Diversity and inclusiveness are fundamental tenets of our firm. Brooks Kushman recognizes the essential role that diverse perspectives and experiences bring to our workplace and our ability to service our clients. We further understand that we are well placed to serve as change agents in our communities at large and as such it is imperative that we lead by example.
Brooks Kushman’s diversity efforts are overseen by a Diversity Committee and chaired by our Chief Diversity Officer, Sangeeta G. Shah — who works closely with the firm’s management committee to ensure that the firm’s diversity goals are met.
Building a diverse team of professionals is a core focus at Brooks Kushman. Our institutional commitment to diversity has manifested itself in a number of ways, including recruiting efforts, a robust mentoring and training program, partner coaches and affinity groups – to ensure that diverse professionals have the requisite tools to succeed.
Our commitment extends beyond our workplace and includes the creation of numerous pipeline initiatives to help pave the path for future diverse professionals and outreach and pro bono programs to help uplift the less fortunate in our communities. Among our various initiatives, we are currently partners with Cristo Rey high school in Detroit where we host student interns and help pay for school tuition. Brooks Kushman is a law firm partner in the Judicial Extern Program organized by the Wolverine Bar Association and the Eastern District of Michigan—through which first-year minority students are hired for a split-summer clerkship with Brooks Kushman and the Federal Bar. Brooks Kushman is also the only law firm participating in the national Challenge Detroit initiative – one of the largest urban revitalization projects in history which places 30 leaders in positions at the most innovative companies in Detroit. And, on at least a quarterly basis, Brooks Kushman employees engage in community outreach projects– partnering with such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and Gleaners Food Bank.
Additionally, to further diversity in the legal profession as a whole and facilitate a healthy exchange of best practices, we have forged partnerships and relationships with key local, national, and international organizations such as the Oakland County Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and the National Bar Association.
On an individual level, many at Brooks Kushman hold leadership positions with various charitable and civic organizations, including United Way, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Metropolitan Detroit Pipeline Coordinating Council and the Boys and Girls Club of Detroit.
Through its multi-prong efforts, Brooks Kushman is committed to its diversity and inclusion efforts at the firm, in the legal profession, and the communities that we serve.