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Diversity & Inclusion

LCLD Leaders at the Front Diversity Initiative

Bracewell and its managing partner have pledged their commitment to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Leaders at the Front initiative, which is designed to dismantle systemic barriers that prevent underrepresented lawyers from achieving the highest levels of leadership within the legal industry.

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Community Involvement

Richard Whiteley
Richard Whiteley

I have served as a mentor for many law students and undergraduate students over the years, have led fundraising campaigns for the UH Law Fund, and was on the committee to help raise money for a new law school building. I also assisted in visits to the Texas legislature to lobby for public funding for the law school. When I was President of the UH Law Alumni Association, we formed the diversity and inclusion committee. I have assisted in recruiting new students through the Board of Visitors, and was very involved in legislative advocacy for the new medical school at UH.

– Richard Whiteley, University of Houston, Advisory Board Member

Steve Bolden
Steve Bolden

I have served as Chair of the J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation two times. Many would ask, why would you do it more than once? The organization has been for many lawyers of color, an avenue to obtain valuable leadership skills while at the same time making an impact in the Dallas/Fort Worth community. Each year, we raise thousands of dollars to provide scholarships to law students who are burdened with debt in an effort to help increase the pipeline. The organization has given so much to me and to others over the past 60 years, it makes it easy to be committed to service to the organization for a lifetime.

– Steve Bolden, Chair, J.L. Turner Legal Association Foundation

Kate McGregor
Kate McGregor

Harlem Lacrosse is a comprehensive, in-school intervention program that uses the sport of lacrosse as the "hook" to get kids engaged so we can help support them to do their best in the classroom and in their communities. Harlem Lacrosse actively recruits special education students and students identified by school administrators as most vulnerable to academic decline and school dropout. As a result, Harlem Lacrosse serves high poverty and special education students at rates that surpass those of our school sites.

– Kate McGregor, Harlem Lacrosse, Advisory Board Member

Tony Visage
Tony Visage

Houston House Foundation oversees the investment and distribution of assets of the endowment for the Ronald McDonald House in Houston. I am one of five trustees of the Foundation and we meet at least quarterly to receive updates and advice from our institutional investment advisors and to make decisions about investments of the Foundation’s assets and distributions to Ronald McDonald House Houston.

– Tony Visage, Ronald McDonald House Foundation, Trustee

Momentum Education Volunteer Program

Through the firm’s partnership with Momentum Education, we have developed a volunteer program in which attorneys have the opportunity to accrue billable-hour credit through community service. The organization aims to provide mentorship, in-school learning, summer opportunities and scholarships to low-income Houston area students to ensure that they have access to post-secondary education and employment.

Day of Service

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, each year the Diversity & Inclusion Committee hosts a firm-wide Day of Service. Bracewell employees and their families are invited to participate in giving back to the local community.

Pipeline Initiatives

Bracewell is committed to attracting and retaining the finest lawyers from all backgrounds. The firm works to increase the pool of racially and ethnically diverse legal talent through various internship opportunities and our 1L Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Program.

Partnerships & Sponsorships

Bracewell actively supports organizations to promote diversity both inside and outside of the firm. In addition to numerous student-run organizations, listed below are just a few of our national partnerships:

  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship
  • Diversity & Flexibility Alliance
  • Hispanic Bar Association
  • JL Turner Legal Association
  • Lambda Legal / Lavender Law 
  • Law Firm Antiracism Alliance 
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
  • LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Texas Diversity Council
  • Texas Minority Counsel Program
  • The Trevor Project