January 12, 2018
Taylor Porter was a proud sponsor of the 24th Annual 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge Gala, held Jan. 6, 2018, at L'Auberge. The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge is a nonprofit organization through which African-American males step forward and assume roles of community leadership, responsibility and guidance. The organization serves as a catalyst to empower African-Americans to individually and collectively reach their full potential by maximizing the resources that foster and enhance achievement in education and economic and community development.
Taylor Porter’s 106-year tradition of excellence in client service and strong commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout our law firm is evidenced by both our internal and external promotion of diversity awareness, recruitment/retention of diverse professionals, leadership by our women and minority attorneys, and through outreach and impact on the community. Our Firm’s diversity efforts are led by Diversity Committee Chair Katia Bowman, Partner, Southern University Undergraduate and Law School Alum, Native of Haiti and Multi-Lingual; and also Vice-Chair Vicki Crochet, our Labor and Employment Practice Team Leader, Partner and Executive Committee Member.
In 2017, the Taylor Porter Diversity Committee launched its BUILD (Building Unity, Inclusion, & Legal Diversity) Community Outreach Program. The program was implemented by the Taylor Porter Diversity Committee and designed to further bridge and support the Firm’s diversity efforts, combined with its more than 100 years of traditional community outreach and volunteer work. Following its volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity in Fall 2017, Taylor Porter is planning a service project for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Baton Rouge in Spring 2018.
In 2016, Taylor Porter, through its Diversity Committee, agreed to host annual "Dialogue on Race" sessions organized by Dialogue on Race Louisiana (DORLA) and moderator Maxine Crump. Dialogue on Race Louisiana is a membership association that brings together organizations, businesses, and individuals that have similar goals of working to end the racial divide. Through this association these groups can be a source of support and inspiration to each other as well as maximize their collective efforts. This community-led process has educated several thousand area residents to understand, identify, and to eliminate institutional racism.
In 2016, our diversity committee produced the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion brochure to educate both internally and externally the concentrated efforts by Taylor Porter to demonstrate that our diversity commitment benefits not only the firm and our profession, but also the community in which our members and our families live and work.
Taylor Porter is a proud annual sponsor of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession.