Tag Archives: Diversity


Discover Ways in Which Diversity Has Been Done Well

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

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Life as a “4L” — Lesbian, Latina, Lady, Lawyer — and the Complexity of Identity (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: This column is written by the co-chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team and is part of a podcast mini-series produced by Law School Transparency about women in law. By Laura J. Maechtlen, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP At a national conference sponsored by an organization focused on diversity in the legal profession, I

Professor Graham Bell's telephone showing :- 1 Transmitter 2 Receiver 3 Later form of long-distance telephone for office use 4 Portable telephone 5 Section of above 6 Telephone in use Original Publication: Illustrated London news - pub. 1872   (Photo by Illustrated London News/Getty Images)

Answering the Call for Diversity in the Legal Profession (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: The author of this post is a legal recruiter based in Baltimore. By Simon Robinson, President, Major Lindsey & Africa and Allegis Partners The adage that law is an old boys club hasn’t gone away. White males have dominated the legal industry for decades, and they still are today. A 2015 survey of

U.S. President Barack Obama signs an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum at an event marking Equal Pay Day in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Corporate America Pressures Law Firms to Promote Minorities

By Laura Colby, Bloomberg News What does diversity mean in the age of a Donald Trump presidency? Even as the U.S. and the globe become increasingly diverse, the president-elect’s cabinet appointments have so far been strong on billionaires and white men and weak on women and blacks. While Corporate America still gets low marks for

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Legal Recruiter Reflects on Gender Diversity in Silicon Valley

Natasha Innocenti has spent the past two decades moving some of the biggest lawyers in the Bay Area, particularly women lawyers. On Wednesday, Innocenti announced she was leaving her home for the past 13 years, the recruiting firm, Major Lindsey & Africa to start her own boutique. “The engine of this geography is the emerging company,


Diversity’s Death by a Million Little Paper Cuts (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: This column is part of a mini-series produced by Law School Transparency about women in law.  “Misunderstandings and neglect create more confusion in this world than trickery and malice” ~Goethe “The Sorrows of Young Werther”   If only “the man” existed. Many societal ills could be fixed by finding him and re-organizing his managerial