Commitment to diversity 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 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 Events

The K&C Diversity Committee is participating in the following 2017 events:

PLI On-Demand Web Program Diversity & Inclusion in Law Practice 2016 Feb. 10, 2017
Jepson Alumni Center, Richmond Virginia State Bar YLC Annual Bench-Bar Dinner March 8, 2017
The Southeastern Minority Job Fair (SEMJF) Gold Sponsor at the Southeastern Minority Job Fair

July 21-22, 2017


Letter from Diversity 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 Committee and a mother of two young children, I am proud to lead the nine member Diversity 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 a policy of equal employment opportunity that spans all aspects of the employment process. From recruiting and hiring to training and promotion, our EEO policy is dedicated to the spirit of equal opportunity.

Equal Employment Opportunity for all is a very important Firm philosophy. We will evaluate all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, non-disqualifying disability or history of military service. We will also make all reasonable accommodations required by law for qualified persons with a disability.

We want to stress our seriousness regarding this policy. We will take action to ensure that qualified applicants and employees are not subjected to unlawful discrimination. This includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, employment, assignments, promotions, reassignments or transfers, disciplinary matters, establishing rates of pay or other compensation and selection for training programs.

All management personnel share responsibility for implementation and compliance with this policy, and performance in this area will be continually evaluated, as is performance on other aspects of Firm operations.