Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella we believe that diversity in the workplace allows us to be stronger advocates for our clients and enhances the quality of the legal services we provide. A diverse team of attorneys and support staff enables us to bring a broader, more dynamic perspective to the problems our clients face. Diversity also enriches the work atmosphere itself. We are committed both to recruiting and to fostering an environment in our workplace that is inclusive of all employees, regardless of gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
We have demonstrated success with including and promoting women at the firm. Women are encouraged to assume leadership positions in the firm and currently serve as practice group leaders and firm committee chairs.
- Women comprise more than 30% of Burke Warren's partners. Since 1992, Karen MacKay has been one of the only female name partners among large and mid-sized law firms in Chicago.
- Burke Warren’s Women’s Forum is actively engaged in promoting and celebrating the success of our professional women through networking, marketing opportunities, and educational events.
Following on our success with gender diversity, we are looking to address racial inequity in our legal community by increasing the number of racially diverse attorneys at the firm, creating equity and inclusiveness in the process. To that end, our firm's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is hosting a 3L Minority Internship Program commencing in the Fall of 2021. The Program is designed to enhance the legal careers of underrepresented racially diverse third-year law (3L) students by providing practical law firm experience as the participants begin a rewarding career in the field of law. In addition to providing participants with “hands on” work experience, the program seeks to establish lifelong professional relationships and nurture strong leadership skills. View details regarding the 2021 participants. For more information on the Program, please direct your inquiries to Cristalena Smith at 3Linternship@burkelaw.com.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
Firm partners John P. Stephens, Stephen H. Pugh, Susan Miller Overbey, Danielle J. Gould and Nicholas A. Gowen were appointed by Burke Warren’s Management Committee to recommend implementation of Burke Warren’s commitment to the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113 urging legal service providers to expand and create opportunities for diverse attorneys and staff. The firm's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is eliciting and evaluating ideas from inside and outside the firm to recommend ways in which the firm can continue to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels, with the specific purpose of increasing the number of diverse attorneys and providing them with opportunities to grow with the firm. The Committee also seeks to recognize and address issues of implicit bias that impact attorneys and staff in order to continue efforts to build a supportive and transparent environment. In accordance with ABA Resolution 113, the Committee should also recommend ways in which the firm may encourage corporate clients to direct a greater percentage of their legal spend towards diverse attorneys.