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.
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 Possibility Project-Charlotte, an organization that works with young people to teach and promote cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution and 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.
WOMVA, a subcommittee of the Diversity Committee, brings together women lawyers at our firm for mentoring, networking and career development opportunities. In January 2012 WOMVA launched the second year of its cross-practice group mentoring program designed for women associates. The program pairs members with senior level associates. The pairs meet on a regular basis to discuss a variety of topics related to professional development and growth.
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.
Diversity Committee Members
- Myrna Charlot
- Kate Cole
- Tristan Fuierer
- Taylor Grayson
- Stephanie Gryder
- George Hanna
- Brian Heslin
- Amy Johnson (Co-chair)
- Rhea Kelley
- Luis Lluberas
- Dick Lupo
- Valecia McDowell (Co-chair)
- Ashley Nutley
- Patti Oswald
- Ernie Reigel
- Omari Sealy
- Brennan Sheedy
- Caroline Yingling
Moore & Van Allen’s Diversity Statement
At Moore & Van Allen we recognize that having people with different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, countries and regions of origin, genders, generations, physical abilities and sexual orientations is critical to our ability to provide the highest level of legal services. By fostering an inclusive work environment we come together as one extraordinary team with the common purpose of providing truly outstanding legal services to our clients. Our commitment to diversity goes beyond our firm to the communities we serve through extensive outreach initiatives. These core principles are embraced by the firm’s leadership. Our managing member serves on the firm’s Diversity Committee.