Holding Strong: Bad Economy No Excuse for Slacking on Diversity

Every morning before I leave the house, I check my BlackBerry. Each day, in the subject line, my little handheld device tells the big story of layoffs in the legal profession taking place around the country. The current state of affairs reminds me of the song "I Got Shoes," with the choral line, "Everybody's talking about Heaven; Ain't going there; Heaven, Heaven."

In today's effort to foster a more inclusive profession, everybody talking about diversity isn't necessarily practicing it. And, some may use the excuse of the recession as a window of opportunity to turn back the clock.

Laurie Robinson

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