Ross & McBride joins Canada’s Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network
Building on our culture of diversity and inclusion, Ross & McBride is proud to have joined a growing group of more than 40 firms as part of the Law Firm Diversity & Inclusion Network (LFDIN).
"The diversity of our firm, and of the legal community as whole, needs to reflect the broad diversity of our clients,” explained Anandi Naipaul, Chair of Ross & McBride. “Recognizing the value of diversity and inclusion helps us attract and retain top-notch legal talent and, in turn, better serve our clients in an increasingly global environment.”
Through its members, LFDIN aims to advance diversity and inclusion through collaboration, a focus on recruitment, retention, and advancement within firms, supporting outreach programs in law schools and beyond, and promoting thought leadership and constructive dialogue on issues of diversity and inclusion.
These goals resonate with Ross & McBride’s mission to be a positive force in the community and a strong voice for our clients, who range from financial institutions, non-profit organizations, large public corporations, small family businesses, senior citizens, and young people alike.
“At this point, we are the only regionally based law firm in Hamilton that has elected to join the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network. I’m delighted and proud that our firm has chosen to join a union of esteemed law firms that are prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion as fundamental principles,” said Barry Yellin, a partner at Ross & McBride and a member of the firm’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee. “These priorities will impact every aspect of how we conduct our law firm, not only as an employer and as ambassadors of the legal community in the region, but as legal advisors to our clients.”
Ross & McBride has taken steps internally to enhance diversity and inclusion, including implementing new hiring and oversight practices, providing EDI training for all lawyers and staff, and using metrics and data to make better decisions concerning diversity and inclusion. Externally, the firm has taken on pro bono work to support people who are part of historically prejudiced communities and is in the process of developing a Communications Plan that champions diversity and inclusion.
The firm looks forward to working closely with the LFDIN to build on our commitment to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.