We. Are. Committed.
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.
Diversity and inclusiveness are fundamental tenets of our firm. We pride ourselves on building diverse teams to work alongside our clients.
Sangeeta Shah, Chief Executive Officer
The Diversity Committee at Brooks Kushman oversees the firm’s diversity efforts with our Chief Inclusion Officer, Linda Mettes, at the helm of this effort. Linda works with members across the firm to ensure progression of the firm’s diversity goals.
Building a diverse team of professionals is a core focus at Brooks Kushman. To ensure that diverse professionals have the requisite tools to succeed, 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.
Diversity and Inclusion Beyond the Workplace
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 as well as pro bono programs to help uplift our communities. To further advance diversity in the legal profession and facilitate a healthy exchange of best practices, we have forged partnerships and relationships with key local, national, and international organizations such as the Corporate Counsel Women of Color, ChIPs Network, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Local Bar Associations, and the National Bar Association.
Partnering with organizations across the nation has allowed us to build toward a culture of teamwork, inclusion, passion and respect.
Linda Mettes, Chief Inclusion Officer
In addition to the various legal 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 one of 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.
Brooks Kushman is not only committed to fostering innovation, we are also committed to bettering the communities in which we live and work. Each quarter, we volunteer with and support a variety of programs and efforts, including organizations such as the , Gleaners, Forgotten Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. Throughout the years, our team has helped package tens of thousands of pounds of food, built houses for families in need, wrapped hundreds of presents for children spending time in the hospital during the holiday season, and much more
For years, we have also partnered with Detroit Cristo Rey High School. Through the school’s unique work-study program, students work one day each week at our firm. This work helps students finance most of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, realize the relevance of their education, and look forward to a brighter future.
Brooks Kushman is committed to promoting innovation and helping those that need assistance in bringing their products and services to the marketplace. Our attorneys partner with numerous non-profit organizations that allow us to provide this assistance and foster innovation while supporting our community.”
Frank Angileri, President, Brooks Kushman P.C.
Commitment to Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM):
A number of our attorneys serve the community through educational programs, including an IP Patch program for Girl Scouts in Michigan, which teaches girls and young women about a variety of technical and STEM-based career options. Our team also takes a proactive approach with educational systems across the state to educate young students on the importance of STEM and the various career opportunities within the field. We do this through mentorship, workshops, and hands-on learning opportunities through partnerships with the American Heart Association Go Red for Girls and the Unreal Campaign with INTA.
Commitment to Innovation:
At Brooks Kushman, we understand that entrepreneurs and small businesses often struggle to find funding for their ideas and the opportunity to develop their innovations. We don’t think these barriers should impede the creative process and stop a promising idea from succeeding. Because of this, many of our attorneys work with local, regional and national organizations to provide pro bono services for start-ups and small businesses to help protect their innovations. Click here to download our resource page for entrepreneurs.
Each year, Brooks Kushman collaborates with multiple programs to provide free and/or discounted services to best serve our community. Through programs like Automation Alley and various start-up competitions, our attorneys provide free intellectual property services to help expand and improve Michigan’s entrepreneurial community. Many of our attorneys also volunteer with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Pure Michigan Business Connect program to provide pro bono patent and trademark services to start-ups and small businesses.
In addition, Brooks Kushman partners with Wayne State University Law School to expand the impact of the Law School’s Patent Procurement Clinic. The strategic partnership provides Wayne Law with support to operate the Clinic on a year-round basis by including assistance from the firm’s experienced patent professionals. Brooks Kushman helps supplement the teaching and supervision provided by the Clinic faculty and provides Clinic clients with continuity of representation during periods when the Law School is not in session.
Some of our partnering organizations include: