Miller & Chevalier is committed to enhancing the diversity of our firm at all levels, because we believe diverse backgrounds and experiences bring different perspectives and valuable insights to our work and provide significant benefit for our clients. We see our differences as a strength and continuously seek to enhance the depth and diversity of our talent.
Promoting the diversity of the firm takes many forms. The firm has earned the Vault Seal of Approval for its participation in the diversity partnership between Vault and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) in support of the Call to Action, an effort developed by top general counsel to advance diversity in the legal profession. The firm participates in the Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair and the Lavender Law Conference (LGBT). We continue to focus on diverse hiring on law school campuses through events and support of local diverse student groups, and we encourage our lawyers to spend time with those groups, speaking on a variety of topics.
We support the creation and growth of affinity groups for diverse lawyers that are designed to provide support, guidance, and a forum for regular discussions concerning issues relevant to diverse professionals. The women’s affinity group, for example, meets regularly and discusses topics including time management practices, business development tips, and attaining work/family balance.
We believe that a key aspect in the firm’s development and promotion of diverse attorneys is the formal mentoring program, which is designed to assist lawyers transitioning into the firm. Firm mentors are expected to assist all young associates define and pursue professional goals and maximize their potential for success across an array of practice areas.
Our ultimate goal is to create a workplace environment that fosters open and honest communication and supports each member of the community in his or her quest to thrive professionally. Women hold key positions throughout the firm’s leadership. The firm was selected as one of Working Mother Magazine and Flextime Lawyers “Best Law Firms for Women” in 2007, 2008, and 2009 due to its women-friendly policies and women-focused mentoring, leadership, and networking programs designed to retain and promote top legal talent.
Continuing and expanding on such successes remains a constant and key priority of the firm’s strategic planning. The efforts are coordinated by the firm’s Diversity Committee, which is made up of a cross-section of members and associates, plus the Pro Bono Counsel and the Director of Recruiting and Professional Development.
"We are pleased to be recognized as one of the nation's most progressive law firms in terms of our commitment to encouraging and supporting the professional advancement of women attorneys," said Marianna Dyson, Immediate Past Chair of Miller & Chevalier. "We are focused on recruiting and retaining top attorneys, and we recognize the value of offering a work environment that is respectful of individuals' priorities inside and outside the office and encourages attorneys to excel in their legal practice. The policies and programs that exist at Miller & Chevalier are reflective of the important changes that are occurring in the business world and are an acknowledgement of the benefits of applying forward thinking to the retention and promotion of women attorneys."