News

29 March 2021

Shoran Reid Williams Appointed to Black Lawyers Forum

Shoran Reid Williams, Senior Counsel with Miller Johnson, has been appointed to the Black Lawyers Forum within Meritas, an alliance of leading independent law firms that provide clients access to top-tier legal expertise throughout the world. Miller Johnson is the west Michigan member firm of Meritas.

“I am honored to have a voice in the continuing conversation of advancing inclusiveness and improving racial equity in our legal communities, “said Williams. “This Forum takes the word, and work, we have been putting in here in Michigan out to a worldwide audience, and brings those outside perspectives right here to us.”

Meritas described the Black Lawyers Forum mission as facilitating “connections and mentorship, but also providing a platform for our Black lawyers to discuss unique issues and experiences related to professional development and business development.” According to Meritas, members of the Forum will connect through regularly scheduled meetings and events, and informally through a dedicated Meritas online community. “We believe the Forum will create business development opportunities for Forum members and their firms, and enhance the ability of member firms to hire and retain Black and other diverse lawyers.”

As part of its organizational commitment to diversity and inclusion, Meritas said the “exciting and groundbreaking initiative” will further Meritas’ commitment to racial equality by providing Black lawyers with greater visibility and opportunities within the organization, along with a vehicle to share best practices with member firms. All of Meritas’ Black lawyers worldwide have been encouraged to be part of the Forum.

About Miller Johnson

Miller Johnson is a full-service firm providing legal counsel to businesses and individuals in corporate, employment and labor, litigation, employee benefits, and private client representation from its offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Detroit. Since 1959, Miller Johnson has been Michigan-based and has served clients worldwide.

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