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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.

Our 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 include: 

Mansfield Certification Plus Distinction

To further our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, we participate in the Mansfield Rule 3.0 Certification Program and have been awarded Certification Plus status, a distinction only awarded to 67 firms nationally. The Mansfield Rule 3.0 aims to boost the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership roles at law firms 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, LGBTQ+ lawyer representation in a notable number of leadership roles and committees.

Miller Nash has joined 117 leading law firms and 50 corporate legal departments and is participating in the 2021 Mansfield 4.0 initiative, which runs from July 2020 to July 2021.

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.

Billable-Hour Credit

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.

Deadlines and application information for the Fellowship will be posted on the firm's website in July and November each year.

Affinity Groups

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, Seattle

Kieran Curley, Managing Partner

LeAnne Bremer, Partner-in-Charge, Vancouver

Erin Burris, Associate, Portland

Mike Fandel, Partner-in-Charge, Seattle

Sharae Gross, Chief Talent Officer, Portland

Ryan Hall, Associate, Portland

Naomi Haslitt, Partner, Portland

Andy Murphy, Partner, Seattle

Iván Resendiz Gutierrez, Associate, Portland

Cynthia Voth, Chief Client Officer, Seattle

Vanessa Wheeler, Associate, Seattle

Jim Yand, Partner, Seattle