M&R’s commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion is profound. Having been listed in Law360’s “Top 100 Firms for Minority Attorneys” and ranked amongst the 50 law firms in the United States with the highest percentage of minority equity partners, M&R’s culture is, in large part, driven by our focus on and dedication to a diverse workplace.
Toward that end, M&R has created a Diversity, Multiculturalism & Inclusion (DMI) Committee that meets monthly to discuss and promote these issues. The DMI Committee ensures that M&R continues to work toward the following stated mission.
Recognizing that individuals with differing backgrounds, perspectives, and skillsets enrich its workforce, M&R’s mission is to foster an atmosphere of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion. With this as its guiding principle, M&R’s objective is to be the best and most vital law firm possible, one where all employees can thrive no matter their ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, and the like.
It is M&R’s policy and practice to continually highlight its diverse and inclusive complexion. The firm does so by featuring the varied backgrounds and experiences of its attorneys and staff in monthly Spotlights on Diversity. Likewise, M&R observes designated National Heritage Months by celebrating diverse leaders in the legal profession. Programs like these, and other educational initiatives, help raise awareness, firm-wide, of the critical importance that diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion play in M&R’s overall excellence, both as a law firm and place to work.
DMI Focus on Women
M&R takes pride in the extraordinary talents and achievements of its women attorneys, and the firm seeks to do what it can to enable their continued success. Toward this end, M&R has established the Women Attorneys of M&R (WAMR), a DMI subcommittee having as its primary objective the advancement of the firm’s female lawyers. WAMR not only sponsors gender-focused speakers and events, it also presents a forum for M&R’s woman attorneys to concentrate on professional and career development, personal growth, and achievement – within the firm and otherwise. In addition, WAMR provides leadership opportunities, facilitates professional and social networking, and allows its members to attend to work/life balance issues.
DMI and Recruitment
It is M&R’s recruitment efforts that reinforce the firm’s ongoing commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. With a recruitment philosophy entirely aligned with the firm’s stated mission, M&R seeks out talent that together allows for a working environment that is exciting, enriching, collaborative and, of course, varied. Each partner, associate, counsel and staff member hired brings to the firm a uniqueness that is fully embraced – differences at M&R are given voice; divergent viewpoints encouraged. Consequently, the firm actively recruits attorneys (new law school graduates and lateral hires) and staff representing an array of ethnicities, backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.
DMI: Good for the Firm, Good for the Clients
The perspective afforded by M&R’s diverse and inclusive workforce drives creative solutions that certainly benefit the firm’s client base. Indeed, M&R’s commitment to DMI enriches and deepens the firm’s understanding and analysis of issues and, ultimately, its work product.
The takeaway: M&R’s mission to foster an atmosphere of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion makes for a dynamic, engaging firm with a roster of very satisfied clients.