Diversity in our workplace enhances our personal and professional lives and increases our ability to serve our clients. Differences make life richer and more rewarding.
The origins of our diversity initiatives go back over 50 years when we first partnered with the University of Michigan Law School to attract and hire attorneys of color. In 1993, the firm formed an active Diversity Committee comprised of attorneys, staff and administrators. This committee has been meeting and providing guidance for the firm’s internal diversity training programming, policy consideration and community support ever since. In recent years, the American Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity in the Workplace Statement of Principle, a diversity initiative adopted by a growing number of our clients has been a foundation for the firm’s efforts and values.
We feel our efforts show in the results. We are proud to be one of the first of Michigan’s “large law firms” to have a woman attorney, Anne Seurynck, as firm president. 25 percent of the firm's attorneys are women, and many serve in management roles, including two members of the firm’s six-member Executive Committee and three practice group leaders. Our diversity and inclusion mission is to maintain an environment where everyone can succeed personally and professionally. Foster Swift received the Lansing Economic Area Partnership’s 2017 Regional Diversity Star Award which recognizes companies who demonstrate best practices in creating a diverse and welcoming place where global talent wants to work and succeed, which has a direct impact on our local economy.
With the encouragement of the firm’s Executive Committee, we are continually seeking new ways to accomplish the goals of retaining minorities and women and have confirmed our participation in the Mansfield Rule 2021. This program was established by the Diversity Lab as a tangible action item for legal sourcing best practices – a certification that law firms can achieve and that companies can look for when selecting a firm. At Foster Swift, we believe that a diverse and comprehensive staff enables us to better serve our communities.
In 2021, Foster Swift was selected as one of the winners by Corp! Magazine to honor in their 14th Annual Salute to Diversity Awards. The 25 honorees are recognized, diversity-focused businesses, organizations and leaders who champion diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and achievements within their organization or the community.
Juneteenth and Beyond
In recent weeks, there has been an undeniably overdue national and even global call for change in how the issues of racial injustice, bias, and privilege are addressed. Important, difficult conversations are happening, and the time is now for all of us to change the way our society perceives and treats people of color. Change cannot be limited to just the way we think about these issues; meaningful change will only come through our actions...to continue reading
Foster Swift received the Lansing Economic Area Partnership's 2017 Regional Diversity Star Award.
Lansing Economic Area Partnership recognizes companies who demonstrate best practices in creating a diverse and welcoming place where global talent wants to work and succeed, which has a direct impact on our local economy.