Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Is a Core Value
In addition to our care and priority for excellent client service, Miller Nash has a long history of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both within our firm and in the communities we serve. We work to ensure that diversity—which is essential to understanding varying perspectives, finding creative and effective solutions to our clients’ needs, realizing the best we have to offer, and cultivating a fair society and justice system—is considered and implemented in every aspect of our firm.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee has developed several initiatives over
the years to help us achieve our vision and mission to make real strides in
advancing diversity in our profession and community. Some of these initiatives
Mansfield Certification Plus Distinction
To further our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, we are participating in the Mansfield Rule 6.0 Certification Program, which runs from July 2022 to July 2023. In 2022, we completed the Mansfield 5.0 program and received Certification Plus status, a distinction only awarded to 108 firms nationally.
The goal of the Mansfield Rule program is to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. Mansfield Certification Plus status recognizes that, in addition to affirmatively considering at least 30 percent women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ attorneys, and attorneys with disabilities for recruitment, governance roles, equity partner promotions, and inclusion in formal pitch presentations to clients, the firm has also successfully reached at least 30 percent women, minority, and LGBTQ+ lawyer representation in a notable number of leadership roles and committees.
New to the 6.0 program, Mansfield firms will be required to consider at least 30% historically underrepresented lawyers when appointing to leadership roles and promoting into the equity partnership, among a dozen other activities that focus on the path to leadership. These activities include creating and publishing job descriptions for leadership roles.
Women & Minority Business Enterprise Program
The firm has developed a program that offers our attorneys the ability to support and represent emerging women and minority business enterprises at a reduced fee. Our Women and Minority Business Enterprise Program is designed to attract and retain diverse clients to the firm and to assist our attorneys who have strong connections with diverse clients in the development of their business.
We greatly value the time and effort
that our attorneys contribute to advancing the hiring, mentoring, development,
and advancement of our diverse attorneys, our firm initiatives, and leadership
within the community. As such, since 2015 we have been providing each attorney
with billable-hour credit of up to 150 billable credit hours for these
diversity initiatives, leadership, and pro bono work.
Miller Nash Diversity Fellowship Program
To achieve our goal of increasing and promoting diversity within the firm and within the Pacific Northwest’s legal, business, public sector, and philanthropic communities, we have created a multifaceted diversity program that includes our highly selective Diversity Fellowship. Each year, we make available fellowships to exceptional law students. Each Fellowship recipient receives a paid summer associate position at either our Seattle, Washington, or Portland, Oregon office. After successful completion of the summer associate clerkship, each Fellowship recipient is awarded a $15,000 scholarship. Each recipient may receive a Miller Nash Diversity Fellowship only once.
To help further create a supportive work environment and help deliver on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, members of our DEI committee have created several affinity groups, including for our attorneys of color, veterans, working parents, women, and LGBTQ+ professionals. These groups offer support and camaraderie, provide professional development and networking opportunities, and host educational events.
Leaders for Change
Our attorneys serve as leaders in many
local minority bar associations and receive full support of the firm as they
take on their leadership roles. Current and recent examples of associations
where our attorneys have served as board chairs include the Loren Miller Bar
Association, WSBA Indian Law Section, Seattle QLaw LGBTQ+ Bar Association,
Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and Oregon Minority Lawyers Association.
Partnering with Our Clients on Diversity
We work with our clients to ensure that we are meeting their DEI initiative goals, staff matters diversely, share best practices, and share trainings we bring in on topics like implicit bias and mentoring diverse professionals. We realize that the most impactful work happens when we partner with our clients and the community to collectively bring real changes to structural inequities.
Meet Our DE&I Committee Members
Jackee Walker, Committee Co-Chair, Partner, Seattle
James Walker, Committee Co-Chair, Partner, Portland
Kieran Curley, Managing Partner
LeAnne Bremer, Partner-in-Charge, Vancouver
Erin Burris, Associate, Portland
Mike Fandel, Partner-in-Charge, Seattle
Ryan Hall, Associate, Portland
Naomi Haslitt, Partner, Portland
Andy Murphy, Partner, Seattle
Iván Resendiz Gutierrez, Partner, Portland
Cynthia Voth, Chief Client Officer, Seattle
Jim Yand, Partner, Seattle