PLI – Diversity in Law Practice 2010: Strategies and Best Practices in Challenging Times

February 15, 2010 by  
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On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, PLI will host their Diversity in Law Practice 2010 program.   Please see the program information included below. 

Diversity in Law Practice 2010: Strategies and Best Practices in Challenging Times

February 24, 2010, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, New York City

February 24, 2010, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Live on the Web

Specially priced at $25!

 What has been the impact of the economic downturn on the pillars of law office diversity:  recruitment, retention, and promotion?  What can diverse attorneys (defined broadly to include women, minorities, LGBT attorneys, veterans, and attorneys with disabilities) do to make the most of the current situation and continue to advance their career goals?

At PLI’s Diversity in Law Practice 2010 program, an outstanding faculty of in-house counsel and law firm practitioners will discuss, in the context of the current environment, how legal organizations can continue and expand their diversity initiatives and retention programs and provide practical advice on how diverse attorneys can advance their legal careers.

What You Will Learn

  • How legal departments can continue and move forward with their diversity and inclusion initiatives and retention efforts in a difficult, unchartered economic environment
  • New legal developments that impact diversity initiatives, including the implications of Ricci v. DeStafano, same sex marriage developments, and the rights of disabled attorneys
  • The General Counsel Speak:  How chief legal officers view diversity today:  new thoughts, strategies, and expectations for outside counsel
  • How diverse attorneys can develop their professional skills to not only survive but stand out and progress in their careers

Who Should Attend

This program is specifically targeted to address the diversity concerns of in-house counsel, partners and associates in all size law firms, attorneys working for government agencies or nonprofit organizations, and diversity, professional development, recruiting and Human Resource professionals.

Simultaneous live webcast of the New York session is available for individual viewing. Webcast participants will receive streaming audio and/or video of the program, view and print the Course Handbook, and have the ability to submit questions electronically.

For more information, and to register, please visit the PLI website.

ABA Report: Recession Undermining Diversity Initiatives

February 15, 2010 by  
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Law.com discusses the affect of the economy on diversity efforts in the February 5, 2010 article, “ABA Report: Recession Undermining Diversity Initiatives.”  The ABA report, “Diversity in the Legal Profession: The Next Steps,” was the first comprehensive diversity study from the ABA since the legal profession began grappling with the economic collapse, and unfortunately revealed that spending on diversity efforts have slowed and some of the gains have diminished.

 To access the article on Law.com, please select the following link: ABA Report: Recession Undermining Diversity Initiatives

Women Attorneys Business Development Study

February 8, 2010 by  
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Harry Keshet published a 2007 study examining the intersection of two important trends in the legal profession: women’s growing participation in the practice of law and lawyers’ increased deliberate efforts to generate and grow business for their firms.  The research focuses on how women attorneys go about building their book of business and generating high originations. 

To access this study, please select the following link: Women Attorneys Business Development Study

Just Like Everyone

February 8, 2010 by  
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The ABA Journal posted “Just Like Everyone” on February 1, 2010, discussing how inclusion can be a powerful tool for making GLBT and other lawyers feel more comfortable in the workplace.  The article also reviews the role of diversity and inclusion in law firms and includes an examination of best practices.

To access the article, please select the following link: Just Like Everyone

Save the date: MCCA Conference 2010

February 8, 2010 by  
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For your planning purposes, please note that the MCCA Pathways to Diversity Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis in NYC.  As such, the ALFDP Fall Conference will likely be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 with a reception the evening of November 8th.

Out and About: LGBT Legal — A New Currency

February 8, 2010 by  
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On February 2, 2010, The Huffington Post  published an article written by ALFDP member, Lisa Linsky, discussing compassion, Haiti and LGBT rights. 

To access a link to the article, please select the following link: Out and About: LGBT Legal — A New Currency