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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Diversity profiles


Introduction

WHY WE ARE DOING IT

The Legal 500 is launching a major new diversity and inclusion initiative in the United States. Much is written and talked about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. It is a complicated issue with no immediate answers or solutions, but we want to recognise the work that is being done, and to encourage more open and honest debate about some of the pathways to better diversity and inclusion in the law. From this homepage, you will be able to read articles and opinions from a variety of commentators. You will also be able to view some of the initiatives that law firms have in place, and also view firms that have been transparent by giving you direct access to their diversity and inclusion statistics.

Features

The General Counsel View

General counsel from various industries share their thoughts on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and the steps and initiatives their companies have put into place to promote it.


Interview: Jean Lee, CEO, Minority Corporate
Council Association (MCCA)

Jean Lee is CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), the umbrella body which brings together diverse corporate counsel and their supporters to effect change in the profession.


By The Numbers: Diversity in the US

To complement the qualitative research carried out with those featured and profiled in this publication, a comprehensive quantitative investigation looking at diversity and inclusion from all angles was completed in order to add depth to the research.


Shaping Diversity: Part One

The efforts of the government and outside counsel with respect to diversity and inclusion – particularly from a legislative perspective – are especially evident. But what about the fight for change in the workplace and the role of in-house counsel in proactively pushing that agenda forward?


Shaping Diversity: Part Two

The talent pipeline is a significant area of focus for many of the general counsel who participated in this research. Many in-house departments are now proactively trying to change the face of their own internal recruitment.


Shaping Diversity: Part Three

One trend which emerged in the research conducted to support this report, was a much more serious focus on sponsorship and mentoring in the US compared with the UK and Europe. That has been illustrated both in the commitment to establishing programs in this space, but also in the dynamic seen between mentors/mentees and sponsors/sponsees.


Toolkit

Across the legal sector – from the partner level in private firms and general counsel in major corporates, right through to new recruits fresh out of law school – research shows that there remains barriers to entering and progressing through the sector for certain groups and demographics.


Black General Counsel 2025 initiative

A group of esteemed current and former GCs have begun work to increase the representation of African-Americans in the in-house community through the newly developed Black General Counsel 2025 Initiative.


GC Champions



Diversity Commitment: The Law Firm View

Jacqueline Marcus, Business Finance & Restructuring Partner,
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

Business Finance & Restructuring Partner Jacqueline Marcus discusses her role as diversity committee co-chair, tower co-chair, and one of the firm's first flex-time partners.

Zarrar Sehgal, Diversity Committee Leader, Clifford Chance

Zarrar Sehgal, partner of Clifford Chance, leads the firm's Diversity Committee in the US. He also heads up Clifford Chance's Americas Banking & Finance practice and global Transport and Logistics sector.

Rajeev Gupta, Partner, Finnegan

Rajeev Gupta, Partner of Finnegan, discusses his role as leader of Finnegan's Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Larren Nashelsky, Chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP

Larren Nashelsky, Chair of Morrison & Foerster LLP, discusses the firm's commitment to diversity.

Madeline McDonough, Chair, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Madeleine McDonough, Chair at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, discusses the firm's approach to diversity.

GC DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION REPORTS