COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
At KMK we believe that a diverse work environment is critical to the success of the firm and in attracting the best and the brightest people in the legal community. We are committed to developing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work setting at all levels, and we strive to attract people of diverse backgrounds and characteristics, including but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, cultural heritage, disability, religion and sexual orientation. It is because of this commitment that we embrace the unique characteristics of all of our lawyers and staff, which ultimately fosters individual success as well as the success of our firm.
We understand that our ability to meet the needs of our diverse client base requires that our lawyers have a broad range of knowledge and experiences, which can only be obtained through a diverse legal staff. Our goal is to continue to preserve and foster a diverse work environment that provides for creativity, productivity, a sense of inclusion, and effective leadership — and where our lawyers and staff feel enriched and empowered to provide client solutions that continue to exceed expectations.
Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee, co-chaired by KMK Partners Adrienne J. Roach and Bethany P. Recht, works to ensure that diversity is a key focus through various firm initiatives, participation in community events, and related recruiting activities. For example:
- KMK was honored to receive the 2012 Law Firm of the Year Award from the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program (GCMCP). KMK was a founding member of, and remains active in, the GCMCP.
- KMK is as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization of corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners dedicated to creating a diverse legal profession. Several KMK attorneys have served as mentors to students at Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law (Chase), and University of Cincinnati’s College of Law (UC) through LCLD’s law school mentoring program. Moreover, KMK has hosted LCLD’s local group mentoring session that focused on the importance of professionalism for 1L’s at Chase and UC.
- KMK also supports the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) and is an active member of the BLAC-CBA Roundtable with the Cincinnati Bar Association (CBA). KMK has hosted the BLAC-CBA Roundtable Summer Clerkship Reception at its offices.
- KMK supports The Law and Leadership Institute, a statewide initiative to prepare students from underserved communities for post-secondary and professional success through a four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills, and professionalism.
- KMK has been involved in the Academic Connections Experience (ACE) Program, which was developed by one of our partners who believed that, as a law firm, we could make a positive impact on the academic success of minority students at area law schools. ACE is led by a law professor and is geared toward ensuring the success of minority first-year law students by teaching exam-writing skills.
- Historically, KMK has participated in minority job fairs, including the Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program held in Northern Kentucky, the Southeastern Minority Job Fair held in Atlanta, and the Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair held in Chicago.
Women and minorities are very active in the management of the firm. They serve on virtually every committee, including the firm's Board of Directors, the Hiring Committee, the Associate Committee, and the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
KMK fully understands the importance of inclusion and diversity. A diverse workforce enriches both our personal and professional lives. We will continue to make great strides in the hiring, retention, and advancement of people with diverse backgrounds.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
KMK is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law.