Miller Canfield employs a diverse legal team including lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff. Our goal is to increase inclusion to better mirror the clients we represent and the communities in which we live and do business.
Our Summer Associate program for the last several years have averaged 40 percent minorities and 50 percent women. We believe that diversity is a catalyst for growth, innovation and change.
In keeping with our goals to increase diversity, our Diversity Committee reviews our recruitment attraction and retention.
Our Multi-Cultural Committee provides learning opportunities and supports involvement in dozens of organizations including: the Wolverine and Metropolitan Bar Associations; the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce; the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Lawyers Committee; the Detroit Chinese Business Association; INFORUM; and the Michigan Women’s Foundation. Kalamazoo lawyer Pam Enslen serves on that Board of thee Michigan Women's Foundation and Detroit lawyer Beverly Hall Burns is a past president.
Lawyer James L. Liggins, Jr., created, and was elected in 2011 to serve as the first president of, The Judge Charles A. Pratt Bar Association, the Kalamazoo area’s first minority bar association.
Leonard Givens, Miller Canfield’s first African-American CEO, incorporated the Michigan Minority Business Development Council.
For more than 10 years, The Women of Miller Canfield have addressed internal advancement issues and hosted frequent networking and informational activities for women clients, colleagues and friends with the goal of developing relationships and resources to help all women achieve greater success.
Given our multi-national markets and presence, we are active in dozens of international business, trade, professional and legal organizations, especially those engaging Canadian, Polish, Chinese, Asian Indian, Mexican and Korean members and constituents.
Our lawyers are fluent in more than 20 languages.
Miller Canfield is an “Honor Roll” member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2012, Miller Canfield sponsored and presented the Outstanding Diversity Award for the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce.
Miller Canfield received the Great American Traditions Award from B'nai B'rith International in March 2012 in recognition of its commitment to diversity, education, community service and philanthropic involvement in the Great Lakes region and beyond. Accepting on behalf of the firm, Michael Hartmann, the CEO at the time, said,
“One of the reasons I joined the Firm in 1975 was because it had a long-standing reputation for public service and diversity. It is our obligation as a steward of that tradition to support and enhance it.”