4th National Forum on

Law Firm Diversity

Making the Culture Change Happen….

Thursday, March 22, 2007

About

Diversity in law firms remains both a business and moral imperative…
Learn how to incorporate the necessary culture changes to ensure that your firm's diversity initiative is not just superficial..

Addressing diversity in your firm must go beyond simply instituting a general framework for an internal diversity program. Why? Because there is often a tremendous gap between the actual corporate culture that exists for diversity attorneys and the policy that is advertised. Merely having a diversity policy without the tools to implement it effectively isn't good enough - clients won't accept it and will take their business elsewhere.

The truly diverse firm must be able to tackle the challenges that it faces on a day-to-day basis-this entails understanding the needs, concerns, troubles and goals of those who fall under the diversity umbrella. The key is to have the knowledge to overcome those challenges.

Building upon its acclaimed Law Firm Diversity series, the publication from the 4th National Forum on Law Firm Diversity, has been carefully designed to offer real-life solutions, workable tools, specific procedures, and precise wisdom for key personnel-all necessary ingredients for a successful diversity program.

This publication, a selection of presentation materials from a world-class faculty renowned for sparking meaningful discussion and dialogue amongst attendees, identifies and isolates the myriad complex issues diversity presents,

The faculty includes General Counsel and Inclusion Executives from the corporate world, as well as speakers from award-winning firms, diversity attorneys who have overcome challenges of all sorts, and specialists in integrating diversity programs. They will ensure that the gap between your firm's corporate policy and actual corporate culture is eliminated.

Innovative and cutting-edge presentations include:

  • Beyond partner "buy-in" – how to keep partners engaged in your diversity program
  • Work / life balance
  • Addressing the legal backlash that can arise
  • Overcoming small and mid-size firm challenges in recruiting and retaining diversity target attorneys
  • Getting the most out of your mentorship program: Enforcing mentor/mentee guidelines and responsibilities

Contents & Contributors

About

Diversity in law firms remains both a business and moral imperative…
Learn how to incorporate the necessary culture changes to ensure that your firm's diversity initiative is not just superficial..

Addressing diversity in your firm must go beyond simply instituting a general framework for an internal diversity program. Why? Because there is often a tremendous gap between the actual corporate culture that exists for diversity attorneys and the policy that is advertised. Merely having a diversity policy without the tools to implement it effectively isn't good enough - clients won't accept it and will take their business elsewhere.

The truly diverse firm must be able to tackle the challenges that it faces on a day-to-day basis-this entails understanding the needs, concerns, troubles and goals of those who fall under the diversity umbrella. The key is to have the knowledge to overcome those challenges.

Building upon its acclaimed Law Firm Diversity series, the publication from the 4th National Forum on Law Firm Diversity, has been carefully designed to offer real-life solutions, workable tools, specific procedures, and precise wisdom for key personnel-all necessary ingredients for a successful diversity program.

This publication, a selection of presentation materials from a world-class faculty renowned for sparking meaningful discussion and dialogue amongst attendees, identifies and isolates the myriad complex issues diversity presents,

The faculty includes General Counsel and Inclusion Executives from the corporate world, as well as speakers from award-winning firms, diversity attorneys who have overcome challenges of all sorts, and specialists in integrating diversity programs. They will ensure that the gap between your firm's corporate policy and actual corporate culture is eliminated.

Innovative and cutting-edge presentations include:

  • Beyond partner "buy-in" – how to keep partners engaged in your diversity program
  • Work / life balance
  • Addressing the legal backlash that can arise
  • Overcoming small and mid-size firm challenges in recruiting and retaining diversity target attorneys
  • Getting the most out of your mentorship program: Enforcing mentor/mentee guidelines and responsibilities

Contents & Contributors


OPENING THE CAN OF WORMS": ADDRESSING THE LEGAL BACKLASH THAT CAN ARISE
Mauricio Velasquez, Diversity Training Group (New York, NY)

WORK/LIFE BALANCE –AN IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION
Deborah Epstein Henry, Esq., Flex-Time Lawyers LLC (Philadelphia, PA)

RECONCILING THE DIVERSITY INITIATIVE WITH CORPORATE CULTURE – ENSURING FIRM-WIDE "BUY IN"
C. Elaine Arabatzis, Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP (New York, NY)

LESSONS LEARNED FROM CORPORATE AMERICA: PANEL OF DIVERSITY OFFICERS FROM LEADING CORPORATIONS
Charisse R. Lillie, Comcast Cable; Comcast Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)

GLOBAL DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – RAISING THE BAR: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Zollie Perry, Alcatel-Lucent Inc. (Murray Hill, NJ)

LESSONS LEARNED FROM CORPORATE AMERICA: PANEL OF DIVERSITY OFFICERS FROM LEADING CORPORATIONS
Alonzo Weems, Eli Lilly & Company (Indianapolis, IN)

BEYOND MENTORING – ENSURING AND CULTIVATING ATTORNEY DEVELOPMENT
Mitchell Karp, Karp Consulting Group (New York, NY)

OVERCOMING MID-SIZE AND SMALL FIRM CHALLENGES
David Morrison, Goldberg Kohn (Chicago, IL)



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