It's time to raise the bar on diversity issues

General counsel must give men and women equal potential for career development.

In the legal profession overall, true gender diversity appears to be moving on the fast track. Slightly more than three out of 10 attorneys are women, and almost half of law students today are women. In time, our country’s attorneys will collectively reflect the gender demographics of the U.S. population. In the corporate setting, a somewhat different picture emerges.

Less than one in five major corporations has selected a woman as general counsel. Even fewer opportunities for top legal positions are provided to women at smaller corporations.

Thomas Lalla

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