One firm’s ‘unprecedented’ push for diversity

In An ‘unprecedented’ push for diversity, Boston Globe reporter Diane E. Lewis reports on Mintz Levin:

“A prominent Boston law firm has hired 11 minority attorneys to staff an employment law practice in Washington, D.C., and it is planning to add more to work in Boston, New York, and Washington in a push to diversify its ranks and boost business.

“The move, by Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, reflects one of the largest efforts by a major US law firm to aggressively recruit more than a handful of minorities to the positions of partner or counsel at any one time. Officials at the firm said the new recruits mark the beginning of a major diversity effort.”

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  • We had the opportunity to start this unpresidented movement with the Mintz managing team and finding the “Cooke Group” as it has been named.

    The buck does not stop here, there is so much more to do in bringing in more diverse attorneys. I must say, that any firm that does not have African-American and Hispanic Attorneys within their firms is not diverse. Diversity is a collection different personalities and cultures. There can not be diversity with African and Hispanic American attorneys. If a firm makes such a claim, they are being untrue to themselves, their employees and espeacially their clients.

  • Hats off to Mintz Levin. I went to law school with Mo Cowans and he is one of the most gifted men I know, either inside or outside of the practice of law. It is Mo’s, and perhaps Mintz Levin’s, character to turn a headhunter’s attempts to poach Mo away into a brilliant strategy to broaden its base to more fully represent the slogan “equal justice.”

    – karl

    PS And before anyone accuses me of being a Mintz employee posting under a pseudonym, I am not. I am a public interest lawyer, and have been almost the entire of my career and have never had an affiliation with that firm. They gave me an interview in law school solely on the basis of my prior military status (combat Marine) which was explained to me as part of their commitment to a vision of diversity that included more than just the traditional big firm mantra “we have a commitment to diversity,” to one that actively seeks out diversity of opinion and life experiences. They impressed me then, and still do.