Diversity, Equity 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, Equity and Inclusion Mission guides our approach and our workplace:
By cultivating a diverse, equitable 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, Equity and Inclusion Committee, we are pleased to share with you our 2022 Diversity, Equity and 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.
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, equity 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.
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. Learn more about the LCLD program here.
Miller Johnson has signed on to the LCLD Leaders at the Front Diversity Initiative.
Leaders at the Front is an initiative designed to dismantle systemic barriers preventing underrepresented attorneys from achieving the highest levels of leadership within law firms and corporate legal departments. Rich Sorota, CEO at Miller Johnson is the latest firm leader to sign on to this initiative.
LCLD Fellows Program
For 2023, Loic Dimithe 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. Loic follows in the footsteps of:
- Aimee Jachym (2022)
- Amy Murphy (2021)
- Shoran Reid Williams (2020)
- Brittany Harden (2019)
- Dustin Jackson (2018)
- Cathy Tracey (2017)
- Rebecca Strauss (2015)
- Raj Malviya (2014)
- Sarah Willey (2013)
- Bob Wolford (2011)
LCLD Pathfinders Program
For 2023, Chelsea Austin and Angela Caulley are Miller Johnson’s designees in the LCLD Pathfinders Program – designed for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys. They continue the firm’s involvement following:
- Alise Hildreth (2022)
- Caitlin Farrell (2021)
- Anne Marie Carson (2020)
- Loic Dimithe (2019)
- Kevin Battle (2018)
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.