July 6, 2012
Diversity Initiative Welcomes New Members
Frost Brown Todd and Region Ten of the Hispanic National Bar Association are the newest members of the Columbus Bar’s Managing Partners Diversity Initiative (MPDI). They have joined twenty-eight other Central Ohio law firms, law schools, minority bar associations and government offices by signing a five-year commitment to increase retention and recruitment of attorneys of color.
The MPDI is in its eleventh year and has seen a 74% increase of minority attorneys in the law firms since the beginning in 2001. The charge as identified by Kurt Tunnell, managing partner at Bricker & Eckler and chair of the diversity advisory committee: “Each of our firms and organizations needs to challenge itself on how we can redouble our efforts to attract and retain diverse attorneys and find new ways to encourage inclusion at all levels.”
The 2011-2016 Signatories: Bailey Cavalieri LLC, Baker & Hostetler LLP, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Bricker & Eckler LLP, Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP, Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP, Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP, Dinsmore & Shohl, Frost Brown Todd LLC, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Ice Miller LLP Legal Counsel, Isaac, Brant, Ledman & Teetor LLP, Jones Day, Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, Maguire & Schneider, LLP, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, Reminger Co. LPA, Roetzel & Andress, Squire Sanders, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Thompson Hine LLP, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, Wiles Boyle Burkholder & Bringardner Co. LPA, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio, Capital University Law School, Columbus Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, John Mercer Langston Bar Association, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus City Attorney, and the Ohio Attorney General.
Pictured: Steven M. Ellcessor, Frost Brown Todd Partner and Chair of Firm Wide Diversity Committee, and Melinda S. Molina, HNBA Region 10 President and Asst. Professor at Capital University Law School