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Miller Canfield Earns Top Scores in Law Firm Diversity Training Program

February 20, 2019

Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that it has earned top scores in the OnTrack for Leadership law firm diversity and inclusion program. The announcement was made by Miller Canfield CEO Michael McGee.

Miller Canfield partnered with Diversity Lab, the national incubator for law firm diversity programs, to pilot the OnTrack for Leadership program to support the retention, advancement and business development efforts of women and minority attorneys. The program combines teamwork and a custom technology platform, based on behavioral science and data often used in games and social media, to drive and sustain engagement and to ensure that sponsorship and mentorship are provided in an equitable and effective manner at key inflection points in the careers of women and minorities. 

"We are proud to participate in this and other innovative programs, which make meaningful change and help us to continue to hold ourselves accountable in meeting concrete and measurable goals that align with our firm’s inclusive culture," McGee said. "As we have known for a long time, law firm diversity is not only good for the attorneys who practice here, but is also increasingly important to the clients we serve. Like us, they recognize that firms who take diversity seriously do so not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because data has proven that law firm diversity leads to superior client service, stronger client service teams and the highest quality of legal representation."

Launched in 2018 with 10 of the country’s top law firms participating, the program required each firm to identify diverse groups of new partners and principals to participate as protégés. Each participant worked closely with a core team of sponsors that include high-level firm partners, in-house legal executives and an external coach. At each step of the program, participants were assisted by their core team of sponsors, and subsequently scored as to their progress with business development, and setting and/or achievement of long-term and short-term career goals related to advancement into senior level leadership positions. Of all the participating firms, Miller Canfield’s attorneys collectively earned the highest scores.

A longtime leader in law firm diversity, Miller Canfield was in 2018 the only Michigan-based firm to meet Diversity Lab’s high standards to earn Mansfield Plus Certification, which requires that one third of candidates must be women, minorities and LGBTQ attorneys when the firm is making lateral hiring and promotion decisions.