Save the Date! 2013 NALP/ALFDP Diversity & Inclusion Summit

September 19, 2012 by  
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Please save-the-date for the 2013 NALP/ALFDP Diversity & Inclusion Summit.

June 7, 2013
Chicago, IL

More information to come.

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.

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.

National Urban League Report: Diversity Practices that Work

January 8, 2010 by  
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The National Urban League published a white paper, “Diversity Practices that Work: The American Worker Speaks,” examining the effectiveness of corporate diversity programs.  To view the report online, please click the following link: 

 

NUL Report: Diversity Practices that Work

New ALFDP Board Members!

November 16, 2009 by  
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Congratulations to the following new board members who were recently elected at the 2009 Annual Fall Conference:

Vice President – Maja Hazell (Fried Frank)

Treasurer – Denise Robinson (O’Melveny & Meyers)

At-Large Member – Michelle Wimes (Shook Hardy and Bacon)

We would also like to thank the following individuals for their past service on the Board:

Vice President – Lovita Tandy (King & Spalding)

Treasurer – Nancy Philippi (Quarles & Brady)

At-Large Member – Alphonzo Grant  (Sullivan & Cromwell)

… and thank the following members for their continued service:

President – Sylvia James (Baker Botts)

Secretary – Kisha Nunez (Wachtell Lipton)

President Emeritus – Anna Brown (Shearman & Sterling)

Historian – Theresa Cropper (Perkins Coie)

At-Large Member – Rick Jones (K & L Gates)

New York State Bar Association’s Sixth Annual Constance Baker Motley Symposium: Diversity at the Downturn

November 14, 2009 by  
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On January 25, 2010, from 2 pm to 5:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, the New York State Bar Association will present its Sixth Annual Constance Baker Motley Symposium: Diversity at the Downturn.  The Symposium, which is being sponsored by the NYSBA Committee on Minorities in the Profession, will address the shifting fortunes of lawyers of color in the legal profession during this economic recession.   

Diversity at the Downturn will explore the impact that the recession has had on lawyers of color in a variety of practice settings: law firm, law departments, public interest, and the judiciary.  Is there any evidence that diverse attorneys have been more deeply affected by the economic downturn than others?   What are the changes for diversity coordinators and where are the cuts in the private sector?  How are recent law graduates of color faring as they seek their first jobs?  What can and should the profession do to affirmatively further the full and equal participation of minorities in all aspects of the practice of law, in good times and bad? 

 Moderator:

Paula Edgar, Executive Director, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS)

 Panel:

Honorable Rolando Acosta, Appellate Division, First Judicial Department

Maja Hazell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

John Higgins, Counsel, Nixon Peabody

Katherine Frink-Hamlett, Esq., President, Frink-Hamlett Legal Solutions, Inc.

Robert Grey, Interim Executive Director of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Assad Siddiqi, Vice President, Muslim Bar Association of New York 

 

PALS Program: Performance Evaluations as a Professional Development Tool

November 14, 2009 by  
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Performance Evaluations as a Professional Development Tool:

Demonstrating Your Value During Performance Evaluations

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

6:30 – 8:30 P.M.

Hosted By:

Jones Day
222 East 41st Street
New York, NY

 

Panelists:

Alphonzo Grant Jr., Special Counsel & Director of Diversity, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Michele P. Moorman, Manager of Professional Development, White & Case LLP

Maureen M. Reid, Principal, Maureen M. Reid LLC

Charmaine Slack, Partner – Jones Day

Other panelists to be announced.

 

This workshop is for junior attorneys of color who want to learn how to maximize the quality and frequency of their feedback opportunities while also showcasing their skills and development to the people who need to know.  Associates in law firms usually receive formal feedback once a year.  Properly preparing for that evaluation is no less important than preparing for a law school exam, and no attorney should enter an evaluation without a plan. We will help you understand how to get ready for those evaluation sessions.   However, it is often the informal feedback, delivered in real time, that can make the biggest difference in an associate’s career development, and we also want to help you make sure you get as much of that feedback as you can. 
 
Experts in the area will discuss how to complete self-evaluation forms, handle difficult questions, seek constructive feedback, and demonstrate professional growth and development during your year end evaluations and throughout the year.  Come prepared with your feedback anecdotes and questions.  And let us know, when you RSVP, if you think there is a particular issue or skill that is especially important for us to discuss.

Space for this program is limited.

Please RSVP at www.palsprogram.org/performeval  November 27, 2009. 

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October 28, 2009 by  
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NAWL Fourth Annual Survey on Women in Law Firms

October 27, 2009 by  
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Please see below for a link to a press release announcing the release of NAWL’s (National Association of Women’s Lawyers) Fourth Annual Survey on Women in Law Firms.  There is also a direct link to the survey. 

NAWL Press Release – October 26, 2009

2009 NAWL Survey

Law Firm Diversity Demographics Show Little Change, Despite Economic Downturn

October 22, 2009 by  
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NALP recently released statistics examining the affect of the economic downturn on diversity demographics in law firms.  Please select the following link to view the full article: NALP Diversity Demographics Article 10/09

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