2013 Diversity & Inclusion Summit
Preparing for the Future
June 6 – 7, 2013
The Mid-America Club
Registration is now open for the 2013 NALP Diversity and Inclusion Summit. Please follow the link for more information: http://www.nalp.org/events
For a complete list of sessions and descriptions download the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Summit brochure.
Please save-the-date for the 2013 NALP/ALFDP Diversity & Inclusion Summit.
June 7, 2013
More information to come.
On November 4, 2010, the National Law Journal reported on the The National Association for Law Placement’s (NALP) latest diversity statistics, concluding that the percentage of both minority attorneys and women attorneys declined slightly at firms during 2010. NALP’s findings mirror similar conclusions released in recent months by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA),Vault and National Law Journal affiliate The American Lawyer. All three surveys found small pockets of improvement, either at individual firms or among subsets of the attorney population, but the larger conclusions were that diversity suffered. It was the first time in the 17 years that NALP has collected demographic data that diversity actually declined.
Please select the following link to access the full article: Recession blamed for ‘historic’ decline in law firm diversity
On November 9, 2010, the Careerist published an articled discussing the The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) survey that tracked women at the 200 largest firms.
The article reports:
First, the familiar bad news: NAWL finds that women constitute only 15 percent of equity partners (it’s been the same rate for the last five years) and are barely represented in the most influential committees at their law firms. What’s more, nearly half of the firms say that there’s not a single woman among their top ten rainmakers.
Now, the new bad news: Contrary to those optimists who say that the recession has had a positive effect on work/life balance issues, women did not fare well during the recession. In a nutshell, the changes in the profession and the economic downturn have not been kind to lawyers in general and women in particular. (The National Law Journal also reports that the number of women and minority lawyers declined during this past year, according to NALP.)
To access the full article, please select the following link: Recession Tough on Women Lawyers
On June 10th, ALFDP will host a dinner for all members attending the Summit (this year, ALFDP will assume the cost for the dinner). In addition, ALFDP will sponsor a short networking reception at the conclusion of the conference on June 11th.
Registration Open for 2010 Diversity Summit
Plan now to be in Chicago for the fifth annual Diversity Summit on June 11. The chief purpose of this exciting conference is to provide a forum for a robust exchange of information about the current challenges and innovations surrounding the issue of diversity in the legal employment arena. Co-sponsored by NALP ALFDP, this event will bring together NALP and ALFDP members, law firm partners, in-house lawyers, law school deans, industry consultants, and other legal career professionals who have an interest in continuing to expand the diversity of the practice of law.
The 2010 Diversity Summit will:
Focus on the diversity pipeline and highlight programs that have successful track records.
- Identify proven ways to increase the recruitment, promotion, and retention of diverse lawyers.
- Examine how the movement to competency-based systems for compensation and advancement is likely to affect law firms’ diversity initiatives.
- Provide diversity professionals and others involved in law school and law firm diversity initiatives an opportunity to connect with one another and share best practices.
- Provide continuing legal education credits.
For more information and to register: www.nalp.org/2010diversitysummit.
The Minority Corporate Counsel Association will host its 9th Annual CLE Expo March 17-19 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel. MCCA wanted to make sure you were aware of this event to share with your diverse attorneys as there are excellent business development opportunities to be had this event.
In-house counsel attend this conference 1.5 day each year to keep up with their CLE requirements, stay ahead of cutting edge issues and connect with their peers to benchmark and share ideas. And because MCCA maintains a 1:1 ratio (or better) of in-house to outside counsel attendance, no other conference offers you this kind of opportunity to develop new business and connect one-on-one with leading in-house counsel, budget managers, and decision makers from top Fortune 500 organizations. By attending, your lawyers will get to network with in-house counsel that have seniority, managerial depth, and significant roles as leaders within the nation’s foremost corporate law departments.
Included below is just a small sampling of featured speakers (over 100 in all) that your attorneys can learn from and network with:
- Michele Coleman Mayes, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Allstate Insurance Company
- George W. Madison, General Counsel, Department of the Treasury
- Stacey J. Mobley, Senior Counsel, Dickstein Shapiro LLP & formerSenior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, DuPont Company
- Thomas L. Sager, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, DuPont Company
- Gloria Santona, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, McDonald’s Corporation
- Laura Schumacher, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Abbott Laboratories
- Willard K. Tom, General Counsel, Federal Trade Commission
- William Von Hoene, Jr., Executive Vice President, Finance & Legal, Exelon Corporation
Plus confirmed attendees include representatives from Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, MetLife, Kellogg Company, IBM Corporation, Discover Financial Services, Gap, Inc., Fedex, Eli Lilly & Company, Sony Electronics, WellPoint and many many more.
Finally, registration rates are affordable, set far lower than what other competing organizations are charging.
Share this information with your firm members and we are certain they will be glad you did.
The opening reception for the ALFDP Fall Conference will be held on Monday evening, November 8, 2010. More information to come.
The 2010 ALFDP Fall Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. More information to come.
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.