Varnum has been recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in its inaugural Empowering Women program, recognizing law firms and legal departments that have shown a strong commitment to supporting and elevating women attorneys. Varnum was one of 16 honorees to be recognized.
Honorees were selected based on a demonstrated commitment to hiring and promoting women, including providing mentorship and professional development opportunities and helping women thrive professionally.
Varnum’s record of participation and leadership in programs focused on inclusivity includes participation in the Mansfield Rule Certification process which measures whether women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ lawyers, and lawyers with disabilities have been considered for leadership opportunities, promotions, lateral positions, and career-enhancing work opportunities. Varnum was the first West Michigan firm to achieve Mansfield Rule certification and is now in the third year of the program.
Through the firm’s DEI Committee, Varnum provides education and training programs as well as recognition of women and other historically underrepresented groups. This year, in honor of Women’s History Month, the firm celebrated the contributions and successes of women leaders across the firm and beyond through a video series featuring women attorneys at Varnum.
A special section featuring profiles of the law firms and legal departments recognized in the Empowering Women program will be featured in the Nov. 23 edition of Michigan Lawyer Weekly.