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McGiffert to join legal publication’s diversity webinar panel

October 12, 2020
Plunkett Cooney’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Laurel F. McGiffert, will serve as a panelist for a half-day diversity and inclusion webinar on Oct. 12 sponsored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW).

Titled: “The Way Forward: A Plan for Boosting Diversity and Inclusion in Law Firms,” the webinar, which will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon, will feature two sessions moderated by city of Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia.

The first session will focus on the Mansfield Rule, an innovative approach to improving law firm diversity through the adoption of a formal agreement focusing on metrics. McGiffert will then join four colleagues from other metro Detroit law firms to discuss “Racial Justice and Equality, and How to Realize that Commitment” during the webinar’s second session.

“This is a very important discussion that needs to take place in our community,” said McGiffert, a partner in Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office. “I’m looking forward to this discussion with a group of people capable of bringing about significant change in their firms.”

McGiffert and her fellow panelists are members of the African American Partners Collaborative, a group of partners from major metro Detroit law firms seeking to advance opportunities for African American attorneys in the legal industry. The panelists will describe the progress their firms have made with respect to improving diversity and inclusion, and they will share practical recommendations for advancing the goals and initiatives of attendees.

A leading publication covering news in Michigan’s legal industry, MLW is making this virtual event available for free to all members of the bar and the business community. Simply click here to register online. To view the full agenda, click here.

Since 2002, Plunkett Cooney has had in place a Diversity & Inclusion Committee focused on the recruitment and retention of minority attorneys. Committee members also work to advance diversity training, mentoring of young attorneys, female attorney leadership opportunities and community outreach that provides financial support and encourages employee volunteerism to positively impact race relations in our communities.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Laurel McGiffert’s participation in the MLW Diversity and Inclusion webinar on Oct. 20, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;