Diversity & Inclusion

Commitment to diversity and inclusion is a core value at Kaufman & Canoles, and it is our mission to maintain equality throughout all aspects of our business.  Not only does it make us a stronger, better service provider for our clients, it is simply the right thing to do. That’s why we have established a Diversity & Inclusion Committee to:

  • Develop policies to recruit, hire and retain more attorneys of diverse backgrounds;
  • Promote the firm’s image as a leader in the profession and in our communities committed to inclusiveness in employment; and
  • Emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the firm’s recruiting, retention, mentoring, leadership development, training and community outreach.

In an effort to improve our recruiting of talented diverse attorneys, we focus on early identification of minority candidates who demonstrate an aptitude for and interest in the legal profession, sponsor events in our community that raise awareness and funds for minority organizations, attend diversity seminars, host minority recruiting events to introduce students to the firm, and serve on non-profit boards that promote diversity within our community.

  • Diversity & Inclusion Events

    The K&C Diversity & Inclusion Committee is participating in the following 2020 events:


    Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers DivisionLaw School Liaison Recruiting RoundtableJune 10, 2020


    The K&C Diversity & Inclusion Committee participated in the following 2019 events:



    Hampton Roads Chamber 2nd Annual Diversity in Business ForumFeb. 21, 2019
    Greater Richmond SHRM5th Annual Diversity & Inclusion SymposiumMarch 21, 2019
    University of Virginia Black Law Students AssociationSpring Diversity ReceptionApril 8, 2019
    William & Mary Black Law Students AssociationAnnual Oliver Hill Scholarship BanquetApril 13, 2019
    Hampton Roads Association of Legal Administrators (HRALA)Monthly Luncheon – 25 Diversity & Inclusion TipsJune 11, 2019
    Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF)Bronze Sponsor at the Southeastern Minority Job FairJuly 19, 2019
    Virginia State Bar (VSB)2nd Annual State Forum on Legal DiversitySeptember 20, 2019
    Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association (MABLSA)52nd Annual Regional Convention in PhiladelphiaOctober 19, 2019
    University of RichmondAffinity Group ReceptionOctober 21, 2019
    Hampton Roads ChamberDiversity in Business ForumOctober 22, 2019
    Virginia State BarYLC Annual Bench-Bar DinnerOctober 29, 2019



    The K&C Diversity & Inclusion Committee participated in the following 2018 events:



    Mid-Atlantic National Black Law Students Association50th Annual Regional ConventionFeb. 7-11, 2018
    William & Mary Black Law Students Association (BLASA)Annual Oliver Hill Scholarship BanquetFeb. 24, 2018
    Richmond Society for Human Resource Management4th Annual Diversity and Inclusion SymposiumMarch 15, 2018
    University of Virginia Black Law Students AssociationSpring Diversity ReceptionMarch 29, 2018
    William & Mary Law Career CenterDiversity Association Meet & GreetSept. 21, 2018



    The K&C Diversity & Inclusion Committee participated in the following 2017 events:



    American Bar AssociationImplementing Diversity and Inclusion Initiative in the
    Workplace Webinar
    Jan. 24, 2017
    William & Mary1L-Alumni Mock Interview ProgramFeb. 3, 2017
    PLI On-Demand Web ProgramDiversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2016Feb. 10, 2017
    Virginia State Bar YLC Annual Bench-Bar DinnerJepson Alumni Center, RichmondMarch 8, 2017
    William & Mary Black Law Student Association (BLSA)BLSA Oliver Hill BrunchApril 8, 2017
    The Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF)Gold Sponsor at the Southeastern Minority Job FairJuly 21-22, 2017
    Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association Regional Job FairTable Talk Sponsor at the MABLSA Job FairAug. 12, 2017
    Virginia Center for Inclusive CommunitiesEastern VA Regional Diversity & Inclusion ConferenceNov. 1, 2017
  • Letter from Diversity & Inclusion Chair

    We know that a diverse workplace makes us better at what we do – serving our clients and our communities.  At Kaufman & Canoles, we recognize the social necessity of a diversity policy, but also understand that it is a crucial factor in our business success. To compete in a global marketplace and to serve corporate clients who express their diversity expectation in their representation, we must also demand diversity and equality within the firm. Our future depends on the recruitment and retention of talented, young and experienced lawyers. We would be remiss to exclude such a large talent base by not embracing diversity among our attorneys.


    As Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a mother of two young children, I am proud to lead the eight-member Committee which is committed to increasing and strengthening diversity and inclusion at Kaufman & Canoles.  Should you have any questions about our diversity initiatives, I welcome you to contact me.



    Mary Elizabeth Sherwin

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    Kaufman & Canoles is committed to equal employment opportunity (EEO) in all aspects of our employment and retention practices and decisions. From recruiting to hiring, from training to promotion, from compensation to employee benefits, and everywhere in our workplace environment we are dedicated to achieving this requirement.


    EEO is not just the law; it is our philosophy and our expectation. We will evaluate and treat  all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, and non-disqualifying disability. We will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with a disability to enable them to perform the essential elements of their position.


    We want to stress our seriousness regarding this policy and practice. We will take prompt and appropriate actions to ensure that qualified applicants and employees are not subjected to unlawful discrimination and/or harassment in any term or condition of employment on the basis of any currently or subsequently protected class or status including the above, and we also prohibit discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of veteran or marital status, sexual preference, and gender identity.


    We will invite employees to voluntarily self-identify any protected class or status so that we can ensure our workforce diversity. Persons choosing not to self-disclose will not be placed at any disadvantage. Overall data submitted will be evaluated by management.


    All of our employees will share in our commitment to EEO. Management personnel in particular undertake responsibility for implementation and achievement of the goals and requirements of our policy. When appropriate, compliance with our policy will be evaluated and unsatisfactory performance or conduct will be addressed. No employee will be subjected to discipline or retaliation for making a complaint regarding a failure of our required EEO practices or for assisting or acting as a witness for an applicant or another employee.