Archer law firm names chief diversity officer

By Eric Strauss
Haddonfield | Dec 5, 2018 at 7:10 am

Archer & Greiner, a full-service law firm based in Haddonfield, has named one of its attorneys as the firm’s new chief diversity officer, it announced Tuesday.

Lloyd Freeman, a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Group, will also serve as chairman of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in addition to the CDO role. In his new posts, he will carry out Archer & Greiner’s vision to grow diversity and inclusion in the firm, as well as in the legal profession as a whole.

“Diversity and inclusion have been a cornerstone of Archer since our founding more than 90 years ago,” President Christopher R. Gibson said in a prepared statement. “And, while I’m proud of the work we have done in this space, I’m thrilled that Lloyd will build upon our current achievements and work to make Archer a more inclusive place for all.”

Freeman will also promote diversity and inclusion during the recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion processes, the firm said. He created Archer’s affinity group, LEAD, or Lawyers Encouraging Archer’s Diversity, and has coordinated the firm’s summer associate program during a period of its highest diversity.

“Diversity and inclusion have never been more important, and I am honored to be taking on this responsibility and advancing Archer’s efforts in this space, both internally and externally,” he said in a statement. “As chief diversity officer, my ultimate goal and commitment is to make sure that diversity is woven into all aspects of law firm life. This is how you create a truly inclusive work environment.”

Freeman is the first person of color to rise from summer associate with the firm all the way to partner, Archer said.

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