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Diversifying Diversity

In a changing world, all attorneys need to own the issue of legal profession inclusion.

A few years ago, I participated in one of the many diversity panels I have been privileged to experience. My fellow panelists were four senior in-house attorneys from Fortune 100 companies--all well-known, iconic, U.S.-based global companies like my own. The topic of our discussion was "Marketing Your Firm's Diversity." The audience was predominantly brown, black, yellow and female.

As the microphone made its way down the line for our opening statements, I could not help but audibly observe that this diversity panel, like most others I have participated in, was not itself terribly diverse. Given the absence of white male lawyers in the audience, I concluded that diversity and inclusion in the legal profession is an issue that attracts a very discrete and predictable set of stakeholders--minority and female lawyers.

John Lewis Jr.

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