The Path – CLI News

Building a More Diverse, More Inclusive Organization

GOOD MORNING! A Wonderful Micro Affirmation[i] Good Morning Everyone.  Here is a micro affirmation[ii] that is foundational[iii] to building a more inclusive organization: Adopt the practice of authentically saying “good morning” each day to each co-worker that crosses your path – especially, co-workers who do not enjoy your rank or privilege.  This is my absolute favorite act of affirmation because it is easy and it helps build a more inclusive culture. “Good Morning” is a small, simple, affirmation that, at…

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Dr. Arin Reeves brings fresh insight to the 2017 CLI Summit

The Center for Legal Inclusiveness, CLI, was honored to host Dr. Arin Reeves, President of legal diversity consulting firm Nextions LLC, as the Keynote speaker for the 2017 Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit.  Her honest and un-apologizing assessment of diversity and inclusiveness in the legal community was inspiring. Dr. Reeves notes that the number of women of color who are partners or have equity in their firms hasn’t changed since she first looked at the issue 10 years ago. “There’s…

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CLI member Ballard Spahr Ranks Among Top 50 on National Law Journal’s Female Scorecard

Ballard Spahr has been ranked as one of the top 50 law firms for women lawyers by the National Law Journal’s Female Scorecard, which ranks the nation’s largest law firms according to their percentages of women attorneys. The list was based on the results of a survey the National Law Journal sent to 350 of the country’s largest law firms by head count. Of the 261 firms that responded to the survey, Ballard Spahr ranked 48th. “Our female lawyers are…

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Snell & Wilmer are committed to Diversity.

Snell & Wilmer is committed to employing diversity and inclusion strategies that achieve results. At all levels, we are focused, engaged, and vested in fostering our Committee on Diversity & Inclusion’s vision statement “One Community, Identity of Many.” Vision, Mission and Values Statements To articulate the essence of our firm’s beliefs and focus, our Committee on Diversity & Inclusion created vision and mission statements. Mission Statement By honoring the unique qualities of individuals, educating our colleagues, and building meaningful alliances,…

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Wow. Ten Years

by Lisa Mickley, Attorney at Hall & Evans Ten years ago I would not have touched the issue of diversity (let alone inclusion) with a ten-foot pole. I mean that quite seriously; I would likely not have even engaged in a conversation about it, let alone broached the subject. My view was, ‘the world is the way it is, deal and get on with it.’ As much as anything, this was probably because that is how I saw my mother…

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Lonely no more! Thank you CLI

By Catherine Chan Chan Law Firm, Founder; CLI Board Member Diversity in the legal profession can mean many things: gender diversity, racial diversity, diversity in legal fields and firm size, and more. When I began my practice in 2003, there were few female solo practitioners to contact for help or questions. As I sought and joined different law-related organizations, I found few female attorneys on key boards and committees, and even fewer attorneys of color. Additionally, the leadership of most…

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Barriers and Bias in the Workplace and Winning Despite Them – NITA Webcast

Karen Hester, as NITA-faculty, taught this seminar which premiered as a live webcast, and  is available on-demand. “Implicit bias impacts everyone and affects our behaviors and our decision-making. Karen Hester will define diversity, inclusion and implicit bias, discuss the effect these concepts have on the legal profession  including but not limited to hiring, retention and advancement of diverse and women attorneys  and share available resources to help the audience become aware of, and minimize, implicit bias in the workplace.  …

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Small business development committee presents Stephanie Wachman with tips on business time savers

Our Small Business Development committee really enjoyed a presentation by Stephanie Wachman, Executive & Productivity Coach, Author and Speaker on January 24th and we felt she might have other great tips and hints for Lawyers and Business people alike in our community. Stephanie Wachman of Own Your Time® spoke with Mary-Frances Main about business organization. MF: What do you find is the biggest time waster for business people? SW: The biggest time waster I see when working with business people…

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Inclusiveness@Work Nominee For Firm/Legal Department: Holland & Hart

One of Holland & Hart’s core values is their diverse work force. They recognize the strength of talent and breadth of perspective that come from a diverse work force, and are committed to maintaining and enhancing our multifaceted team. Their Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee (DIVCOM), established 20 years ago, helps to foster a culture that values and celebrates the diversity of each individual. In 2015, the firm adopted a separate Ethnic and LGBT Diversity Plan (D&I Plan) specifically addressing recruitment,…

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Inclusiveness@Work Nominee For Firm/Legal Department: LawBank

LawBank helps with diversity and inclusion in the legal profession using a different approach. For those attorneys, especially those underrepresented in the profession, who don’t practice in large/mid-sized firms, the ability to set up one’s own shingle is a viable option – if one can afford it. Co-founders Jay Kamlet and Jordan Deifik felt there was a need for an office space where attorneys could be in a community setting and yet work independently and affordably. So in 2013, they…

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