IILP Updates

In this Update:
What’s New
What’s Been Going On
What’s Happening
What’s Coming Up
Getting Involved with IILP

Greetings from the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP")! You’ve likely received our earlier notices about some of our new efforts, but knowing how busy everyone is, we thought you might appreciate a quick update on IILP’s other activities.

WHAT’S NEW

Competing Interests

If you haven’t read them yet, you can still download IILP’s new series of papers, “Competing Interests” at no charge from our website at www.TheIILP.com/Publications. This three-part series of papers examine a previously unrecognized aspect to the legal profession’s ongoing challenge to become more diverse and inclusive: what happens when diversity, as a core value, is forced to compete with other core values in corporations and law firms.

“Competing Interests” explains:

  1. Why corporate clients and outside counsel need to be concerned about declining numbers of African American partners;
  2. How the profession has overlooked how efforts designed to promote economy and efficiency have undermined diversity and inclusion efforts; and,
  3. Specific recommendations for lawyers, law firms and corporate law departments that explain how to address these concerns, and why.

The papers detail how corporate preferred provider programs that decrease the number of law firms eligible to handle a company’s legal work so as to gain more efficiency and better pricing are impacting the ability of diverse lawyers to secure that work. And the competition between diversity and other core values are not limited to corporations. Law firms that insist upon direct connections between their support of diversity and business generation are adversely impacting the profession’s diversity efforts as well as their own firm efforts.

For many within the legal profession there is a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion but not nearly enough action. “Competing Interests” offers the legal profession specific, concrete actions that can result in meaningful action.

“Competing Interests” is the result of the experiences, candor, and thoughtful analysis of its contributors: E. Macey Russell, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Marci Rubin, California Bar Foundation Board of Directors; David Douglass, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; and Martin Greene, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP. Our thanks to them for this labor of love!

IILP Review 2017: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

IILP has released its 2017 Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession. The Review provides:

  • Compilation and analysis of the most current statistics on diversity in the profession;
  • 30 articles examining different aspects of diversity issues within the profession, offering practical tips, real world insights, and in-depth analysis of the diversity within diversity; and,
  • A Practice Round-Up that highlights the most promising strategies and programs to advance diversity from across the US.

This is the IILP’s fourth review and contains data updated as of September 2016.  The Review is available at no charge and can be accessed: http://www.theiilp.com/IILP-Review-2017. Hard copies are being mailed to the General Counsel of the Fortune 500, the Chairs of the 250 largest law firms in the country, the deans and placement offices of all accredited law schools, and all IILP Partner and Ally firms and corporations.

Thanks to Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Chambliss and all of the authors, editors, and everyone who submitted information for the Practice Round-Up. And special thanks to our friends at The Claro Group for their continued sponsorship and support!

Social Impact Incubator

Some of us have been toiling in the diversity and inclusion vineyard for a long time. A VERY long time. As subject matter experts, we speak at a lot of conferences and programs and get asked to lead, or be involved in, many of the most interesting diversity and inclusion initiatives taking place. But what happens once we’re gone?

IILP is thrilled to announce the launch of its new Social Impact Incubator! The Social Impact Incubator is intended to bring together a core group of Millennial lawyers from a wide variety of practice settings and backgrounds and to begin to train them to be the next generation of thought leaders on diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As we teach them about the legal profession’s diversity and inclusion history and experiences – how we got to where we are now – the participants will be examining what they, as a generation, think this profession’s diversity and inclusion goals ought to be and designing programs and projects to move it in that direction. They’ll gain familiarity in discussing and trying to answer the “hard questions” in diversity as well as speaking about it beyond “the choir.”

Katie Larkin-Wong from Latham & Watkins LLP will be chairing the new Social Impact Incubator. We’re expecting great things from this group!

WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON

Silicon Valley Symposium on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

On March 27th, we presented our first Symposium featuring the new 2017 IILP Review. Our thanks to Hewlett Packard Enterprise for hosting the program (with a wonderful welcome from Brian A. Tippens, Chief Diversity officer) and to all the authors who presented: Collette Brown, Neal Gerber Eisenberg LLP; Jay Mitchell, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP; Brian Winterfeldt, Mayer Brown LLP; Brandon Mita, Littler Mendelson P.C.; Angela Winfield, Northeast ADA Center; Kori Cordero, Tribal Law and Policy Institute; and Meredith Moore, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

For this program, the innovative panel discussion, “Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Industry: Corporate Law Departments and Their Outside Counsel” focused on what’s actually being done in the real world of Silicon Valley’s legal profession and beyond. Thank you to the very candid and forthright panelists: Willie Hernandez, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Andy Hinton, Google; Sang Kim, DLA Piper; Caren Ulrich Stacy, DiversityLab; Quyen Ta, Keker, Van Nest & Peters; and Monica Zent, ZentLaw as well as our Moderator, Marci Rubin.

Thanks also to Patricia Lee and the State Bar of California Council on Access & Fairness for handling the CLE accreditation and our Host Committee: Tammy Albarran – Covington & Burling LLP; Rajiv Dharnidharka – DLA Piper LLP; Joan Haratani – Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Willie Hernandez – Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Rew Ikazaki – Tesla Motors; Committee Chair Kenton King – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Shannon Kung – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Felix Lee – Fenwick & West LLP; Christophe Mosby – Hewlett Packard Company; Amy Park – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Committee Co-Chair Marci Rubin – California Bar Foundation; Michelle Uddin – The Claro Group; and, Robert White – California Minority Counsel Program.

We are grateful for all the enthusiastic comments we received from attendees but it couldn’t have been done without all of these lawyers’ help and support!

Ethics of Diversity and the Economics of Inclusion

On March 29th, IILP presented “The Ethics of Diversity and the Economics of Inclusion,” hosted by Exelon Corporation at their Chicago headquarters. After a rousing keynote address by William Von Hoene, Exelon’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Macey Russell from Choate Hall & Stewart presented an overview of IILP’s new “Competing Interests” papers.

We asked a panel of law firm chairs, executive committee members, managing partners, and practice group leaders to discuss the papers and provide their thoughts on the validity of the findings and the feasibility of implementing the recommendations. Out thanks to Larry A. Barden, Chair, Management Committee and Member, Executive Committee, Sidley Austin LLP; Reginald J. Hill, Member, Management Committee, Jenner & Block LLP; Christina Martini, Member, Executive Committee, National Hiring Partner and IP Practice Group Leader, DLA Piper LLP; Gus Siller, President-Elect, Brinks Gilson & Lione; Michael Wagner, Member, Executive Committee, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Diane E. Webster, Partner-in-Charge of Chicago Office, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; and our moderator, Lorraine McGowen, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

We thought it important to also seek the reactions and comments of corporate clients. What did they think about these findings and would their corporations be open to implementing any of the recommendations? Thank you to Earl J. Barnes, II, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advocate Health Care; D. Cameron Findlay, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Archer Daniels Midland; Elena Kraus, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Walgreen Co.; Deborah Lloyd, General Counsel, GE Power & Water; Thomas O’Neill, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon and moderator Sharon E. Jones, CEO, Jones Diversity Group for a stimulating and lively discussion!

Access Success

Access Success showcases attorneys and law students with disabilities and introduces them to law firms and law departments interested in expanding their own networks of able counsel. IILP was excited to be a part of this, the inaugural presentation, and to work with the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section; the National Association of Attorneys with Disabilities; the ABA Commission on Disability Rights; the ABA Law Practice Division; and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Special thanks to Jennifer Byrne, Bob Furnier, and our own Hannah Kelly for all their work!

Ms. JD 9th Annual Conference for Women in the Law

IILP was delighted to participate in Ms. JD’s “P.R.O.P.E.L.” conference. It was an energetic conference and impressive to see the passion and vigor with which Ms. JD is approaching the diversity and Inclusion challenges of the profession.

Circuit Court of Cook County (IL) First Municipal District Advisory Committee Meeting

IILP was pleased to make a presentation about its work, challenges in the diversity and inclusion arena, and hot and trending topics in diversity at the Circuit Court of Cook County’s First Municipal District Advisory Committee Meeting. As many of the participants are judges, prosecutors, public defenders, court personnel or work in solo practice or for small firms or Legal Aid, Legal Assistance or other not-for-profit entities, we were especially happy to be able to speak with this group as they serve as a good reminder that diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is not only something that those in large corporations or Big Law are concerned about or impacted by. It’s a big profession and we all have a stake in this. Thank you, Hon. E. Kenneth Wright for the opportunity!

Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy

IILP was honored to be part of the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy’s 2017 Symposium on “Understanding Diversity in Legal Academic and Work Environments” at the University of Texas Law School in Austin. It was exciting and inspiring to see how the law students involved in the program were so engaged in discussing how issues of race and other forms of diversity are being addressed in law school and beyond. Kudos to everyone involved in organizing this stimulating program!

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Inclusion at Work

Inclusion at Work is IILP’s blog, written by Takeia Johnson, a lawyer and Sociology PhD candidate. If you haven’t checked it out, please do so! Takeia writes thoughtful and interesting pieces that capture what a lot of diverse lawyers are thinking and feeling! Here’s the latest post: https://inclusionatwork.wordpress.com/2017/05/03/the-day-after-a-police-shooting/

Video Project

IILP gets many requests to have our programs webcast or filmed for later viewing. But one of the things that make IILP programs so interesting to our audiences is the degree of candor and personal insights so many of our speakers and panelists bring. Therefore, we’ve embarked upon a project to film interviews with speakers and select portions of certain programs with an eye toward creating videos that provide the same substance and information but allow our speakers a degree of control over what gets online later. Thus, they have an opportunity to be completely open when they speak at our programs knowing that anything too candid won’t haunt them (at least not from IILP). Lead by IILP Advisory Board Member Barrington Lopez, IILP has started filming video segments with the help and support of interviewers Danielle Phillip and Rashad Morgan from Brinks Gilson & Lione and Sharon Jones of Jones Diversity.

WHAT’S COMING UP

Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

In conjunction with the publication of the new 2017 Review, IILP will be convening Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Our first was on March 27th at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Alto. Upcoming symposia will be presented in Chicago (June 6th at BMO Harris Financial Group), Cincinnati (June 27th at Procter & Gamble), Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles (November 14th at Sidley Austin), New York, Seattle (October 6th at Starbucks), and Washington, DC. Dates and registration information will be posted as available at www.TheIILP.com/calendar. All attendees will receive a hard copy of the new Review.

If your bar association would like to co-sponsor one or more of the Symposia at no cost so that your members may register for any Symposium at a 50% discount, please contact Hannah Kelly at Hannah.Kelly@TheIILP.com for details.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Latin America Legal Profession

IILP is working with Philip Morris International, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, and the New York City Bar Association to present “Diversity and Inclusion in the Latin America Legal Profession” on June 5th. We’re honored to have Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte as the keynote speaker! The program will focus on the diversity expectations and demands of corporate clients in Latin America, the research available, and better practices for law firms in Latin America. We’re pleased to see so many law firms based primarily in Latin America are planning to attend but for those unable to join us in person, the conference will be webcast in a number of Latin America countries. The program will culminate with a reception at which several of the corporations will be recognizing those of their Latin American outside counsel whose diversity efforts merit recognition. Thank you to the corporate participants: General Electric; Honeywell International; Mondelēz International; Philip Morris International; and Walmart. And much gratitude to the sponsors: Baker & McKenzie LLP; Hunton & Williams LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

GETTING INVOLVED IN IILP

There’s a lot to be done and a lot more we’d like to do! We could use your help. Please let us know if you’re interested in serving on a Host/Planning Committee for an upcoming Symposium or undertaking a research project. Write a response to one of our blog posts or share/retweet our posts! Or, just attend one of our programs when we’re in your city and bring others who aren’t the “usual suspects.” We’re always happy to see you!

Sandra S. Yamate

CEO

INSTITUTE FOR INCLUSION IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
321 S. Plymouth Court

Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 628-5885

Mobile: (312) 375-8271

Sandra.Yamate@TheIILP.com

www.TheIILP.com


  • 13 Mar 2014 4:04 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    In this Update:

    What’s New

    What’s Been Happening

    What’s Coming Up

     

     

    While the calendar may say “spring,” Mother Nature clearly isn’t paying attention. So, at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) we’re staying warm by keeping busy.  And if you’d like to keep warm, too, we hope that you’ll join us in some of our programs and events!

    WHAT’S NEW

    IILP Advisory Board

    IILP is delighted to announce that Adisa P. Bakari from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has joined IILP’s Advisory Board.

    2013-14 IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    We’ve received some brilliant article submissions for the next IILP Review and the fall symposia that will be based upon them look to be addressing some novel and intriguing discussions about diversity and inclusion issues and challenges in the legal profession. We’re considering in which cities to present our 2014 fall symposia so if you’d like to weigh in with your opinion, please visit our Facebook page and give us your thoughts!

    IILP’s Up To the Minute News!

    Keep up with IILP’s up to the minute news and activities! “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @TheIILP for the latest information about IILP!

     

    WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING

    A View from the Trenches

    IILP was pleased to participate in the ABA TIPS Diversity Series: A View from the Trenches during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago in February. IILP Board Member Hon. E. Kenneth Wright and CEO Sandra Yamate joined a panel with Gary Gassman from Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP and Denise Avant from the Office of the Cook County Public Defender and moderated by Darcee Siegel for a robust discussion about diversity challenges in the Windy City.

    UPenn APALSA Conference

    The UPenn APALSA Conference was without doubt the best organized conference we’ve ever seen! Kudos to the student organizers and volunteers, especially Karen Wong, Anna Han, and Chris Lee! They set a standard few conference organizers ever meet! IILP enjoyed participating in the conference, moderating the opening panel, “A Seat at the Table: APA Inclusion in the Legal Profession and Beyond,” which featured a stellar line up: Nermeen Aratsu from CUNY School of Law and a leader in the growing Muslim legal community; Bruce Yamashita who challenged the US Marine Corps for internal discrimination against minorities; and Phil Yu, the Founder and Editor of Angry Asian Man. It was a lively and fun discussion and served as a reminder about how enjoyable it can be to engage in a discussion with law students.

    InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks

    IILP was happy to participate in the New York launch of the InterLaw Diversity Forum’s Apollo Project. The InterLaw Diversity Forum is based in the UK. Its Apollo Project features a toolkit that aims to help firms implement practical, real-life examples and solutions from across the legal sector and beyond that have already proven successful. The toolkit will consist of a portfolio of successful projects and case studies which have resulted in measurable cultural or organization change.  

    WHAT’S COMING UP

    Louisiana State Bar Association’s 7th Annual Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession

    IILP is delighted to be participating in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Conclave on Diversity on March 21 in New Orleans. IILP Board Member Sharon E. Jones will be speaking on “Leadership with Intention: Institutionalizing Diversity & Inclusion in Your Organization” and IILP Advisory Board Member David Douglass will be speaking on “Navigating Cognitive Biases, Blind Spots, and Cultural Impairments When Balancing Ethical Decision-Making.”

    One More Symposium on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    IILP friends and supporters in San Diego urged us to make a visit to their fair city and present one more symposium on the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. And when our friends from the California Minority Counsel Program (“CMCP”) added their voices to the chorus, how could we decline? (And did we mention winter’s persistence?) If you are in or around San Diego on March 27th, please join us for a symposium on the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession at Mintz Levin beginning at 3:30 PM. There is no charge to attend this event but space is limited so you must register at www.TheIILP.com (click on Calendar/Events).

    Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinic

    IILP has been enjoying a partnership with Harvard Law School’s Negotiation and Mediation Clinic which is lead by Professor Robert Bordone. Working with the Clinic, we have been studying how law firms communicate internally about sensitive topics such as perceptions of bias. As a result, IILP will be joining Professor Bordone and some of the Clinic’s other clients at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Legal Educators Colloquium in Miami on April 5th to discuss how this has worked and what we’ve learned so far.

    Under Colour of Law: Race and Ethnicity Within the Legal Profession

    IILP is excited to be working with the Equality & Diversity Committee of The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, the Black Solicitors Network, the InterLaw Diversity Forum, and the Society of Asian Lawyers to present “Under Colour of Law: Race and Ethnicity Within the Legal Profession,” which will explore how explicit and implicit biases about people with darker colour skin impact opportunities for Black Minority Ethnic attorneys in the UK and US. Kevin D. Brown, the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Maurer School of Law at Indiana University has spent over 25 years studying British, American, South African, and Indian attitudes toward individuals with darker skin colour. During the Spring, 2014 semester, he has been teaching a course to American law students in London that compares and contrasts the experiences of blacks in the US, with that of blacks in the UK, blacks in South Africa, and Dalits in India while researching how the experience of being Black in the UK compares to that in the US and what that might mean for law schools and the legal profession. On 17 April, Professor Brown will be presenting his findings, followed by a dialogue between Professor Brown and barrister Gelaga King about how the British and American legal professions are addressing these challenges. The programme will conclude with a panel discussion between British and American lawyers about what they are seeing and experiencing in the real world. During the discussion, a team of law students from SOAS Law School at the University of London will be tweeting their thoughts, comments and impressions about what is being discussed. Our thanks to Baker & McKenzie for hosting this programme. If you’d like to attend, please register at www.TheIILP.com and click on “Calendar/Events.”

    We’ve already had some requests to present this programme in the US and are looking for hosts/sponsors. If that is something in which you’re interested, please let us know!

    LOOKING AHEAD

    Later this spring, IILP will be presenting at or participating in programs in Kansas City, Toronto, New York, and Washington, D.C. We’ll keep you posted and hope that we’ll see you at one or more!

     

     

     

    Sandra S. Yamate

    CEO

    INSTITUTE FOR INCLUSION IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
    321 S. Plymouth Court

    Chicago, IL 60604

    (312) 628-5885

    Mobile: (312) 375-8271

    Sandra.Yamate@TheIILP.com

    www.TheIILP.com

    Follow us @TheIILP

  • 29 Oct 2013 9:38 AM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    In this Update:

    What’s New

    What’s Been Happening

    What’s Coming Up

     

    The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) is in the midst of a busy autumn, suggesting the old adage that there’s no rest for the “Wicked” may indeed be true. But things have been going so well – no small feat when you’re working toward more meaningful diversity and inclusion in the legal profession – who can blame us if we feel like we’re “Defying Gravity”? So, here’s an update on IILP!

    WHAT’S NEW

    Call for Papers

    Although we’re still in the midst of our current Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion, we’re already looking ahead to next year and invite you to submit a paper for publication! Full details on the Call for Papers for the 2013 IILP Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession along with Author Guidelines can be found on our website at www.TheIILP.com.  

    IILP Advisory Board

    IILP is delighted to announce that Barack Echols from Kirkland & Ellis has joined IILP’s Advisory Board.

    IILP’s Up To the Minute News!

    Keep up with IILP’s up to the minute news and activities! “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @TheIILP for the latest information about IILP! And a special “thank you” to Betty Jang for updating and connecting IILP’s social media!

     

    WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING

    Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award

    IILP took great pride in seeing our Chairman, Marc Firestone, receive the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award. The award was to have been presented last year but Hurricane Sandy forced it to be postponed.

    The Ethics of Diversity and the Politics of Inclusion

    IILP’s October 1-2 fundraisers explored the intersection of the ethics that underlie the legal profession’s diversity efforts and the politics that impact efforts to become a truly inclusive profession. The discussion was robust, the Q&A lively, and we met our challenge grant! It was interesting to see how different the discussions were between Chicago and New York. We’re now working with a team of lawyers to summarize what we learned from both events and will make those available on our website.

    Thanks to everyone who took the time to attend either or both programs. Thanks especially to our panelists and moderators – Stuart A. Alderoty, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, HSBC North America Holdings, Inc.; Elisa D. Garcia C., Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Office Depot; Carrie J. Hightman, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, NiSource, Inc.; Deborah Lloyd, Associate General Counsel, General Electric; Barrington Lopez, Vice President and General Counsel – Midwest Area, Verizon Wireless; Willie Miller, Jr., Deputy General Counsel, Mondelēz International; Gerd Pleuhs, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Mondelēz International; Elke Suber, Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation; Cathy Tang, Chief Legal Officer, KFC Corporation; Michael A. Yap, Chief Legal Officer, Prudential Financial Investments – as well as our Host Committee members – Dan Boho of Hinshaw Culbertson; Brian Duwe of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom; John Mathias of Jenner & Block; Lorraine McGowen of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Terry Murphy of the Chicago Bar Association; Raj Shah of DLA Piper; Stanley B. Stallworth of Sidley Austin; Michael J. Wagner of Baker & McKenzie; and Tom White of Schiff Hardin – our friends at Mondelēz International and Chicago Chocolate Tours for the goody bag contents, and most especially to Baker & McKenzie and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe for generously hosting the two events.

    IILP in the UK

    IILP launched its new British charitable arm with two programs this fall.

    In Birmingham, DLA Piper kindly hosted IILP as we convened a roundtable discussion bringing together British and American lawyers to discuss diversity, equality and inclusion efforts outside the very largest metropolitan areas such as London and New York. Through a very spirited discussion, we learned that while the diversity issues were similar, resources to address them could differ significantly in cities where less attention is able to be directed toward these issues, thereby impacting diversity, equality and inclusion efforts overall. Our thanks to Sandra Wallace of DLA Piper; Satinder Hunjan QC of No. 5 Chambers; Shalini Sharma of RBS; Michael A. Yap of Prudential International Investments; and Sharon E. Jones of Jones Diversity Group for leading a thought-provoking session.

    London saw IILP with a capacity crowd and a waiting list to attend our Anglo-American Symposium on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Presented in partnership with the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Law Society of England and Wales, panels of American and British lawyers discussed and debated internal diversity efforts within our firms, corporations and chambers; external efforts by corporate clients; and the role and responsibility of our professional organizations.  Thanks to RBS for hosting the London program and to our speakers: Genhi Givings Bailey and Louise Forrest from DLA Piper; Jacky Chase from 25 Bedford Row; John Collins from RBS Group; Sarah Gregory and Michael J. Wagner from Baker & McKenzie; Amanda Parshall from HSBC Holdings PLC; Sandie Okoro from Baring Asset Management; Gretchen Bellamy from Walmart; Michael A. Yap from Prudential International Investments; Sharon E. Jones from Jones Diversity Group; Jonathan Smithers from the Law Society; Maura McGowan QC from the Bar Council; Daniel Winterfeldt from InterLaw Diversity Forum; Deborah Froling from the National Association of Women Lawyers; and Gelaga King from 2 Bedford Row.

    IILP is beginning to plan its next UK/US programs. While we shall continue to present programs in the UK, we are also planning programs to bring British lawyers to the US to discuss some of these same topics with American lawyers.

     

    Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    IILP’s first four symposia on the state of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession were held earlier this month in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Seattle. The discussions have been energetic and informative. We continue to see growing geographic and generational differences in the way diversity and inclusion is being experienced and addressed in different parts of the US. If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of this year’s symposia yet, there is still time to do so:

    • Chicago: Tuesday, December 3rd from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP (approved for 3 hours of IL Professional Responsibility CLE Credit)
    • New York: Tuesday, November 19th from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Jenner & Block LLP
    • Washington, D.C.: Wednesday, November 13th from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Baker & McKenzie

    To register for any symposium or to see which authors will be appearing at which symposia, go to www.TheIILP.com. Registration is $50 per person or $25 for members of co-sponsoring bar associations and other organizations, including the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”); National LGBT Bar Association; National Native American Bar Association (“NNABA”); the California Minority Counsel Program (“CMCP”); the New York State Bar Association Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; and the Chicago Committee. If your bar association or organization isn’t already a co-sponsor, encourage them to contact us at Info@TheIILP.com. Application has been secured or is being made for CLE accreditation for each symposium; check the website for updates.

    Thank you to Sidley Austin; the State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness; the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles; Baker Botts; AT&T; Davis Wright Tremaine; and our Premier Sponsor, The Claro Group, for their help in making the symposia in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Seattle such a success! On to Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago,  . . .  and San Diego! We’d originally planned only seven symposia this year but due to popular demand, it appears that we’ll be adding a San Diego date to the calendar either in December or early January. Watch our website at www.TheIILP.com or follow us @TheIILP.com for the latest information.

     

    New IILP Partners and Allies

    IILP is pleased to welcome its newest Partner, Kirkland & Ellis and to thank them for their support of and belief in IILP, its mission and its work. If your firm, company, agency, bar association, law school or other organization would like to become an IILP Partner or Ally, you may download the application form from www.TheIILP.com.

     

    IILP on the Road

    Philadelphia Bar Association’s Chancellor’s Forum

    IILP was invited to participate in Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen Wilkinson’s September forum on the Changing Parameters of Diversity. The discussion focused on changing trends in and evolving challenges to diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal profession.

    MIATTY Retreat

    IILP was honored to address the attendees at Mintz Levin’s MIATTY Retreat in Washington, D.C. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage in dialogue about real world issues, concerns and challenges to greater diversity and inclusion.

    Harvard Law School’s Celebration 60

    IILP moderated a panel on “The Diversity Among Us” at Harvard Law School’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of its first women graduates. The panel examined how the various diversity aspects of our identities shape the experiences and perspectives of professional women in the legal world and beyond. IILP Board Member Sharon E. Jones spoke on “Forming Alliances: Enhancing Women’s Power” about how women can effectively advance other women and why harnessing women’s collective power can increase women in positions of power and leadership around the world.

    Defense Research Institute

    IILP and its work was described and cited in the Defense Research Institute’s (“DRI”) new Diversity & Inclusion Manual.

    Filipino Lawyers of Washington

    IILP was pleased to be recognized at the Filipino Lawyers of Washington (“FLOW”) “Boorio Fiesta” in Seattle. Ray Ocampo’s keynote address provided a great deal of food for thought as he expanded upon the theme of masks and the costumes, decorations and Filipino food showed what a beautiful and imaginative event lawyers volunteers can present.

    WHAT’S COMING UP

     

    In addition to IILP’s upcoming symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession mentioned earlier, IILP will be speaking at the State Bar of Texas’ General Counsel Summit; the Chicago Bar Association’s Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee and Young Lawyers Diversity Committee October program; and the NAPABA Convention in Kansas City. We hope that we’ll see you at one or more!

     

  • 21 Aug 2013 3:55 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    In this Update:

    What’s New

    What’s Been Happening

    What’s Coming Up

     

    It can be a challenge to keep apprised of all the diversity and inclusion efforts going on so we thought it time to update you on the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) and its activities and efforts.

     

    WHAT’S NEW

     

    IILP’s Up To the Minute News!

    Keep up with IILP’s up to the minute news and activities! “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @TheIILP for the latest information about IILP!

     

    Board Retirement

    With her retirement from the University of Washington School of Law, Dr. Sandra Madrid is also retiring from the IILP Board. Sandy has been an energetic and enthusiastic member of the board and we shall miss her wise counsel and guidance. While we’re sorry to lose her, we wish her well and confess our envy that she’s retiring while still youthful enough to enjoy it. Thank you, Sandy, for your hard work and dedication!

     

    IILP Advisory Board

    Please join us in welcoming the newest members of IILP’s Advisory Board:

    Andrew Lipton from Morgan Stanley

    Lorraine McGowen from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP

    Amanda Sommerfeld from Winston & Strawn LLP

     

    New IILP Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    IILP has now released its new Review on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession. The IILP Review 2012 summarizes the relevant data and statistics through the end of 2012, presents essays and articles about different facets of diversity and inclusion – the diversity within diversity – and reports on some of the most interesting and promising strategies, programs, and initiatives that are being implemented within our profession. The new IILP Review can be downloaded from our website, www.TheIILP.com.

     

    For those who would like a hard copy, we have a limited number that will be available for those who attend one of our Symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession where we shall be featuring authors from the IILP Review who will speaking about their articles. This year, we’ll be presenting seven symposia:

     

    • Chicago: Tuesday, December 3rd from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Dallas: Wednesday, October 23rd from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at AT&T
    • Houston: Tuesday, October 22nd from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Baker Botts LLP
    • Los Angeles: Tuesday, October 8th from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Sidley Austin LLP
    • New York: Tuesday, November 19th from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Jenner & Block LLP
    • Seattle: Friday, October 25th from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    • Washington, D.C.: Wednesday, November 13th from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Baker & McKenzie

     

    To register for any symposium or to see which authors will be appearing at which symposia, go to www.TheIILP.com. Registration is $50 per person or $25 for members of co-sponsoring bar associations and other organizations: As of today, those are the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”); National LGBT Bar Association; National Native American Bar Association (“NNABA”); the California Minority Counsel Program (“CMCP”); and the Chicago Committee. If your bar association or organization isn’t already a co-sponsor, encourage them to contact us at Info@TheIILP.com. Application is being made for CLE accreditation for each symposium.

     

    Our thanks to AT&T, Baker Botts LLP, Baker & McKenzie, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP for hosting the symposia and to our Premier Sponsor, The Claro Group, whose support has made this publication and these symposia possible.

     

    The Ethics of Diversity and the Politics of Inclusion

    In this unprecedented and thought-provoking discussion, hear from corporate General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers on a topic they’ve rarely if ever discussed in public: A philosophical discussion about the ethics, politics, and disparate objectives that may be underlying the diversity and inclusion stalemate of recent years. This program, followed by a reception with our panel participants, will be part of IILP fundraisers that will be held on October 1st in Chicago and October 2nd in New York, both from 2:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

     

    IILP Chair Marc Firestone will be delivering the opening address followed by the roundtable discussion. Confirmed panelists to date include:

     

    Gerhard (Gerd) Pleuhs (Chicago)

    Executive Vice President & General Counsel

    Mondelēz International

     

    Hubert Allen (Chicago)

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

    Abbott

     

    Stuart A. Alderoty (Chicago and New York)

    Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel

    HSBC North America Holdings Inc.

     

    Elisa D. Garcia C. (Chicago and New York)

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    Office Depot

     

    Michael A. Yap (New York)

    Chief Legal Officer

    Prudential Financial Investments

     

    Cathy Tang (Chicago)

    Chief Legal Officer

    KFC Corporation

     

    Carrie J. Hightman (Chicago)

    Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

    NiSource Inc.

     

    Willie Miller, Jr. (Chicago/Moderator)

    Deputy General Counsel

    Mondelēz International

     

    Deborah Lloyd (New York/Moderator)

    Associate General Counsel

    General Electric

     

    (Visit www.TheIILP.com or follow us @TheIILP as we update each program with additional speakers.)

     

    And to make the events even more exciting, an anonymous donor has issued a challenge grant to IILP: If we are able to raise $50,000 from registration fees and other contributions collected in advance of, during, and immediately following these programs, IILP will earn an additional $25,000. Please help us meet this challenge! A single registration is $500; five individuals from a single organization may register together for $2,000. If you like what IILP is doing, we hope that you’ll support us! You can register at www.TheIILP.com.

     

    IILP gives very special thanks to Baker & McKenzie for hosting this event in Chicago and to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, our New York hosts!

     

    IILP in the UK

    IILP is establishing itself as a charitable organization in the United Kingdom! Since many of the law firms and corporations with which we work also have a significant presence in the UK, we thought it made sense to start our global efforts there. Our UK arm will focus on educating lawyers in both countries about the similarities and differences in our diversity, equality and inclusion challenges, sharing information and strategies, and fostering greater collaboration between American and British lawyers seeking to enhance the diversity within our profession.  It is our intention to use this new British charitable organization as a vehicle to maintain a steady exchange of information and programming in both countries so as to build continuity and momentum. IILP Chair Marc Firestone very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet with representatives of various law firms and chambers in the UK earlier this summer and we’re all looking forward to an ongoing relationship with the British lawyers to whom  we’re been introducing IILP. We’re very appreciative of the support we’ve been receiving from the Law Society of England and Wales and the Bar Council of England and Wales as we launch this new effort. And we would be remiss if we didn’t thank Jane Hobson and Claire Roberts from Baker & McKenzie for handling the legal work to create the new organization.

     

    Our next UK programs are scheduled for October 16-17, 2013. On October 16th, IILP, along with the Law Society and the Bar Council, will be convening a roundtable discussion in Birmingham with lawyers from the Midlands to discuss and explore how diversity, equality and inclusion issues and efforts might differ from London. Marc Firestone will be leading the discussion. If you know lawyers in Birmingham or the Midlands region of the UK who might like to attend, please feel free to encourage their attendance and participation but they should register early as space is limited. Sincerest thanks to DLA Piper for hosting this meeting.

     

    On October 17th, IILP, along with the Law Society and the Bar Council, will be presenting an Anglo-American Symposium on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the London offices of the Royal Bank of Scotland (“RBS”). In this session, IILP Chair Marc Firestone will be speaking about the legal profession’s diversity efforts in an international profession followed by panel discussions during which we’ll be exploring internal diversity, equality and inclusion efforts in law firms and corporate law department; external efforts by corporate clients; and leadership efforts by bar associations, law societies, and bar councils. If you are planning to be in London then, or if you have friends or colleagues in London who are interested in these issues, please encourage them to register to attend as space is limited.  We want to thank our friends at RBS for hosting this event.

     

    WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING

     

    New IILP Partners and Allies

    IILP is pleased to welcome its newest Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP and its newest Allies, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP and Morgan Stanley and to thank them for their support of and belief in IILP, its mission and its work. If your firm, company, agency, bar association, law school or other organization would like to become an IILP Partner or Ally, you may download the application form from www.TheIILP.com.

     

    IILP on the Road

    State Bar of Texas

    IILP was pleased to participate in the State Bar of Texas’ Hispanic Issues Forum in Austin. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear about some of the emerging issues in Texas as well as a chance to meet Lisa Tatum, the first African American woman president of the State Bar there. We also had the chance to get to know some extremely bright law students from the University of Texas whom we were later able to introduce to some of the law firms with which IILP works. Thanks to Dahlia Gutierrez and the rest of the host committee for their generous hospitality.

     

    State Bar of Wisconsin

    IILP enjoyed a visit to Madison, Wisconsin where we were honored to be a part of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Young Lawyers program, “Working Together to Lead Together: There is a “We” in Diversity.” Lead by the State Bar’s YLD Diversity Committee Chair, Crystal Banse, it was exciting to be part of such a lively and enthusiastic discussion. Look for some great things to be coming from the young lawyers of Wisconsin!

     

    Defense Research Institute

    IILP participated in the Defense Research Institute’s Diversity Alliance Roundtable Meeting. It was a great opportunity to spend a day with some of the diversity bar association/organization leaders and discuss collaboration and cooperation. We appreciate all the work that Doug Burrell and the folks at DRI put into organizing the meeting.

     

    American Bar Association

    IILP was invited to participate at the ABA Section of International Law’s Spring Meeting in April in Washington, D.C. where we were part of a program titled, “Diversity & Inclusion – A Business Necessity for Global Success” lead by Professor Cheryl Nichols. Later that same week, IILP presented two programs for the ABA Section of Litigation at its Section Annual Conference in Chicago: “The New Rules of the Game” and “The Business Case for Diversity.” Our thanks to the extraordinary speakers and moderators who shared their knowledge and expertise to make these programs successful:

     

    • The New Rules of the Game: Sharon E. Jones, Jones Diversity Group; Ann Chen, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company; Angela Frye, Verizon Wireless; and Martin Montes, Exelon.
    • The Business Case for Diversity: E. Macey Russell, Choate Hall & Stewart; John Mathias, Jenner & Block; Ilah Adkins, RBS Citizens Financial Group; Dorian Denburg, AT&T; Martin P. Greene, Greene and Letts; Nate Saint-Victor, Morgan Stanley; and Gary Ropski, Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione.

    IILP was also part of a panel addressing diversity during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”) Leadership Academy. The TIPS Leadership Academy is one of the best inclusion programs anywhere so it was a pleasure to get to be a part of it and see firsthand how it is continuing to grow.

     

    New York Outreach Meetings

    When you work in diversity and inclusion, you enjoy and appreciate all the interesting and inspiring people whom you get to meet. In May, IILP Chair Marc Firestone and IILP Board Member Stuart Alderoty spent a day in New York meeting with lawyers from corporations, law firms, public interest organizations, and others to introduce them to IILP and to learn about their work, to discuss the particular challenges they see in making the legal profession more diverse and inclusive, and to share thoughts and ideas about new efforts, directions, and strategies. IILP is very grateful to Cesar Alvarez, Mona Mehta Stone and Greenberg Traurig for hosting these meetings for us.

     

    London Outreach Meetings

    With help from Baker & McKenzie, the Law Society and the Bar Council, IILP convened similar meetings with lawyers in London to introduce them to IILP and to learn more about the perspectives and experiences of British lawyers dealing with diversity, equality and inclusion issues. We left feeling that we’d not only learned a great deal but that we’d also begun to make some new friends with whom we look forward to working with in the future.

     

    Conference of World City Bar Associations

    The Conference of World City Bar Associations convened its 2013 meeting in Frankfurt and IILP was invited to participate in that group’s first session devoted to diversity issues. The US was represented by the Chicago Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Other bar associations that sent delegates included Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Brazil, Brussels, Frankfurt, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Montreal, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Toronto. There, IILP Chair Marc Firestone delivered one of the most brilliant addresses about diversity in a global legal profession ever heard! The excitement that his remarks generated among the delegates was palpable! The general consensus was that Marc’s address was the first time many of the delegates had ever heard someone speak about the need for diversity in the legal profession in a way that made sense beyond US borders.

     

    American Bar Foundation

    IILP was pleased to serve as a commentator to a presentation that the American Bar Foundation’s Director, Robert Nelson, was making to the National Association for Law Placement and the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals about ABF’s “After the J.D.” research. “After the J.D.” and ABF’s Legal Diversity Research Group are bringing together some of the most interesting academic research about diversity at its annual conference and it was an honor to be able to publicly recognize the important role they are playing.

     

    Minority In-House Counsel Association

    IILP also participated in the inaugural Minority In-House Counsel Association Conference. IILP was part of a panel addressing the topic of, “Real Change Now: Effective Strategies for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion.” We helped interview KFC Chief Legal Counsel Cathy Tang for the luncheon program. If you haven’t heard Cathy before, make an effort to attend something where she is speaking. Attendees were very excited by what she had to say, especially about the role and responsibility that in-house counsel should play in supporting the careers of diverse lawyers.

     

    WHAT’S COMING UP

     

    In addition to IILP’s programs on “The Ethics of Diversity and the Politics of Inclusion” and the symposia on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession mentioned earlier, IILP has a busy autumn in the works. We’ll be participating in a number of law firms’ and corporate law departments’ internal diversity programs and conferences as well as completing our report on the findings from our Measure of Success research study.

     

    Lavender Law

    IILP is pleased that its report, “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” is going to be used as a handout for a session on “A Day in the Life of a Managing Partner” at this month’s Lavender Law Conference in San Francisco. If our work is able to support and supplement the work of organizations such as the National LGBT Bar Association, then we are fulfilling part of our mission.

     

    Philadelphia Bar Association

    IILP is honored to be a participant in the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Chancellor’s Forum on “The Changing Parameters of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession” on September 10, 2013. It should be a lively discussion and if you are in the area, we hope that you’ll attend.

     

    Thank You!

    IILP was delighted to have University of Illinois student Janet Lee working as an intern with us this summer. Janet just took the LSAT and will be starting her senior year this fall. We’re grateful for all her hard work! One of her assignments was something that we’ll be sharing a little later: Given the expense of law school, the slow job market that awaits new law school graduates, and the statistical evidence that women and racial/ethnic minorities encounter disproportionate challenges within this profession, why would a woman or minority want to become a lawyer? Janet met with lawyers and judges from a variety of practice settings and generations to hear about their experiences and perspectives, learn about their career successes and regrets, and solicit their opinions before reaching her own conclusion: She still wants to be a lawyer! IILP will be publishing her paper so that you and students who are considering a legal career can see how and why she reached her decision.

     

    And thank YOU for the interest that you’ve shown in the IILP. We hope that you’re pleased by the work we’re doing and we welcome hearing from you!  Be sure to let us know if your email address changes so that you can continue to be kept apprised of our activities.

     

  • 25 Feb 2013 4:04 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    In this Update:

    What’s New

    What’s Been Going On

    What’s Happening

    What’s Coming Up

    What You Can Do to Get Involved with IILP

     

    It can be a challenge to keep apprised of all the diversity and inclusion efforts going on so we thought it time to update you on the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) and its activities and efforts.

    WHAT’S NEW

    Stuart A. Alderoty to be Honored

    IILP is pleased and proud to report that our Board Member, Stuart A. Alderoty, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel for HSBC North America Holdings, Inc., will be honored by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) with its 2013 Corporate Counsel Leadership Award. The award will be presented during AABANY’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in New York City. For more information about the event, please visit www.aabany.org.

    WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON

    Model Rules Initiative

    IILP believes that among the many reasons why the legal profession pursues greater diversity and inclusion, the most important is that it is the right thing to do. With that in mind, on September 14, 2012, IILP Chair Marc Firestone and American Bar Association (ABA) Illinois State Delegate Robert A. Clifford, sent a letter to leaders of the ABA suggesting that the ABA amend its Model Rules of Professional Conduct to include a section under which efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession would become a matter of ethics and professional conduct. We believe that such an amendment would stimulate positive change for the legal profession. Disappointingly, the ABA does not agree, or perhaps just doesn’t understand this approach to diversity and inclusion. We’ve posted their long-awaited response on the IILP website. But, if you know IILP, you also know that we don’t make suggestions without putting some thought into them. Therefore, IILP is planning to move forward with “Plan B.” We’re in the process of assembling a team of young (and young-at-heart) lawyers who want to become experts in this area and who will be prepared to speak on the topic and lead local efforts. If you are interested in becoming part of this, please let us know: Sandra.Yamate@TheIILP.com.

    Measure of Success

    There’s just three weeks left to make sure that your opinion counts!

    Tell us what YOU think the legal profession’s long- and short-term diversity and inclusion goals ought to be. What do YOU think different segments of the profession – law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies, and bar associations – could, should, and are doing to further those diversity and inclusion goals and objectives?

    All individual answers are completely anonymous and will remain confidential. Please participate in the study and encourage your friends and colleagues to do so as well.

    Click here to take survey
    It will remain open until March 15, 2013.

     

    Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinic

    IILP and the Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinic have just completed Phase II of our joint research project studying how large law firms handle internal communication issues around sensitive topics such as perceptions of bias. The law firm that was selected to be the subject of Phase II’s study was so pleased with the substantive results of the law students’ research and the action items that came out of their work that they are underwriting the students’ travel so that they may make a presentation about their findings for the firm’s Chairperson and Executive Committee. Needless to say, the students are thrilled and everyone at IILP is delighted that this project has been able to generate useful and usable information for the firm. While we are working to report our findings from this research, we are also looking for firms that would like to be considered as the case studies for Phases III and IV.

     

    IILP on the Road

    IILP was pleased to participate in the Just the Beginning Conference in Chicago in September. Board Member Sharon E. Jones spoke on two panels during the conference.

     

    In October, IILP joined in a panel presentation about diversity in the profession for the Association of Legal Administrators. Our thanks to Kyle Woodward and the other leaders in ALA for organizing such an interesting and lively discussion.

     

    IILP was also honored to participate in the Practising Law Institute’s (PLI) 2013 Diversity and Inclusion in Law Practice Program. Our congratulations to conference co-chairs Lorraine McGowen and Anna L. Brown for developing and facilitating another thought-provoking series of sessions.

     

    On February 25, 2013, IILP CEO Sandra Yamate served as the keynote speaker for Northwestern University Law School’s annual Heritage Month celebrations by the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. It was a well-attended event – no doubt due more to the free bento lunches provided than Sandra as a draw – and, as always when speaking to students, a great deal of fun.

     

    WHAT’S HAPPENING

    The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    The 2012 “IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession,” your one-stop source for this and other information relevant to all types of diversity and inclusion in all facets and practice settings from all over the country is in production. This collection of the most current and cutting edge information about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is a valuable tool for anyone working on diversity and inclusion issues and anyone interested in educating themselves or others about different facets of diversity and inclusion. Like last year, in conjunction with the release of the Review, we’ll also be presenting symposia around the country during which we’ll report on our findings and discuss current trends, new initiatives, and promising strategies. The symposia are planned for Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Dates and other details for the symposia will be announced shortly.

     

    Our thanks to The Claro Group for their sponsorship of The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

     

    WHAT’S COMING UP

    State Bar of Texas

    On February 28, 2013, IILP will be participating in the “Diversity Issues” program at the State Bar of Texas’ Hispanic Issues Section conference. This daylong event is bringing together some of the most energetic and interesting Hispanic lawyers in Texas and we’re excited to be a part of it.

     

    State Bar of Wisconsin

    IILP is honored to be invited to be part of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Young Lawyers Leadership Conference. The conference will take place on March 22, 2013 in Madison.

     

    Defense Research Institute Diversity Alliance Summit

    Our friends at the Defense Research Institute (DRI) are convening a summit of representatives from national diversity organizations and other organizations that work on diversity issues on March 26, 2013 in Chicago. IILP will be one of a number of organizations in attendance.

     

    ABA Section of International Law

    IILP will be part of a panel titled, “Diversity and Inclusion – A Business Necessity for Global Success” as part of the ABA Section of International Law’s Spring Meeting on April 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The program, which is being organized by Professor Cheryl Nichols of Howard Law School, will examine how today’s global marketplace makes diversity even more critical to business success.

     

    ABA Section of Litigation

    On April 25-26, 2013, as part of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Spring Conference, IILP will be presenting two programs. On April 25, IILP will be presenting, “The New Rules of the Game,” lead by Board Member Sharon E. Jones with panelists Ann Chen, Angie Frye and Martin Montes. On April 26, we’ll present, “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” where Board Member John Mathias, Jr. will present an overview of the findings from IILP’s report of the same name followed by a panel discussion lead by E. Macey Russell and featuring Ilah Adkins, Dorian Denburg, Martin P. Greene, Gary Ropski, and Nate Saint-Victor. Our thanks to Conference Co-Chairs Eileen M. Letts and Mary Smith for giving IILP an opportunity to be part of the Section Annual Conference.

     

    Illinois State Bar

    IILP will be part of the Illinois State Bar Association’s diversity CLE program on May 13, 2013 in Chicago. We’ll be part of a session on “Achieving Diversity in Your Law Firm: Business Advantage and Best Practice.”

     

    Industrial Strength Diversity and Inclusion

    As mentioned in an earlier update, IILP is starting a new series of programs designed to look at diversity and inclusion efforts and strategies as they exist within industries. Among the industries that IILP will be examining are insurance, healthcare, defense contracting and aerospace, financial services, energy, food and beverages, and retail. As these programs get scheduled, we’ll announce them in future updates and post them on the IILP website at www.TheIILP.com.

    There is quite a bit more coming from IILP in the next several months so be sure to let us know if your email address changes so that you can continue to be kept apprised of our activities.

     

     

     

    Sandra S. Yamate

    CEO

    INSTITUTE FOR INCLUSION IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
    321 S. Plymouth Court

    Chicago, IL 60604

    (312) 628-5885

    Mobile: (312) 375-8271

    Sandra.Yamate@TheIILP.com

    www.TheIILP.com

  • 25 Oct 2012 4:01 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    In this Update:

    What’s New

    What’s Been Going On

    What’s Happening

    What’s Coming Up

     

    Greetings from the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP")! You’ve likely received our earlier notices about some of our new efforts but knowing how busy everyone is, we thought you might appreciate a quick update on IILP’s other activities.

    WHAT’S NEW

    Justice John Paul Stevens Award

    The Justice John Paul Stevens Award is the highest award that the Chicago legal community can bestow upon a lawyer. The award recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated extraordinary integrity and service to the community throughout their careers. IILP is delighted to share the news that our own Willie Miller, Jr., a member of our Board of Directors and the Chair of IILP’s Advisory Board, will be one of the recipients of the 2012 Justice John Paul Stevens Awards. The awards, given by the Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Foundation, will be presented during a luncheon on October 2, 2012. Justice Stevens will be delivering the keynote address. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.ChicagoBar.org.

    Thurgood Marshall College Fund Awards of Excellence

    The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (“TMCF”) is the only national organization founded for the sole purpose of providing scholarships to students attending the nation's public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In addition to scholarships, TMCF provides leadership development and training as well as programmatic and capacity building support to its 47 member-schools. IILP is proud and honoured that TMCF has selected our Chair, Marc Firestone, to be the recipient of one of its 2012 Awards of Excellence Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented in Chicago on November 1, 2012 at Sidley Austin LLP. If you are able to attend, a copy of the invitation is attached.

     

    IILP Social Media Committee

    IILP wants to connect with you! Thanks to the hard work of our Social Media Committee, IILP is now on Facebook and LinkedIn.  You’ll be getting an invitation to link to us and we hope that you’ll decide to “Like” us, too! Thanks to our Social Media Committee Co-Chairs, Floyd Holloway, Jr. and Tom White and committee members Adam Bottner, Ann Chen, Jeremy Daniel, Lalania Gilkey-Johnson, Akira Heshiki, Betty Jang, Barrington Lopez, Sucheta Misra, Marci Rubin, and Mona Thakkar for all their work in developing IILP’s Social Media Use Policy and getting us connected.

     

    WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON

    Model Rules Initiative

    IILP believes that among the many reasons why the legal profession pursues greater diversity and inclusion, the most important is that it is the right thing to do. With that in mind, on September 14, 2012, IILP Chair Marc Firestone and American Bar Association (“ABA”) Illinois State Delegate Robert A. Clifford, sent a letter to leaders of the ABA suggesting that the ABA amend its Model Rules of Professional Conduct to include a section under which efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in the legal profession would become a matter of ethics and professional conduct. We believe that such an amendment would stimulate positive change for the legal profession. If you would like to read the letter, it is attached here.

    Measure of Success

    When the legal profession talks about achieving greater diversity and inclusion, what does that mean? Is there any clear consensus within the legal profession as to the ultimate diversity and inclusion goals and objectives that we are pursuing?

    IILP, working with the Association of Legal Administrators, hopes to answer this, and other questions, with its research study “The Measure of Success.”” The Measure of Success” is an online study that seeks to determine what the legal profession’s short- and long-term diversity and inclusion goals and objectives are. It looks at how the legal profession measures or would recognize diversity and inclusion success. It inquires into the appropriate bases against which to measure diversity and inclusion efforts. It examines whether the profession values some types of diversity more than others. And it considers what different segments of the profession – law firms, corporate law departments, government agencies, and bar associations – could, should, and are doing to further those diversity and inclusion goals and objectives.

    Lawyers, judges, law students, academics, legal administrators, diversity professionals, bar association staff – anyone who is part of the legal profession is invited to respond to the survey. All individual answers are completely anonymous and will remain confidential. Please participate in the study and encourage your friends and colleagues to do so as well.

    Click here to take survey
    It will remain open until March 15, 2013.

     

    WHAT’S HAPPENING

    Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinic

    IILP and the Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinic have launched the next phase of our joint research project studying how large law firms handle internal communication issues around sensitive topics such as perceptions of bias.

    The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    If you are interested in issues of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, you know that it isn't always easy to find the information you need quickly and reliably. What are the most current diversity and inclusion statistics? What are the cutting edge diversity research efforts by legal academics? What are the most promising strategies clients, employers and bar associations are implementing? What are the new programs and efforts about which you want to be aware?

    The 2012 “IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession,” your one-stop source for this and other information relevant to all types of diversity and inclusion in all facets and practice settings from all over the country is in production. This collection of the most current and cutting edge information about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is a valuable tool for anyone working on diversity and inclusion issues and anyone interested in educating themselves or others about different facets of diversity and inclusion. Like last year, in conjunction with the release of the Review, we’ll also be presenting symposia around the country during which we’ll report on our findings and discuss current trends, new initiatives, and promising strategies. The symposia are planned for Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Dates and other details for the symposia will be announced shortly.

    Our thanks to The Claro Group for their sponsorship of 2012 The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

     

    WHAT’S COMING UP

    Industrial Strength Diversity and Inclusion

    As mentioned in an earlier update, IILP is starting a new series of programs designed to look at diversity and inclusion efforts and strategies as they exist within industries. Among the industries that IILP will be examining are insurance, healthcare, defense contracting and aerospace, financial services, energy, food and beverages, and retail. As these programs get scheduled, we’ll announce them in future updates and post them on the IILP website at www.TheIILP.com.

     

    The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?

    IILP’s report, “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” continues to generate a great deal of interest. Therefore, IILP is partnering with some of its Partner Law Firms and bar associations to facilitate discussions about the findings and strategies that lawyers in different cities might find useful in making the business case for diversity more effective. We’ll announce dates and locations in future updates and on the IILP website.

     

     

    Sandra S. Yamate

    CEO

    INSTITUTE FOR INCLUSION IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
    321 S. Plymouth Court

    Chicago, IL 60604

    (312) 628-5885

    Mobile: (312) 375-8271

    Sandra.Yamate@TheIILP.com

    www.TheIILP.com

  • 01 Aug 2012 3:42 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    Dear Friends:

    My name is Kim Hogrefe. In addition to being a member of the IILP Board of Directors, I serve as the Financial Officer for the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”). You should have recently received an update on IILP programs and activities from our CEO, Sandra Yamate. The IILP Board and I wanted to offer an addendum to Sandra’s update as she modestly omitted to mention something of which the rest of us at IILP are very proud: TIPS will be presenting Sandra with its Liberty Achievement Award during the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting. The Liberty Achievement Award was created in 2008 to honor lawyers and judges who take a leadership role by demonstrating, through choices made in their careers and work done in private and/or public-sector positions, that they have actively promoted diversity in the legal profession. The award will be presented on Friday, August 3rd during the TIPS Welcome and Diversity Reception at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $75. If you plan to be in Chicago for the ABA Annual Meeting, I hope that you’ll stop by. In the meantime, please join my fellow IILP Board members and me as we congratulate Sandra on a well-deserved honor.

     

    Kim D. Hogrefe

  • 01 Aug 2012 3:38 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    In this Update:

    • What's New
    • What’s Been Going On
    • What’s Happening
    • What’s Coming Up
    • What You Can Do to Get Involved with IILP

    Summer greetings from the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP")! Whatever happened to the notion of summer being a time to slow down, relax, and take some time off? It seems that everyone, including IILP, is as busy as ever!

     

    WHAT’S NEW

     

    New IILP Board Members and Advisory Board Members

    Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the IILP Board of Directors:

    • Stuart A. Alderoty – Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel for HSBC North America Holdings, Inc.
    • Brian W. Duwe – Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
    • Elisa D. Garcia C. – Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Office Depot
    • Thomas P. White – Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP

    We’re also pleased to introduce you to the newest additions to the IILP Advisory Board:

    • Ilah Adkins – Vice-President, Legal Counsel, RBS Citizens N.A.
    • Bonita K. Black – Partner, Frost Brown & Todd LLC
    • Sandra Langs – Human Resources and Professional Development Director, Phillips Lytle LLP
    • Raj N. Shah – Partner, DLA Piper LLP

    The IILP Board and Advisory Board will continue to lead us in our quest for Real change. Now.

     

    Lawrence R. Baca to be Honored

    IILP Board Member Lawrence R. Baca, a past president of the Federal Bar Association and a three-time past president of the National Native American Bar Association who spent over thirty years working in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, will be honored with the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities’ Thurgood Marshall Award during the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago next week. We’re all very proud of Lawrence and pleased to see him recognized with this prestigious and well-deserved award. For more information, visit www.AmericanBar.org.

     

    WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON

     

    Diverse Partners Network – Washington, D.C.

    IILP Chair Marc Firestone, Executive Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Philip Morris International, very much enjoyed speaking to and meeting with the members of the Diverse Partners Network in Washington, D.C. The questions that the members posed were provocative and the discussions stimulating! Our thanks to Ben Wilson, David Douglass, and Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP for making this possible.

     

    ABA Section of Business Law

    IILP participated in the ABA Section of Business Law’s 2012 Business Bar Leaders Conference where we examined the particular challenges that state and local bar associations encounter as they try to recruit, retain and engage lawyers who are racial and ethnic minorities in their work and leadership. Moderator Conrad Goodkind and our fellow panelist Wendi Kromash helped lead a lively and very interactive discussion.

     

    Law Preview

    IILP was happy to partner with Law Preview to award scholarships for Law Preview’s law school preparatory program to five incoming students at Loyola Law School – Chicago. The students – Jarrett Adams, Jason Cerecedes, Shamoyita DasGupta, Kristen Kawaguchi, and Nathan Howze – were selected from a highly competitive group of applicants whose outstanding credentials left our IILP selection committee relieved not to be involved in law school admissions decisions!

     

    Women and Minorities: Willing Partners or Reluctant Allies?

    IILP and the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”) have launched a series of programs exploring whether women and minorities collaborate as effectively as they might to advance diversity and inclusion goals, and, if they do not, examining what might be done to foster stronger and more effective collaborative efforts. We presented the program in Chicago with the Chicago Bar Association and again in New York at the NAWL Annual Meeting and plan to present it in other locations around the country as we seek to delve further into some of the interesting regional /geographic differences (Hello, Hawaii!) and generational issues that are coming to the fore. If you think the lawyers in your city would benefit from the program, please let us know. We’ll be posting the dates and cities for upcoming presentations  as we schedule them and hope that you’ll join us when we’re in a location near you.

     

    Candid Conversations: Diversity and Inclusion and the Roles and Responsibilities of Corporate In-House Counsel

    IILP kicked off its “Candid Conversations” series by leading a discussion with a number of in-house counsel for the US Law Firms Group at their meeting in Louisville. There was a very frank discussion about the effectiveness of traditional corporate client-lead diversity and inclusion efforts, whether there are new strategies that ought to be tried, and, if so, what those strategies are. Our in-house panelists enjoyed the opportunity to really examine diversity strategies and the law firms in attendance welcomed the candid insights that they offered. Our thanks to Bonita Black and Frost Brown & Todd LLC for inviting us to participate.

     

    Diversity and Inclusion: The Future of Boston Law Firms in a Global Economy

    IILP Chair Marc Firestone addressed the Boston Bar Association to explain IILP’s work followed by a panel discussion during which he and other corporate in-house counsel leaders such as Mark D. Roellig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company; Krish Gupta, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, EMC Corporation; and Rachael Rollins, General Counsel , Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority  discussed the challenges facing law firms in smaller cities as they compete in a global marketplace and the impact that their diversity and inclusion efforts can play. Thank you to our host and program moderator E. Macey Russell, Boston Bar Association President Lisa C. Goodheart, President-Elect J.D. Smeallie, Executive Director Rich Page, and Diversity Committee Co-Chair Renee Landers for allowing IILP to be involved in a very thought-provoking program.

     

    Defense Research Institute

    IILP presented the findings from its report, “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” and discussed the implications for the defense bar at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar in Chicago. We also participated in a program discussing the glass ceiling and current issues facing women lawyers. DRI’s Diversity for Success conference is one of the most interesting and informative programs we’ve attended and one where we learned quite a lot ourselves. Doug Burrell, Rosevelie Marquez Morales, and Pamela Goldsmith are to be commended for the amazing programs they put together.

     

    State Bar of Texas Diversity Forum

    IILP was honored to be among the participants at the Diversity Forum presented by the State Bar of Texas. The discussion was wide-ranging and engaging and for that we thank our fellow panelists Shauna Clark, Amy Davis and moderator Evangeline Mitchell. If you haven’t met Evangeline but are concerned about pipeline issues for African Americans, visit the website for her National Black Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair at www.blackprelawconference.com.

     

    WHAT’S HAPPENING

     

    Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinic

    IILP is pleased to announce that it is continuing its partnership with the Harvard Law School Negotiation and Mediation Clinic to study how law firm and their lawyers communicate internally on sensitive topics such as perceptions of bias. This is Phase Two of a project that began in 2010 and is part of an ongoing effort to identify strategies, policies and protocols that law firms can implement to facilitate clearer and more accurate communication across lines of difference. If you know of a large law firm that would be willing to participate in the study in future years, please let us know.

     

    2012 IILP Review of the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

    Under the leadership of Professor Elizabeth Chambliss at New York Law School, the data from last year’s report is being updated. We’re receiving some fascinating articles about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession that we think you’ll find just as stimulating and thought-provoking as last year’s Review, if not more so!

    We expect to publish the 2012 IILP Review in the fall and will be hosting seven symposia highlighting facets of the Review shortly thereafter in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C. We’ll be announcing dates in a few weeks. Out thanks to The Claro Group for its continued sponsorship of this publication and the symposia.

     

    If your law firm, corporation, bar association or other organization would like to place an ad in this year’s IILP Review, sponsorship opportunities are available and are attached to this email.

     

    Metropolitan Bar Associations Caucus

    The leaders from a number of metropolitan bar associations from around the US and Canada will be convening at the Chicago Bar Association on August 2nd to discuss how they might better collaborate and share resources in areas such as diversity and inclusion efforts and programming and law practice management resources. IILP will be making a presentation about programs we can offer to metropolitan bar associations to support their efforts.

     

    Diversity and Inclusion in Mid-Size Cities

    The Future of Law Firms in Mid-Size Cities in a Global Economy

    Candid Conversations: Diversity and Inclusion and the Roles and Responsibilities of Corporate In-House Counsel

    IILP’s programs are garnering a great deal of interest. The programs we presented earlier this year in St. Louis, Louisville and Boston are proving to be popular models that can be tailored for the particular challenges and demographics of other cities. We are in the process of putting together a schedule of presentations for other cities; if you think that your city would welcome such a program and are willing to help bring one of these sessions to your local area, please let us know.

     

    WHAT’S COMING UP

     

    Industrial-Strength Diversity and Inclusion

    Sometimes, it’s a matter of perspective.

     

    In art and architecture, perspective can change one’s view and perceptions. From ink blots to Vatican Museum masterpieces to the columns of the Parthenon or the Colonnade in St. Peter’s Square, perspective influences what we see and changes what we understand.

     

    The legal profession has been addressing the lack of diversity and inclusion within its ranks for decades.  We’ve looked at it in terms of the type of diversity (gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.), practice settings (corporate in-house, law firms, etc.), geography (state and local bar diversity programs and conferences), practice areas (litigation, labor and employment law, business law, etc.), and even the intersection of some or all of these. Yet our profession remains one of the least diverse in America.

     

    If it is true that corporate clients can drive diversity and inclusion in the legal profession – and they have certainly been effective at garnering attention for the diversity challenges that the legal profession faces – then one might reasonably expect that all the attention paid to diversity and inclusion initiatives initiated as a result of client demands might have yielded far greater success. That it has not suggests that corporate clients might not in fact have the ability to influence the rest of the profession, or that they’ve not fully exercised their influence, or that they have yet to find the best way to do so. Perhaps a different perspective is needed.

     

    With that in mind, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (“IILP”) is launching a series of programs designed to look at the lack of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession from a new perspective, that of the various industries that comprise the legal profession’s business clients.

     

    “Industrial-Strength Diversity and Inclusion” will delve into how different industries – e.g., financial services, consumer goods, technology – are addressing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. It will look at each industry’s diversity and inclusion objectives, seek to understand the driving forces for diversity and inclusion in that industry, and examine relevant strategies and promising initiatives on an industry-wide basis so that those in the same arena – business partners, competitors, suppliers, regulators, etc. – can discuss and explore what clients in that industry – and the outside counsel who seek to provide their legal services – can, are, and should be doing to promote greater diversity and inclusion in their law departments, among their outside counsel, and within the broader legal profession. Participants will gain greater insights into, and understanding of, the forces at work in driving the diversity and inclusion efforts of different industries so as to better identify and implement those strategies best-suited to be effective in a given industry.

     

    A schedule for the programs will be posted on the IILP website at www.TheIILP.com as they become available.

     

    GETTING INVOLVED WITH IILP

     

    New IILP Partners and Allies

    IILP is pleased to welcome its newest Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP and its newest Ally, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and to thank them for their support of and belief in IILP, its mission and its work. If your firm, company, agency, bar association, law school or other organization would like to become an IILP Partner or Ally, you may download the application form from www.TheIILP.com.

     

    Thank you again for the interest that you’ve shown in the IILP. We hope that you’re pleased by the work we’re doing and we welcome hearing from you!

     

     

     

  • 03 May 2012 5:40 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    Here's a reminder about some upcoming IILP programs and activities:

     

    Diverse Partners Network – Washington, D.C.

    IILP Chair Marc Firestone, Executive Vice President of Corporate and Legal Affairs and General Counsel of Philip Morris International, will be speaking to and meeting with the members of the Diverse Partners Network in Washington, D.C. on May 7, 2012 beginning at 6:00 PM at Shook Hardy & Bacon, 1155 F Street, NW. Please RSVP to Non Colbert at vcolbert@shb.com.

     

    Women and Minorities: Willing Partners or Reluctant Allies?

    IILP, the National Association of Women Lawyers (“NAWL”), and the Chicago Bar Association will explore whether women and minorities collaborate as effectively as they might to advance diversity and inclusion goals, and, if they do not, what might be done to foster stronger and more effective collaborative efforts. One session will take place with the Chicago Bar Association at its headquarters on May 16th from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM and the other in New York during NAWL’s Annual Meeting on July 19th. The Chicago presentation will provide 1.75 hours of Professional Responsibility CLE credit. To register for the Chicago presentation, go to www.chicagobar.org and click on the CLE tab for Seminars.

     

    Candid Conversations: Diversity and Inclusion and the Roles and Responsibilities of Corporate In-House Counsel

    IILP will be kicking off its “Candid Conversations” series by leading a discussion with a number of in-house counsel for the US Law Firms Group at their meeting in Louisville, May 17-18. We’ll be discussing the effectiveness of traditional corporate client-lead diversity and inclusion efforts, whether there are new strategies that ought to be tried, and, if so, what those strategies are.

     

    Diversity and Inclusion: The Future of Boston Law Firms in a Global Economy

    IILP Chair Marc Firestone will be addressing the Boston Bar Association on June 5th to discuss IILP’s work followed by a panel discussion during which he and other corporate in-house counsel leaders such as Mark D. Roellig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company will be discussing the challenges facing law firms in smaller cities as they compete in a global marketplace and the impact that their diversity and inclusion efforts can play.

     

    Defense Research Institute

    IILP will be presenting the findings from its report, “The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?” and discussing the implications for the defense bar at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar in Chicago on June 7-8. We’ll also be participating in a program discussing the glass ceiling and current issues facing women lawyers.

     

    And, don’t forget . . .

    If you’d like to highlight noteworthy diversity and inclusion efforts by your law firm, law department, law school, bar association or other organization for the rest of the legal profession submissions for the Practice Round-Up for the 2012 “IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession” are due by May 25, 2012. Submissions should be emailed to Review@TheIILP.com. For more information about the Practice Round-Up and the “IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession,” visit www.TheIILP.com.

  • 03 May 2012 5:37 PM | Sandra Yamate (Administrator)

    Highlight noteworthy diversity and inclusion efforts for the rest of the legal profession in the “IILP Review 2012: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession!”

     

    If your law firm, law department, agency, bar association, or other organization has a particularly successful or innovative program or initiative, or has published a new report, or has released the results of new research you’ve undertaken that helps advance diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal profession and you think other members of the profession would benefit from knowing about it, spread the word about your efforts! IILP is now compiling its Practice Round-Up which will be included in the “IILP Review 2012: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession” which will be published this fall. The Practice Round-Up is your chance to highlight your diversity and inclusion efforts and celebrate your successes with your colleagues around the US and abroad.

    Submissions should include the following:

    • Name of the Organization
    • Name of the Project, Program, Research, or Report
    • Purpose or Objective of the Project, Program, Research, or Report
    • Description and background of the Project, Program or Report
    • Explanation about how the Project or Program operates or the methodology of the Research or Report
    • How many lawyers, law students, judges, students, etc. were/are involved?
    • What kind of costs did the Project, Program, Research or Report require?
    • What was the source of funding?
    • Does the Project, Program, Research or Report require paid staff? If so, how many and for how much time?
    • What have been the benefits of this Project, Program, Research, or Report?
    • What obstacles might someone trying to replicate this reasonably expect to encounter?
    • Who is the contact person for someone interested in learning more about this? (Please provide a name, telephone number and email address.)

    Submissions are due by May 25, 2012. Submissions should be emailed to Review@TheIILP.com
   
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