Diversity & Inclusion articles

The reflections of pedestrians are seen in a window of the International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Watson headquarters in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. To help commercialize the technology famous for beating humans on the "Jeopardy!" game show, new languages such as Portuguese and Japanese are being added to the Watson service this year, said Stephen Gold, vice president of the Watson Group business. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: IBM Expands eDiscovery Technology

Wake Up Call: IBM Expands eDiscovery Technology

• IBM said it is updating the discovery service of its artificial intelligence-powered platform Watson with an expansion of its eDiscovery and business research technology. (Legaltech News) • Big banks and technology companies are fighting over control of a very valuable commodity — users’ personal data. (New York Times DealBook) • Is Deutsche Bank’s refusal to pay junior lawyers

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Law Firms Promote Flexible Work Arrangements Lawyers Don’t Use

Even though many Big Law firms tout progressive flex-time, reduced hours and telecommuting policies, most of their attorneys aren’t taking advantage of them, according to the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, a think tank focused on diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. In a survey of 28 Big Law firms published Wednesday, the alliance found that

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, listens as Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, not pictured, speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Gorsuch Not a Sure Vote for Trump as Immigration Battles Build

By Joel Rosenblatt and Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News A Mexican immigrant who twice entered the U.S. illegally has one man in particular to thank for being able to live and work in Oklahoma City with his family — Judge Neil M. Gorsuch. Gorsuch, the nominee President Donald Trump is betting on to be his Supreme Court tie-breaker,

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Wake Up Call: Trump’s CFTC Pick May Signal Change on Dodd-Frank

• U.S. President Donald Trump plans to nominate J. Christopher Giancarlo to chair the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates the derivatives trading that set off the financial crisis. Unlike Trump, Giancarlo has said he supports the core reforms of the Dodd-Frank Act. (New York Times DealBook) A Republican member of the CFTC, Giancarlo took over as the

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Ex-Chadbourne Partner of 35 Years Decries Firm’s ‘Origination Inheritance’ System

Add Mary Yelenick, a longtime Chadbourne & Parke partner and onetime head of the product liability group, to the list of women who say the “male-dominated culture” of the firm’s management committee has led to decades of systematic discrimination against female attorneys. In a sworn declaration filed in Manhattan federal court, Yelenick took aim at Chadbourne’s

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Flush With Cash, ACLU Now Trying to Deliver on Anti-Trump Agenda

By Erik Larson, Bloomberg News Florida nurse Kim Ambrose, who has a mixed- race teenage daughter and a Cuban-immigrant husband, said President Donald Trump’s treatment of minorities and women inspired her to sign up to pay $10 a month to the American Civil Liberties Union, despite her modest salary. “I’m very frightened about what’s happening

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Wake Up Call: House Bill a ‘Death Sentence’ for Plaintiffs’ Firms

• President Donald Trump has pro-business groups optimistic that Congress will finally pass legislation that would discourage class actions and generally make it harder to sue businesses. A Columbia Law professor said one of a series bills that the House is considering could be a “death sentence” for large plaintiffs’ firms. However, passage of such a bill by the Senate is far from certain. (Bloomberg


Discover Ways in Which Diversity Has Been Done Well

The legal profession is one that is often criticized for its lack of diversity. We at Major, Lindsey & Africa pride ourselves on our efforts to diversify the profession and our organization and applaud our clients for the work they do to move the diversity needle. Many strides are being made to foster inclusive workplaces

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. headquarters stands in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Photo by John Taggart/Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Lawyer On Joining Cadwalader Immigration Clinic

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Goldman Sachs are teaming up on an unusual project given their lines of business: helping eligible undocumented immigrants apply for lawful permanent residency in the U.S. Cadwalader’s Black & Latino Association, a mentorship, leadership and advocacy group for attorneys at the firm, originally started the clinic two years ago as a way

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Judge Walton Journeyed From Football to FISA Court

Judge Reggie Walton was appointed to judgeships by three presidents, and football helped him get there, the judge told Bloomberg BNA. “I probably would not have gone to college” but for a football scholarship because “I didn’t come from a family with a lot of resources,” the senior judge for the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia said.