Moore & Van Allen fosters a culture of diversity, belonging, and inclusion at our firm and in the many communities we serve. Diversity is embraced and promoted across the firm in our recruiting, development, and promotion programs for lawyers and staff with different personal backgrounds and experiences. There is unequivocal strength in diversity, and we believe different perspectives enable us to better serve our clients. We are committed in our efforts to continue to intentionally build and strengthen an inclusive environment.

Message from Leadership

We remain steadfast in our belief that in order to achieve the best outcomes we must also remain open and supportive of diverse experiences and perspectives. We are a proud to support a culture where we work hard to welcome, include, value and listen to everyone.

Tom Mitchell, Chair, Management Committee
Amy Johnson, Co-chair, Diversity Committee
Valecia McDowell, Co-chair, Diversity Committee

Recent Engagements

2021 Annual Report

The Diversity and Management Committees are proud to present our 2021 Diversity Report: A Broader Canvas. The annual publication highlights the firm’s ongoing initiatives and future goals, and can be found here.  

When brainstorming about this report, we knew 2020 would be a year reflected upon for years to come. The idea emerged to commission artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner to capture visually the challenges we face in creating a diverse and inclusive culture and our aspirations for the future of our workplace and communities. As you review the report, we hope you enjoy the images of the artist’s creative process and pause to reflect on the finished painting, entitled A Broader Canvas. We are pleased to reveal the finished work at the end of our report, and it is proudly displayed in our Charlotte office.

Recruiting & Retention

Moore & Van Allen is committed to recruiting, developing and promoting lawyers and staff of every gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. Working closing with the firm’s Management, Diversity and Recruitment committees we have adopted several initiatives designed to support these values. We believe there is unequivocal strength in diversity and remain unwavering in efforts to leverage that power for our clients.

MVA 1L Diversity Conference

Moore & Van Allen’s annual Diversity Conference is a one-day seminar designed to introduce 1L law students to leaders and career opportunities in the legal industry. Students are selected through a competitive application process and gain exposure to the climate of diversity in the legal industry through various networking opportunities, interactive panels, and presentations from MVA members, clients and other leaders in the legal profession.

MVA Diversity Scholarship

Launched in January 2019, Moore & Van Allen’s Diversity Scholarship Program is a unique summer employment opportunity for students just finishing their first year in law school. Open to all first-year law students, we evaluate candidates based on their academic performance, communication skills, demonstrated leadership qualities, work experience and community involvement. Selected students will have the opportunity to participate in the firm’s 10-week summer associate program for 2Ls and may receive up to $15,000 in additional scholarship money.

Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship

Moore & Van Allen is a founding participant and longstanding partner of the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship (CLDC). Established in 2006, the CLDC program operates with one basic goal—to improve diversity in the Mecklenburg County Bar by attracting top first-year law students with diverse backgrounds to Charlotte through corporate and law firm summer internships.

Community Partners

The Diversity Committee strives to cultivate and maintain relationships with several community partners including, but not limited to, the following:

Diversity Statement

At Moore & Van Allen, we recognize that having people with different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, countries and regions of origin, genders, gender identities and expressions, 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.

  


Moore & Van Allen was named a 2021 “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign

For the third consecutive year, MVA again earned a perfect 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. The survey rates businesses on their commitment to LGBTQ inclusion practices in employee benefits, professional development and accountability, as well as public commitment.

WomenInc. magazine named Moore & Van Allen to its Top 100 Law Firms for Women

The list was published in WomenInc. magazine’s fall 2019 issue. Law firms were selected based on a demonstrated commitment to supporting women in the legal profession.


MVA joins the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

MVA is one of over 280 law firms that have joined the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA). LFAA is a coalition of firms that will work with other organizations that are uniting to identify and dismantle systemic racism in the law and in government institutions. MVA is the only North Carolina based law firm to initially sign-on to the effort.

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MVA employees gave almost a quarter-million dollars in financial support through firm-led giving campaigns in 2020.
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Corporate Equality Index ranked MVA one of the “Best Places to Work” for LGBTQ Equality in 2021.

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