Miles & Stockbridge has hired José Bahamonde-González to serve as the firm’s chief diversity, inclusion and professional development officer, the firm announced Tuesday.
Bahamonde-González comes from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he has worked for 22 years, most recently as the associate dean for professional education. He plans to continue in that position on a part-time basis, he said in an interview Tuesday.
Bahamonde-González said he was excited to expand his work training lawyers in diversity and inclusion at the professional level.
“For 20-plus years I’ve been teaching theory and education in terms of training and awareness to students becoming professionals, and now I get to do it on the other side with a firm I love and with people I’ve trusted for years,” Bahamonde-González said.
At the University of Maryland law school, Bahamonde-González said, he will continue to provide career counseling and to coordinate the Professional Development Lecture Series, which is designed for master’s students. He said he will also continue to promote pro bono opportunities to law students.
Bahamonde-González, the first chief diversity, inclusion and professional development officer at Miles & Stockbridge, will serve on the firm’s executive team.
He said his main goal is to integrate diversity and inclusion training into the firm’s professional development curriculum for all attorneys and professional staff.
“For example, it’s making sure we have diversity and inclusion education starting from the summer associate program next year, and that we’ve integrated things like professional development lecture courses and unconscious bias education,” Bahamonde-González said.
In 1998, a year after Bahamonde-González joined the University of Maryland law school, Miles & Stockbridge principal John Frisch invited him to give a lecture on the status of women and minorities in the legal profession.
Since then, Bahamonde-González said, he has had a strong connection with the firm and has consulted on its hiring decisions.
Over the summer, Miles & Stockbridge principal Kraig Long called him to ask if he would consider joining the firm, Bahamonde-González said.
Bahamonde-González was the inaugural chair of the Diversity Advisory Council for the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus and served as the law school’s adviser to the Latinx Law Student Association and the OUTLaw student group.
He is a member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and serves on its Judicial Endorsements Committee.
“José has been a trailblazer for diversity and inclusion throughout his career,” Miles & Stockbridge Chairman Nancy Greene said in a press release. “He brings the kind of energy and experience that can accelerate our progress with the recruitment, promotion and retention of all of our lawyers in a meaningful way.”