For Law Departments: Five Strategies to Help Your Outside Firms Increase Diversity

Help Your Outside Firms Increase Diversity

Six years ago corporate law departments began the dialogue of encouraging their outside counsel firms to make greater efforts toward increasing diversity in the legal profession.  In 1999, more than 400 chief legal officers of Fortune 500 companies signed what has become known as the Diversity Statement (Diversity in the Workplace: A Statement of Principle), a document promoting diversity in the workplace.  While there have been advances in gender and racial diversity in the legal field, those advances remain marginal: only 4.3% of partners in major U.S. law firms are attorneys of color and only 17% are women.

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