Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to our culture.
Through embracing everyone’s differences, we know we can:
- Better understand and serve the unique legal and business needs of our many and varied clients
- Attract and develop highly skilled, uniquely talented team members
- Create a culture that values differences, fosters forward thinking, and inspires individuals to do their best work
- Provide creative, innovative, and ultimately successful solutions to our clients
- More fully live our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for others
Our Diversity Mission guides our approach and our workplace: By cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture, we seek to reflect those we serve and engage the perspectives, ideas and innovative thoughts that inspire outstanding legal solutions and exceptional service.
On behalf of Miller Johnson, and the firm’s Diversity Committee, we are pleased to share with you our 2019 Diversity + Inclusion Report. This report details our efforts within the community, and within our own business, to best reflect those we serve and those who trust us with their legal matters. We are proud to represent the finest corporate, institutional, and individual clients in the world. Our commitment to attract and develop highly skilled, uniquely talented team members; create a culture that values differences, fosters forward thinking, and inspires individuals to do their best work; and, more fully live our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for others is embodied in the pages of this Report. Diversity + Inclusion are fundamental to our culture. Please click on the image to the left to access the report.
Our firm’s Diversity Council oversees many recruiting and outreach initiatives, cultivating an inclusive culture, offering training and development opportunities, and making meaningful contributions to our community. We were instrumental in creating the Floyd Skinner Grand Rapids Bar Minority Clerkship Program and a Western Michigan University Cooley Law School – Grand Rapids Clerkship Program.
Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative Agreement
Miller Johnson is a founding member of the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative Agreement, a formal commitment between Grand Rapids law firms and the Grand Rapids Bar Association to work together to promote and achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the West Michigan legal community through education, hiring, retention and promotion.
The participating members in the Agreement have developed an Action Plan to address three initial challenges:
- Increasing the number of attorneys of color
- Improving the retention of both female attorneys and attorneys of color
- Expanding the pipeline of persons of color entering law school and the profession
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Formed in 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) is made up of the general counsels of the nation’s preeminent corporations and of the managing partners of the nation’s leading law firms. Miller Johnson is actively participating in the LCLD Fellows Program and the 1L LCLD Scholars Program as part of our commitment to make the profession increasingly open to talented individuals of all backgrounds. To learn more about the LCLD, visit www.lcldnet.org.
For 2019, Brittany Harden is Miller Johnson’s designee in the Fellows Program – an ambitious, highly structured training program designed to build relationships and leadership skills in high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds. Ms. Harden follows in the footsteps of Dustin Jackson (2018), Cathy Tracey (2017), Rebecca Strauss (2015), Raj Malviya (2014), Sarah Willey (2013), and Bob Wolford (2011).
Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship
Students of color accepted to or attending law school within the US with a permanent residence in Michigan are invited to apply for this scholarship. Students must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be a permanent resident, refugee, or asylee of the US. Download the application PDF from www.grfoundation.org after January 1.
Miller Johnson is proud to inherit the LAunch Scholarship program through our acquisition of the Lusk Albertson law firm in August 2020. Each year, we set out to find outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, engagement in the community, and leadership among their peers. We’ve stayed in touch with the amazing students who have been awarded the scholarship over the years and are delighted that they’ve continued their commitment to these ideals in the next phase of their educational journey. Click on the profiles below to see what several past winners are up to now and what advice they have for students preparing to embark on the next chapter of their lives.