featuring women colleagues across different generations, ethnicities, and stages
Juneteenth Panel – panel of external speakers including Conan Harris, former Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and head of My Brother’s Keeper in Boston; Dan Mulhern, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; and Pastor B. Chris Sumner, community activist and spiritual leader
Pride Month – internal panel featuring LGBTQ+ partners
AAPI Month – featuring Vivian Wenhuey Chen, artist and former financial industry CEO, in conversation with partner Robert Chow
A pioneer of DEI in Boston – external speaker Colette Phillips, President & CEO in communications industry
Award-Winning Journalist & Activist – external speaker Reverend Liz Walker, pastor and Boston’s first Black TV news anchor on WBZ
External Groups We Work With
Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (AALAM)
The Boston Associates’ Networking Group (BANG)
Hispanic National Bar Assn (HNBA)
LGBT Chamber of Commerce (LGBTCC)
MA Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA)
Mass Black Lawyers (MBLA)
Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA)
Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
SABA Greater Boston (the South Asian Bar Association)
Women’s Bar Association (WBA)
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