Diversity & Inclusion articles

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Men Six Times Less Likely to Say Gender Pay Gap ‘Definitely’ Exists

Men Six Times Less Likely to Say Gender Pay Gap ‘Definitely’ Exists

Women lawyers working in-house are far more likely than men to make lower salaries, and yet in a recent survey of over 1,800 in-house counsel, 34 percent of men said they do not “at all” believe a gender compensation gap exists. According to the report published this week by the Association of Corporate Counsel, there

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Panasonic GC Would Take More Work In-House, If He Could

Damien Atkins, General Counsel of Panasonic USA, believes in-house counsel play “the most important role” in diversifying the legal industry because he’s experienced it first-hand.  “My personal story is that I got some opportunities because some clients at my former law firm started asking the diversity question,” Atkins said during a recent interview with Big Law Business.

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Are Systemic Legal Problems Like Public Health Problems? (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author is the Louis Stein Chair at Fordham Law School, where he directs the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics. By Bruce A. Green, Fordham Law School Taking a page from the medical profession, the American Bar Association recommends that we all periodically get “legal checkups” to see whether we have legal

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MetLife GC Ricardo Anzaldua To Retire This Summer

MetLife’s General Counsel Ricardo Anzaldua, who has been a leading advocate for greater diversity in the legal profession and who waged a legal battle to remove the insurer’s designation as ‘too big to fail,’ will be stepping down on June 30. He will continue as a special legal advisor to MetLife CEO Steven Kandarian and plans to

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Immigration Lawyers Move Conference in Wake of Texas ‘Sanctuary’ Law

By Genevieve Douglas, Bloomberg BNA The American Immigration Lawyers Association canceled plans to hold its 2018 annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, because of a new state law that bans “sanctuary cities.” Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) May 7, the Republican-passed SB4 requires all local government and law enforcement officials to follow federal immigration laws

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Law Firms Adopt Policy to Promote Women and Minorities

Under a one year pilot program, thirty U.S. law firms have agreed to adopt a policy that requires them to consider women and minority lawyers when it comes to promoting and hiring talent. Senior in-house lawyers from HP, Facebook, PayPal, American Express, Target, Walmart, Microsoft and other companies have agreed to meet privately with beneficiaries of the

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Law Firms Expand Role of Diversity and Inclusion Groups

It used to be — 10 years ago — that diversity programs at law firms primarily offered standalone events, resources and affinity groups for ethnic and racial minorities and women. This was separate from what’s known as general professional development, whereby associates are groomed for partner and key partners are then nurtured and promoted to senior leadership

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Big Law Business Summit in 5 Minutes

  Highlights from the 3rd Annual Big Law Business Summit held last week in New York City. In order of appearance: Sona Pancholy of Bloomberg BNA; Eric Grossman, Chief Legal Officer of Morgan Stanley; Jon Lindsey of Major, Lindsey & Africa; Peter Beshar, General Counsel of Marsh & McLennan; Matthew Cooper, Head of Legal at Capital

Kelly Tullier, general counsel of Visa Inc., speaks at the 2015 Big Law Business diversity and inclusion summit in New York. Photo: Jamie Watts/ Big Law Business.

The Ranks of Women GCs are Growing

More and more women are being hired for the top lawyer jobs in Fortune 500 companies, and more of them are being hired via external searches instead of promoted from within, a new study has found. In 2016, 35 percent of new Fortune 500 general counsel jobs were filled by women, whereas in 2012, women