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In-box: Diversity is of critical importance to state

April 13, 2011
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Dear Mr. Maurer:

I am an attorney at Krieg DeVault LLP and chair of its diversity committee. I read with great interest your commentary in the Indiana Lawyer (March 30-April 12, 2011). It seems fitting those thoughts followed on the heels of a recent front page article in The Indianapolis Star highlighting the importance of diversity in many facets of Indianapolis life.

On a personal note, I wanted to thank you for sharing your thoughts leading up to the critical importance of diversity in our state and to its economic and civic vitality. As part of our law firm’s diversity initiatives, we strive to promote diversity in the legal profession as well as in our community. In part, Krieg DeVault puts its diversity initiatives into practice by partnering with its clients to sponsor diversity scholarships for law school students who reflect a commitment to and whose efforts contribute to diversity in the legal profession. 

I believe our firm is strengthened by diverse ideas, experiences, educational backgrounds, and values. I also believe businesses across Indiana, many of whom are our clients, benefit from Krieg DeVault’s efforts to seek out and retain diverse legal professionals. Let us hope that Indiana continues to draw business opportunities from a global community and that those affiliated with same continue to enrich Indiana.

Sincerely,

Linda J. Cooley
Krieg DeVault
Indianapolis

 

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