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Boldly shining light I wouldn’t say I was scared of the dark as a kid, but I did keep a flashlight near me and a clear path to a light switch for the moment the sun went down. Full disclosure: I still do, but now I get to call it being a responsible parent. Anyway, while my expressions were much more elementary as a child, I took such measures to keep light proximate because I was very clear about this truth: light and darkness have no communion. When light presents, darkness does not recede – it’s eradicated immediately.
During our firm’s eighth annual Celebration of Diversity Dinner a few months back, I remarked to our guests that these times in which we are currently living are challenging ones. “Darkness” in a myriad of respects, abounds. Accordingly, when working through the scope of this, our final installment of “All In” for the year, we labored over whether we should downplay any celebratory tone in this edition to not seem insensitive to reality. Reality, though, is, well…relative. I mean, yes, there are a lot of things in this world right now that are less than ideal, if one is looking for such. But a friend reminded me recently that doing so is an exercise in futility, and, instead, we should expend our energy in pursuit and expression of good – because focusing in this regard is illuminating. Reminds me of my childhood revelation about the power of light.
So we reject any and all notions of downplaying anything, and instead end the year how we began – boldly! Boldly celebrating the great work being done by our colleagues, clients, and community leaders and organizations to promote lasting change and true inclusion in our illustrious profession and beyond – i.e., boldly shining light! Does darkness still exist? Of course. But we are committed to this work. We are committed to “better,” on Dawn R. Rosemond, Partner, Director of Diversity, Professional a wholesale level. So if we have Development and Inclusion anything to say about it, such will have to do so outside of our sphere of influence! Enjoy this newsletter and best wishes for the new year!
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In The Indiana Lawyer’s article, “Black lawyers who rose through ranks of larger firms see vast changes,” Alan Mills was featured, with other Indianapolis attorneys, talking about the change in diversity and inclusion at law firms throughout the years.
Christine McCarthy was featured in an article, “Women in IP Law: Balancing Science, Technology and the Bar,” in the summer 2017 edition of Diversity & the Bar, published by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Christine McCarthy
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In a feature published by Columbus Business First, Katrina Thompson, an attorney in the Columbus office, talks about being the daughter of a Brazilian immigrant father who is a big believer in the American dream. Katrina reminds others to “be humble and work as if you always have something to prove.” Katrina Thompson
Adey Adenrele’s involvement in the creation of the Police Interaction and Accountability Community Forum was featured in an article, “Take ‘the talk’ public,” in the Indianapolis Recorder on Sept. 28. The forum is a partnership with in the Indiana State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.
In his article, “What One Law Firm Leader Learned About Diversity From His Clients,” published by The American Lawyer, Bob Grand recapped his conversations with a handful of clients about what diversity and inclusion means to them and their company’s culture. Bob Grand
Deb Hallberg was recognized as a 2017 Summer Golden Laurel honoree by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine during a reception on July 27. The Golden Laurel reception honored women who have excelled as business professionals and community leaders.
Julie Veldman Harris works to connect diverse Notre Dame students with alumni to help ease them into the practice of law as a member of the diversity and inclusion committee of the Notre Dame Law School Board of Directors. Julie Veldman Harris
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Honoring Chicago’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Trailblazers
More than 300 legal and business and community leaders gathered on Aug. 16 in Chicago to honor the personal and professional contributions and commitment to diversity, justice and civil rights of three noted trailblazers at Barnes & Thornburg’s eighth annual Celebration of Diversity dinner: Reverend Jesse L. Jackson; National Minority Supplier Development Council President Joset Wright-Lacy; and Clement Martin, president of Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School. There is no way to adequately communicate the magnitude of the evening. Give a listen to some of the attendees in the videos at left.
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1. From left: Bob Grand, office managing partner; Mark Rust, Chicago office managing partner; honoree Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.; Dawn Rosemond, director of diversity, professional development and inclusion; honoree Clement Martin; honoree Joset Wright-Lacy; keynote speaker Shari Runner; honoree Gaynor Hall; Santita Jackson, Rev. Jackson’s daughter; and Richard Boykin. 2. Joset Wright-Lacy gives remarks. 3. Kara Kapke and Hillary Close of the Indianapolis office. 4. Richard Boykin addresses the crowd. 5. Richard Boykin, Dawn Rosemond, the Honorable Oran Whiting and Michael Battle of the Washington, D.C., office. 6. Heather Willey (right) of the Indianapolis office talks with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
bold moves. bold c hange . ‘Good for the Soul’ Event Honors Trailblazing Women In 1964, Shirley Shideler set the pace for women lawyers in Indiana. In that year, she became the first female associate at Barnes & Thornburg and in 1971 became the first woman to be named a partner in a large Indiana law firm, paving the way for women across the state. Shirley died in 2003, and the firm honors her trailblazing legacy with an annual reception, spearheaded by Indianapolis partner Nick Kile. “I thoroughly enjoyed this event...it was good for the soul,” said an attendee. This year’s Shirley’s Legacy event recognized five prominent female lawyers in Indiana. Honored this year were: Judi Sobecki, U.S. general counsel, The AES Corporation; Sharon Barner, vice president and general counsel, Cummins Inc.; Erin Roth, senior From left, Sharon Barner, Cynthia Kretz, Erin Roth, Carrie Hightman and Judi Sobecki. vice president, general counsel and secretary, Wabash National Corporation; Carrie Hightman, executive vice president and chief legal officer, NiSource Inc.; and Cynthia Kretz, vice president and general counsel, Cook Group Inc.
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Inaugural Event Connects Women in Atlanta Clients and friends of the firm gathered to make connections at the Atlanta office’s Connecting Our Connections: Barnes & Thornburg’s Inaugural Atlanta Women’s Event on Aug. 25. Kara Cleary and Abby Vineyard of the Atlanta office hosted the networking opportunity for women, with approximately 40 guests in attendance.
“I knew this would be a unique opportunity for women in the Atlanta business community. Our guests really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and fun networking games. We plan to make this event an annual gathering connecting the Atlanta business community.” - Kara Cleary, Barnes & Thornburg
Barnes & Thornburg recognized as a 2017 Top Law Firm Diversity Advocate Multicultural Law Magazine
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Connecting With Students Through Pivotal Experiences in the Workplace Cherie Hughes dreams of becoming a lawyer so she can address the injustices she sees in her everyday life, and now the high-schooler is even more determined to make that happen after experiencing life at a law firm this summer. Cherie interned in Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles office through the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Expanding Horizons Internship (EHI) program, which offers first-generation, college-bound students opportunities to experience life in the workplace.
I am an associate in the Litigation Department of the firm’s Indianapolis office. I am also a first-generation American and the daughter to two Mexican immigrant factory workers.
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I grew up in Indiana with six siblings and was the first in my family to attend college. Unlike me, my parents were not afforded the luxury of an education. My mother only attended first grade and my father finished junior high before having to work full-time. My parents, like many Latinos who travel to distant unfamiliar territory, have made countless sacrifices for the promise of a better future. As such, the choice of following a higher education path was not difficult for me.
“Cherie is a go-getter who made it her mission to meet everyone in the firm’s offices,” said Melanie Mawema, Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles office administrator. “She worked tirelessly in a variety of departments and brought her vibrant energy to the office each day”
“Because of my parents’ belief that an education paves the way to a brighter future, it is important for me to be an advocate, mentor and role model to Latino and Hispanic students.”
Cherie’s internship ended with an event that brought interns, sponsors and parents together to celebrate the accomplishments of the program and its students. Cherie took to the podium and spoke about how much she enjoyed working at the Barnes & Thornburg office. She spoke about how grateful she was for the opportunity and how she feels even more determined now to succeed and attend a university in the near future.
Because of my parents’ belief that an education paves the way to a brighter future, it is important for me to be an advocate, mentor and role model to Latino and Hispanic students. In law school, I was involved with the IU McKinney Hispanic Law Society. Today, I’m fortunate to have the support of the firm to continue my effort in contributing to the educational growth and success of the Hispanic community.
“There were many rewarding moments throughout her time with us, but watching Cherie graduate from the program was the most rewarding,” Melanie said. “Seeing her at the podium, I realized that Barnes & Thornburg succeeded in impacting the life of a deserving young woman from a low-income neighborhood who has a bright future ahead.”
Cherie Hughes, pictured middle, with her mom (right) and Melanie Mawema of Barnes & Thornburg (left).
By Ladene Mendoza
One of the events that Barnes & Thornburg has sponsored for several years is the Indianapolis Latino Institute’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Annual Luncheon held each September. I am grateful for the firm’s sponsorship, which allows me and others to embrace and share our Latino heritage with colleagues, but most importantly, I am grateful for the support this sponsorship provides to Hispanics and Latinos all across Indiana. To me, it serves as a symbol of respect for diversity, inclusion, unity and equality.
From left: Kelsey Dilday, Portia Bailey-Bernard, Neal Brackett, Ladene Mendoza and Justine Farris of Barnes & Thornburg at the Indiana Latino Institute annual luncheon.
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Lesson in Inclusion Q&A with Amber Bollman Business Development Manager, Barnes & Thornburg
Q: What do you find most challenging about the legal industry/law/your job? A: The most challenging part of my job is the thing I love the most about it – and that’s the variety. Every day is different and involves juggling a very broad mix of projects, with different attorneys and departments. In this role, I end up getting looped into a little bit of everything and touching many parts of the firm, which keeps work fun and interesting.
we also host educational programs and mixers for our members. We raise money for scholarships that our organization awards and host a community Thanksgiving celebration.
Q: What is your role in the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee?
As a member of Barnes & Thornburg’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Amber Bollman, a business development manager in the Indianapolis office, works closely with our attorneys to develop strategies for expanding opportunities for new business. Her passion for the community is evidenced through her work as a member of Lambda Legal, the Legal Marketing Association and Indy Pride. She is a lawyer by training, but has worked in the legal marketing field for several years. We talked to Amber about her role and work in the community.
Amber: I became a member of the committee this summer, so my involvement is fairly new. I think that it is valuable to work to ensure that inclusion isn’t just a focus of one committee. It’s something that is ingrained as part of the fabric of the firm, across all departments, all roles, all offices. I’m hoping I can help achieve that goal and put my own personal passion about this issue to good use. Q: What community/legal organizations are you involved in? Amber: I serve on the board of directors of Indy Pride, an organization that holds the annual Circle City IN Pride Festival and Parade and a variety of Pride events each June. The parade and festival are definitely what most people know us for, but throughout the course of the year
From left: Ken Inskeep, Amber Bollman and Don Thomas of Barnes & Thornburg joined Mark and Dawn Rosemond at the Lambda Legal Indiana Benefit. Dawn is the firm’s director of diversity, professional development and inclusion.
For the past two years, I’ve also been involved with Lambda Legal’s Indiana Benefit. This year, we raised nearly Barnes & Th $200,000 for Lambda Legal, which Celebr ornburg advocates for LGBTQ and HIV-positive Nation ates people, pushing for public policy, al Co Out Da ming leading public education campaigns and y representing clients in impact litigation Oct. 11 across the country. The firm has been a high-level sponsor of Lambda Legal’s Indiana Benefit for several years and Steve Thornton of the Indianapolis office was its longtime chair. Ken Inskeep of the Indianapolis office and his wife, Krisztina, have been incredible supporters of the organization. They served as co-chairs of the event in 2016 and this year, Krisztina received the Leadership Award for her work in the community. Q: Why is it important to boldly shine a light on diversity? Amber: I think it’s important for our firm to demonstrate a strong and genuine commitment to diversity for a few reasons. Although we’ve made progress, the legal industry is still one that looks pretty homogenous. There are still very real struggles, and we need to hold ourselves accountable across all areas of our operations. It’s important to spotlight diversity and be very deliberate in our efforts to be more inclusive because, if we don’t, we continue to have the status quo. Finally, I think distinguishing ourselves as a firm that is serious about being inclusive makes us tremendously more attractive to potential recruits for all positions. It’s certainly something that impacted my decision to come to Barnes & Thornburg. When smart, talented people can see themselves working in your environment and being able to bring their full identities to the office every day, that is invaluable. I am an openly gay woman, the first in my family to go to college, who never knew an attorney when I was growing up. As a kid, I’m not sure it would have ever crossed my mind that a law firm like this would be a place I could fit in and do well. But decades later, here I am – and I love it. So when we have a workforce that is broad and inclusive and an environment that is open and welcoming and celebrates people’s unique qualities, good people will be drawn to that. We will become a more vibrant, successful business as a result.
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Empowerment in action The firm’s director of diversity, professional development and inclusion, Dawn Rosemond (who also has a leadership and personal development platform called “REIGN”), recently led an event hosted by the Minneapolis office encouraging women to step up and lead within their organizations. The event or rather, the REIGNclass®, as Dawn calls them, entitled “Big Talk About Getting Out of Your Own Way” discussed what “boss presence” is, the fact that we all have it, the importance of owning it, and the obligation as women in leadership to purposefully “rock it,” as she says, at work and beyond.
“One of the main takeaways I had from Dawn’s empowering talk is that we need to carry ourselves in a high regard, even on our worst days, because if you don’t perceive yourself to be a ‘queen’ or important, others won’t either. I think that is a really powerful message and, as women, we need to remind ourselves and our female peers of our importance.” - Jen Starken, Barnes & Thornburg
Diversity Includes Me By John Wilford Practicing diversity includes reaching out to all peoples, not only those with different racial backgrounds, color and gender, but also extending a helping hand to those with disabilities. Barnes & Thornburg has shown its compassion to the communities they serve by supporting those with disabilities and focusing on the strengths of people, not their illnesses.
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Case in point, I have a mental illness, but was hired for my strengths, not out of pity or gratuity. Barnes & Thornburg has supported me and those with this type of illness by contributing to the establishment of a new facility in St. Joseph County that specializes in advocating for adults with a mental illness. This program, called Clubhouse, uses an internationally recognized model for recovery also supported by the U.S. government through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its subsidiary, National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). A Clubhouse provides a work-based environment to those suffering a serious mental illness (SMI) in order to create a safe, non-judgmental arena in which to live recovery. A Clubhouse welcomes all adults with an SMI diagnosis, regardless of the nature of the illness. Barnes & Thornburg recognizes the need of those suffering from the stigma of an SMI, and has participated in the Transitional Employment (TE) program, hiring several members of which I am one. Eventually, I was hired as a regular part-time employee and have served the firm for 10 years now, including being the recipient of Commitment to Community Award in 2015. Barnes & Thornburg also has contributed in kind to the Clubhouse’s legal needs and continues funding to help ensure sustainability of the Clubhouse. This support helps offset the $50 a day cost per member, compared to the $1,600 to $2,000 per day cost of institutionalization in a psychiatric hospital or of incarceration. Many members spent years in institutions and, for a small fraction of the cost, stay out of the hospital, in my case for nine years, by attending Clubhouse on a regular basis. Barnes & Thornburg has demonstrated its compassion for the mentally ill, time and time again. A retired partner sits on the board of directors of the Clubhouse of St. Joseph County and has been instrumental in getting the new Clubhouse off the ground and onto a solid footing. In short, Barnes & Thornburg takes its commitment to diversity seriously and demonstrably. *John Wilford is a facilities assistant in the South Bend office of Barnes & Thornburg. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Clubhouse of St. Joseph County. Continue the Conversation Online Click on the YouTube icon throughout this newsletter for more on our people, events and initiatives.
bold moves. bold c hange . Eliminating Bias in Legal Hiring
Continuing the Commitment Leadership Council on Legal Diversity annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16-17.
By Lee Hutton and Tina Syring Our social and work environment fabric demands a discussion on diversity and inclusion. While individuals and corporations are navigating this, the next step is determining how to effectively utilize diverse teams in company culture and business pitches and in unifying the organization. The American Bar Association (ABA) has tasked law firms with creating and expanding opportunities at all levels of responsibility for diverse attorneys. Law firms are responding by doing the following to eliminate bias in legal hiring:
Make it a priority and mean it. The ABA urges firms seeking to be hired to
Develop talent. A leadership program helps cultivate a pipeline of qualified attorneys. Law firms are developing programs with curriculums designed to address leadership challenges specific to women and minorities to ensure promotion opportunities across the board.
Bob Grand is pictured, middle, with Dawn Rosemond, right.
complete the Model Diversity Survey, which will help the legal profession reflect the public it serves, and encourages companies to depend on this survey when hiring outside counsel.
Listen to clients’ demand for change. In 2016, more than 20 general counsels and chief legal officers from Fortune 1000 companies signed a letter pledging to uphold the ABA’s diversity resolution and urged other key in-house legal counsel to use the ABA’s model diversity survey to measure the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion in the legal teams they engage. Corporate law departments have the clout to demand more diversity from their law firms and are using their platform to ask for changes to their legal teams.
With an increased focus on diversity and inclusion, staffing legal matters with diverse attorneys meets the needs of the client and goals of the law firm. Law firms can advance business relationships by not just saying a woman, minority or disabled person is on the legal team, but by having that person become an integral part of the relationship. *Lee Hutton and Tina Syring are attorneys in Barnes & Thornburg’s Minneapolis office.
Leading High-Performance Teams Business and community leaders gathered at the Indianapolis office for a panel discussion cohosted by the Kelley Indianapolis MBA Women’s Association (KIMWA) that included Tabitha Meier of the Indianapolis office and Dawn Rosemond of the Fort Wayne office. Tabitha and Dawn, along with Barb Cutillo of Next Level IQ and Stonegate Mortgage, Amy Green of Eli Lilly and Company, and Julie Manning Magid of the Randall Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence and the Kelley School of Business, detailed their strategies behind leading highperformance teams. They discussed all things recruiting, how to establish an inclusive climate and tips for negotiating long-term success.
Columbus Office Hosts Gender Norms Discussion The Gender Norms Toolkit, designed by the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, encourages small-group conversations on gender norms in the legal professions. Barnes & Thornburg’s Columbus office has hosted a number of these important discussions. At the latest event, nearly 75 legal professionals from Central Ohio joined Kelly Atkinson and Bill Nolan of Barnes & Thornburg in the firm’s Columbus office to discuss ways to challenge social norms and generate change.
An article written by Dawn Rosemond, ”Boldly ‘All In’ - Driving Diversity and Inclusion and Making Strides,” was featured in Savoy Magazine, Fall 2017 Lee Hutton
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Fostering our talent Involvement Grows in Asian Pacific American Bar Associations Indiana State Bar Association Presents APABA-IN With Rabb Emison Award APABA-IN was presented with the 2017 Rabb Emison Award by the Indiana State Bar Association. The Rabb Emison Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and equality in the legal profession. David Wong of Barnes & Thornburg is pictured (second from the left) with some of the members of the APABA-IN board of directors.
First Asian Pacific American Lawyers Banquet a Success Barnes & Thornburg is proud to be involved in the growing Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Indiana (APABA-IN). The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. Mark Kittaka of the Fort Wayne office, and David Wong, Naomi Kwang and Kate Jung of the Indianapolis office partnered with APABA-IN to host the association’s first banquet on Oct. 12 in the Indianapolis office. Mark and David serve on the board and Naomi and Kate are members of APABA-IN. The event, held in the firm’s Indianapolis office, featured professor and retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. as the keynote speaker. Pictured left to right: Oni Harton and Leon Kong of Barnes & Thornburg, along with Mark Kittaka, Professor Frank Sullivan Jr., David Wong, Kate Jung and Naomi Kwang.
Attorneys Attend National Convention of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Mary Sennes of the Minneapolis office, Mark Kittaka of the Fort Wayne office, Anthony Son of the Minneapolis office and John Meyers of the Atlanta office attended the 2017 National Convention of NAPABA in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2-5. More than 2,100 Asian-Pacific law firm attorneys, in-house counsel, judges and law students attended. Mary Sennes moderated a panel of in-house attorneys from Target, 3M Company, Best Buy Co., Inc., McDonald’s Corporation and Amazon Studios. The panelists focused on strategies and best practices for inhouse counsel dealing with clients in challenging situations. At the event, NAPABA partnered with the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (NAPALSA) to host a Mary Sennes of Barnes & Thornburg pictured left with a panelist. national law student conference to assist the next generation of APA lawyers develop the skills and relationships necessary to succeed and thrive in this challenging profession. This is the sixth consecutive year the firm has sponsored this conference.
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Kate Jung Shares Her Journey to Patent Law
Q: What do you find challenging about patent law?
It takes a love of science and of figuring out how things function to be a patent attorney. In Kate Jung, we found both. Kate is an associate in our Indianapolis office, and her practice focuses on patent preparation, prosecution and associated matters in the electrical, computer and software arts. She’s been with us since 2015 and will finish her master’s of science degree in electrical and computer engineering next year. Finding talented, diverse young attorneys to join our intellectual property team has been a goal of the firm’s, and we think we’ve hit it out of the park with Kate. Learn more about her in this Q&A.
Kate: One of the exciting tasks of being a patent attorney is trying to distinguish between a client’s invention disclosed in a patent application and inventions that already exist. What I find challenging sometimes is when the invention I am trying to distinguish is one of the client’s earlier inventions, and I need to develop a strategy that will distinguish the new invention without undermining the value of the earlier one. However, as I carefully construct arguments to emphasize “I love the fact that the work I do unique features of the present continues to challenge me every day invention, I feel a sense of accomplishment in my work. I and those challenges make me feel love the fact that the work I do engaged, connected and fulfilled.” continues to challenge me every day and those challenges make me feel engaged, connected and fulfilled.
Q: Why did you become an attorney?
Kate: I have always been interested in learning and analyzing new technologies. Whenever Apple or Samsung launches new smartphones, I am one of the first people to learn about the technology and inform friends and family about the new features. I am not proud of this, but I usually switch my phone every time a new smartphone launches. My husband says the same phrase every time I am eyeing a new generation of smartphone: “They all look the same.” No, they may look the same, but they really are not! With this interest in high-tech, I applied to universities with programs in electrical and computer engineering. However, the reality hit me with practical barriers: being born of and raised by a typical Asian tiger mom, I ended up going to university and majoring pre-med. But, even with my undergraduate and graduate biochemistry degrees, my love and passion for high-tech did not disappear. As I learned more about the technology and business aspects of the high-tech field, I found that protection of new technologies is needed not only in physical properties, but also in intellectual properties. That led me to learn about patent law. I was excited by the idea of protecting and possibly enhancing the value of new technologies and helping companies grow and continue to improve and innovate new technologies. Without hesitation, I applied to law school and decided to become a patent attorney to do just that! For me, one of the most exciting things about being a patent attorney is that I am one of the first people to see and learn about new inventions. To enhance my interest and knowledge, I am currently finishing a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. I can proudly say that I have no regret about becoming a patent attorney.
Q: How did you end up at Barnes & Thornburg? Kate: I have known about the strength and capability of Barnes & Thornburg’s IP practice since I was a student at The John Marshall Law School. I met my mentor, a partner in the Chicago office, through my law school’s mentor program, and she introduced the firm to me with excitement and enthusiasm. When I got an interview with Barnes & Thornburg, I learned more about the culture and people, and knew this was a good fit for me. I was born in Korea and am a Canadian citizen. Barnes & Thornburg offered me a position in its Intellectual Property Department and sponsored me through the green card process. Further, the firm’s involvement in diversity has been beyond my expectations. Recently, I attended the first annual Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Indiana (APABAIN) banquet held at Barnes & Thornburg’s Indianapolis office, where I met with diverse lawyers throughout Indianapolis and learned about their practices. Additionally, the firm has sponsored numerous events organized by Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA). I truly appreciate how Barnes & Thornburg supports and cares for minority groups in our community, and I look forward to continuing to contribute and be a part of more organizations.
“For me, one of the most exciting things about being a patent attorney is that I am one of the first people to see and learn about new inventions. ”
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To align the business of diversity and inclusion so fully with the business of the firm such that Barnes & Thornburg is established as the preferred destination for top legal talent from all backgrounds and as the national standard relative to excellence, inclusive engagement and empowerment in action.
We hire great legal talent from all backgrounds and then work together as a team to deliberately position them to win.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee collaborates to improve diversity and increase growth opportunities for legal professionals and staff firmwide. Co-chairpersons: Bob Grand Dawn Rosemond MEMBERS AT LARGE: Leasa Anderson Edward Ayoob Alicia Raines Barrs Mark Bayer Amber Bollman Kara Cleary
Lindsey Dates Christopher Fowlkes Angela B. Freeman Jeanine Gozdecki Ann Grayson Tammy Helminski Steve Hernรกndez Jeffrey Hopper Lee Hutton Ken Inskeep Karoline Jackson
Nick Kile Sarah Kuhny Naomi Kwang Denise Lazar Rachel Lerman Laura Luisi Melanie Mawema Paul Olszowka William Padgett David Paragas R. Anthony Prather
Jesse Reeves James Robinson Alice Springer Jennifer Stocker Katrina Thompson Steve Thornton Debby Usher Heather Willey David Wood