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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.