Tag Archives: Diversity

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NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

The New York City Bar Association is gearing up for a summer leadership training program that hopes to put diversity and inclusion tools in the hands of those who might need it most: associates. Over the course of five Fridays this summer, 50 associates, ranging in experience from fourth years to eighth years, will convene for


Are Big Law Associates Less Concerned With Diversity Than Their Partners?

Young Big Law attorneys say they value diversity and inclusion less than partners, according to survey of Above The Law readers released this week. But is that really the case? In the survey, conducted on the ATL website by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, 39 percent of associates strongly agreed that diversity should


Top Black Lawyers Share Advice with Young Attorneys of Color

As hundreds of attorneys convened in downtown Chicago last week for the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, the focus was on the future: mentoring and supporting the next generation of black women entering the legal profession. As a group, black women remain disproportionately underrepresented in Big Law. According to a January report by the

Ricardo Anzaldua.

Deadline for Diversity Issued by Top MetLife Lawyer

Frustrated by the lack of diversity in the legal profession, MetLife’s General Counsel Ricardo Anzaldua is planning to use his $100 million annual legal budget to nudge law firms in the right direction. On April 20, Anzaldua will host lawyers from all over — including up to 75 outside law firms — at MetLife’s Midtown Manhattan

Mary Snapp, corporate vice president of Microsoft Philanthropies, speaks at the Big Law Business D&I Summit in 2015.

Companies Use Diversity Data to Hold Law Firms Accountable

Corporate diversity programs have come a long way since 1999, when Charles Morgan, then-GC of BellSouth Corp., led a group of his peers to sign a statement promising to consider law firm diversity when hiring their outside counsel. Today, legal departments aren’t just asking firms to field diverse groups of attorneys — they’re asking those firms


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

Law Firm Partner Promotions

Breaking News!? Lawyers Promoted to Partner

  When a lawyer makes partner at a large law firm, is it news? During Big Law partner promotion season we noticed what seemed like a new trend among law firm communications departments. Have you noticed this too? In a popular video essay format, as seen on YouTube channels like Nerdwriter1 and Every Frame a Painting,


Law Firms Struggle to Hire and Keep Black Women

During the past decade, law firms have struggled to make even incremental gains in the numbers of minorities and women lawyers in their ranks. But one group has been particularly elusive: women of color — specifically black women. That’s according to a report published earlier this week by the National Association for Law Placement that

Will Ferrell, star of the popular holiday film "Elf," dons a Mickey Mouse-inspired Elf hat and poses with Santa Goofy in front of the holiday-themed Sleeping Beauty Castle.  (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

Google Lawyer on Will Ferrell, ‘Elf’ & Cotton-Headed Ninny Muggins-ness (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author is an in-house lawyer at Google, Inc. By Jack Chen, Product Counsel, Google, Inc.  “I’m a cotton-headed ninny muggins.”  Too often that’s exactly what we tell ourselves. As the story goes, Will Ferrell in the movie “Elf” plays an adult but boyish elf working in Santa’s workshop. He discovers that his