Diversity Programs

Internal Programs

Montgomery McCracken’s Diversity Committee offers a variety of related in-house activities designed to spark ideas and generate dialogue.  It encourages the participation of all firm personnel.  These activities include lunch & learn programs with guest speakers, general meetings, diversity and sensitivity training programs, movie presentations with program facilitators to guide discussion, and outreach programs with local law schools.  The firm’s Management Committee regularly reviews and assesses the efforts of the Committee.  In addition, the Diversity Committee seeks and receives feedback from all participants, particularly minority attorneys, regarding the effectiveness of all programs and events.

The following are just some of the internal events that have taken place at Montgomery McCracken:

One Book / One Montgomery McCracken
During the summer/fall 2009, Montgomery McCracken launched a diversity awareness pilot program called One Book, One Montgomery McCracken.  The program, modeled after the highly successful city-wide reading program “One Book, One Philadelphia,” encouraged the reading of a common book “The Color of Water,” by James McBride.  Facilitated discussion groups sparked conversation regarding racial, ethnic, and socio-economic similarities and differences and served to enhance our understanding of diversity in the workplace.

The Business Case for Diversity Program
This program explored diversity from the client’s perspective.  Our featured guest panelists included representatives from Microsoft, Merck, and MCCA (Minority Corporate Counsel Association).

Participation Outside the Firm

Montgomery McCracken also encourages our attorneys to join and actively participate in a variety of affinity organizations and minority bar associations, such as Flex-Time Women Lawyers, the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.  Montgomery McCracken attorneys have participated in the following activities:

  • The Philadelphia Bar Association “Chancellor’s Diversity Training Series” was a series of free workshops designed to enhance the viability of younger attorneys by increasing their professional knowledge. The series focused on several subject areas, such as business development, networking, and navigating the partnership track. Each session consisted of a panel of established attorneys and was moderated by former Chancellor A. Michael Pratt.
  • United States Law Firm Group’s (USLFG) Diversity Committee. Montgomery McCracken is a member of the The United States Law Firm Group® (USLFG®), a national network of 19 established U.S. law firms.
  • The Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Annual Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference is a dynamic diversity conference developed to provide attorneys with numerous opportunities to gain unique perspectives, tackle difficult diversity issues, celebrate diversity, and engage in meaningful dialogue.
  • The Philadelphia Bar Association Summit: Our Dialogue on Diversity reviewed the real-life struggles and successes of diverse Philadelphia lawyers from the past and present, with a focus on the future. Topics included recruiting and retaining diverse individuals building diverse leadership at the Bar Association and in law firm management, the impact of the economy on diversity efforts.
  • The National Conference for the Minority Lawyer sponsored by the ABA’s Business Law Section, Section of Litigation and the Commission on Ethnic and Racial Diversity in the Profession.

Recruiting Efforts

Montgomery McCracken has been a long-time sponsor of the Annual Philadelphia Area Law Schools 1L Diversity Reception.  Additionally, our attorneys participate in programs at local law schools, including panel discussions at Temple University Beasley School of Law, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, and Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.

Montgomery McCracken participated in the PDLG’s 2009 first-year law student program.  The program is designed to identify first-year law students who have overcome obstacles in pursuing a legal career.  The students chosen to participate in this program are often disadvantaged or underrepresented in the Philadelphia legal community.   A PDLG 1L student was a member of our 2009 Summer Associate Program. Montgomery McCracken extended an offer of employment to the PDLG student who participated in our summer associate program in 2007 and 2008.  Most importantly, this student joined the firm as a full-time associate in fall 2009.