Moore & Van Allen’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is longstanding. Established in 2002, the Diversity Committee’s purpose is to raise awareness and foster understanding and appreciation of the various ethnicities, races, religions, countries and regions of origin, physical abilities and sexual orientations represented within Moore & Van Allen and the clients and community we serve.
In 2011, Moore & Van Allen adopted high-level strategic goals to guide our continued efforts. These and other initiatives demonstrate that Moore & Van Allen is working diligently to meet the challenges of diversity. While we celebrate and honor our differences, the lawyers and staff share a common goal – to provide unsurpassed service to our clients. The Diversity Committee's 2013 Annual Report, which highlights the group's 2013 initiatives and 2014 goals, can be seen here.
The Diversity Committee strives to cultivate and maintain relationships with a number of community partners including, but not limited to, the following:
- Community Building Initiative, a nonprofit organization established in 1997 by government and civic leaders, which is dedicated to issues of race, access, inclusion and equity in the Charlotte community.
- APEX Mentoring Task Force, a mentoring program that provides mid to senior level associates of color the opportunity to connect with and learn from senior in-house counsel in Charlotte’s largest legal departments. Moore & Van Allen is proud to have been a founding law participant in APEX.
- Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, which is dedicated to promoting African American art, culture and history.
- The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity is an organization of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who have dedicated themselves to creating a truly diverse legal profession. LCLD action programs are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture the talent in society and within member organizations, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys ascend to positions of leadership.
- Mecklenburg County Bar General Counsel and Managing Partners Diversity Initiative, a program that focuses on increasing diversity within local legal organizations. Moore & Van Allen was one of the first firms to sign the Initiative’s Action Plan which asks organizations to commit individually and collectively to practices that will benefit the demographic make-up of our local legal community.
- Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship, a highly competitive summer program that identifies and exposes qualified minority students to the Charlotte legal community. Moore & Van Allen served as one of the founding organizations of the program.