Throughout her 20-year legal career, Caryn A. Boisen has been committed to developing greater diversity and inclusion in the legal workplace.
Boisen is a partner in the St. Paul litigation firm Larson King, where she spearheads the firm’s involvement with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP), a nonprofit association of law firms and corporate legal departments committed to increasing the presence of attorneys of color in the Twin Cities.
Boisen, who focuses much of her practice on construction law, has been active in Larson King’s recruiting efforts since joining the firm in 2005. Part of her reason for joining Larson King was its reputation as a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion, in large part due to the leadership of founding partner Larry King, who was a member of the TCDIP board of directors. After King’s death in 2014, Boisen took his spot on the board.
Boisen’s recruiting efforts for the firm and her involvement with TCDIP are focused on attracting, advancing, and retaining attorneys of color. But what sets Boisen apart from other attorneys with commitments to minority recruitment is that she actively mentors young attorneys of color to help them develop their careers.
“Whether the students come to Larson King after they graduate or go elsewhere, I always try to keep in touch with them,” she says. “The Twin Cities have a surprisingly small legal community, and in order to be a truly inclusive environment, it’s important that it be a collegial place to practice.”