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.
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. We also work with the Michigan Jubilee Jobs Program in hiring support staff.
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.
In 2018, Dustin Jackson 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. Mr. Jackson follows in the footsteps of Cathy Tracey (2017), Rebecca Strauss (2015), Raj Malviya (2014), Sarah Willey (2013), Sara Lachman (2012), 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 citizen of the US. Download the application PDF from www.grfoundation.org after January 1.