The Ethics of Diversity and the Economics of Inclusion

  • 29 Mar 2017
  • 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Exelon - 10 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60603


  • Registration deal for groups of 5.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Networking reception to follow

Please note that space is limited.

Cost per person: $500

Program description:

In many law firms and among their corporate clients, diversity is a core value. Yet the American legal profession is fast approaching a crisis when it comes to the declining numbers of African American partners in large law firms. And while the numbers of women and other racial/ethnic minority partners are a little better, after decades of efforts to increase the ranks of diverse partners, they are not nearly as robust as one might hope. How can this be happening when diversity is a core value of the law firms where these partners work and the clients they serve? Might it be a result of a conflict between the value placed upon diversity and other core values such as efficiency and economy? What happens when important values become competing interests? Is there a way to resolve the conflict to create a win-win-win scenario for law firms, corporate clients and diverse partners?

Please join the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) for a special fundraising event where we shall be previewing our forthcoming report, and discussing what can and is being done to stem the decline in the number of African American partners, prevent a decrease in the number of diverse lawyers in law firms, the strategies law firms are trying to address the problems, and the role of corporate general counsel in resolving these and other diversity and inclusion challenges facing the legal profession.  

Sponsorship opportunities available: please contact Sandra Yamate at for information.

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