ABOUT THE FIRM
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Montgomery McCracken, we value cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment for our attorneys and staff. We recognize that every employee is a vital part of the firm and that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) helps us serve the needs of our clients. We are proudly committed to providing equal opportunities for all.
We define diversity broadly as the differences among people, including race, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, religion, language, and experiences. Our Diversity Committee is tasked with raising awareness of diversity throughout the firm and the community. The Committee is led by Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Alfred W. Zaher.
Employee Resource Groups
Within the Committee, our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) create the space for our attorneys and staff to openly and safely discuss issues, build and maintain an equal and supportive work environment, and support members in their efforts to succeed. Each ERG is chaired by members of the staff and attorneys.
LGBTQ+: The mission of the LGBTQ+ group is to build and maintain an equal and supportive work environment and to promote growth and career development of LGBTQ+ attorneys and staff. Additionally, through recruiting and outreach activities, the group intends to further the representation of LGBTQ+ attorneys and staff members within the firm. This will be accomplished through networking, mentoring, educational and professional programs, community service, LGBTQ+ events, and diversity awareness.
Persons of Color: The mission of the Persons of Color (POC) group is to build and maintain an equal and supportive work environment and to promote the growth and career development of POC. Additionally, through recruiting and outreach activities, the POC group intends to further the representation of POC attorneys and staff members within the firm. This will be accomplished through networking, mentoring, educational and professional programs, community service, multicultural events, and diversity awareness.
Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities: The mission of the Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities group is to foster inclusion, participation, and appreciation of the unique contributions that individuals with disabilities and veterans make to the fabric of the firm and the clients and communities we serve. By promoting an enriching, healthy, and fulfilling work climate for veterans and individuals with disabilities, the group supports the broader goals of respecting and valuing our differences, with the collective understanding that diversity of thought, experience, and expertise make the firm stronger, more productive, and better equipped to address the challenges the group and our clients face.
Women’s Group: The mission of the Women’s Group is to support, promote, and empower the women of Montgomery McCracken and to improve the firm as a whole through the recruitment, retention, and support of women attorneys, staff, and alumni.
midsize MANSFIELD rULE CERTIFICATION
We are a proud participant of the Midsize Mansfield Rule certification managed by Diversity Lab. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers who are considered for entry-level and lateral attorney job openings, leadership opportunities, equity partner promotions, and opportunities to connect with clients.
Human Rights Campaign Corporate EquALIty Index
We have received a perfect score of 100% on the 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.
Law Firm Antiracism Alliance
We are a charter member of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). The LFAA is a national collaborative effort between nearly 150 law firms, working together to amplify the voices of the communities and individuals oppressed by racism. Dedicated to seeking out and eradicating systemic racism, the LFAA uses the law as a vehicle for meaningful change and to promote racial equity within the legal industry.
Philadelphia Diversity Law Group
We are a founding member of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Inc. (PDLG), which is committed to fostering participation of a more diverse group of lawyers in the Greater Philadelphia Region in order to make the legal profession stronger, more productive, and better equipped to address the challenges of the twenty-first century. As part of this mission, PDLG creates programs to enhance recruitment and retention of lawyers of diverse backgrounds by law firms and corporate law departments in this region.
In addition to PDLG, other organizations we support within the community include, but are not limited to:
- Autism Society Southwest New Jersey Affiliate
- Barrister’s Association of Philadelphia
- Black Law Students Association of Rutgers
- Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP)
- Human Rights Campaign Gala
- Lavender Law Conference
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women
- Special Olympics PA
Montgomery McCracken Earns 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality
Montgomery McCracken is proud to announce that it received a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey […]
Montgomery McCracken Joins Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification
Montgomery McCracken is proud to announce that the firm is participating in the Midsize Mansfield Rule certification process, managed by Diversity Lab. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to […]
LGBT Trailblazers Join Law Firm Montgomery McCracken
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