As a young lawyer prepares for his or her first case, there is a lot to consider. One might focus a great deal on an opening statement to a jury, for example, only to have it fall flat because the individuals in the jury box have a completely different point of view and misunderstood the content of the argument. That experience, and the lesson that comes with it is just one small example of how having attorneys with diverse backgrounds helps a case.
“Moving beyond diversity, inclusion is about more than social justice. It’s a business imperative. The more ideas in the room, the more different perspectives, the better,” says David Highet, vice president and chief IP counsel at BD. For the past 11 years, Highet has been involved with an organization that promotes diversity and inclusion in the IP law space.