Greater Baltimore Committee Honors Miles & Stockbridge with President’s Award for Diversity
Miles & Stockbridge announced today that it has earned the President’s Award for Diversity from the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), a regional organization of business and civic leaders working together to improve the region’s business climate and competitiveness. GBC President and CEO Donald C. Fry presented the law firm with the award for its diversity efforts and progress in building an inclusive culture during the GBC’s 13th Annual Bridging the Gap Achievement Awards on November 11. Baltimore Mayor-Elect Catherine E. Pugh also earned the President’s Award and 20 other area businesses were recognized for their efforts to strengthen minority business development.
“We are pleased to be recognized by the Greater Baltimore Committee, an organization in which we are deeply involved and one that shares our belief that diverse minds and viewpoints are essential in business,” said John B. Frisch, chairman and CEO of Miles & Stockbridge. “Our firm has generated serious momentum in our diversity and inclusion efforts and we intend to accelerate this heading into the new year and beyond.”
This year Miles & Stockbridge was also named the #2 firm nationally in Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Black Attorneys” list for its strong representation by black lawyers and principals. In addition, the firm was named the “Most Inclusive Law Firm for Minority Business” in 2016 by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association.
Key Diversity Efforts
The GBC recognized Miles & Stockbridge for its work to recruit retain and promote lawyers of color. Some of the firm’s recent diversity and inclusion efforts include:
Diversity Committee: Michael Brown, a principal and member of Miles & Stockbridge’s board of directors, chairs the firm’s diversity committee, which recruits women and minority lawyers and assists them in their professional development and engagement.
New, Effective Interview Policy: Of particular note, Miles & Stockbridge implemented a new policy in 2015, requiring that the firm interview at least one woman, minority or LGBT lawyer for each open position. This policy helped the firm recruit and hire a significant number of talented lawyers, exceeding national averages in the legal industry for women and other under-represented groups
Full-Time Diversity Director: This year Miles & Stockbridge hired Demetria Johnson in a first-ever role—devoted full-time to supporting the diversity of the firm.
The Miles Minority Network: Chaired by firm principal Donny English, the group works well beyond the law firm’s walls to build a vibrant minority professional community and serve as a resource for professionals of all backgrounds in the Baltimore-Washington region.
The Miles Women’s Network: The group, chaired by Miles & Stockbridge principal Stephanie Baron, hosted its 14th annual Women’s Symposium earlier in November, which brought together approximately 150 professionals from the region.
The Tribe@Miles: This new group was created this year to develop and advance outreach and educational initiatives within the firm, as well as externally, to the greater Jewish business community at-large. Stephanie Baron also chairs this group.
Mentoring & Professional Development: The firm strives to support lawyers through formal mentoring and professional development relationships, real-time feedback and substantive evaluations at all stages of their careers, recognizing that as lawyers progress through their careers, the type of mentoring and professional development they need changes.
Engagement with Others: Among its involvement, the firm is active in the Baltimore LGBT community. And, it is an engaged member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, comprised of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a truly diverse legal profession.
About Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
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