CHICAGO, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession ("IILP") announces the publication of "Competing Interests," a 3-part series of papers that explain a previously unrecognized aspect to the legal profession's ongoing challenge to become more diverse and inclusive: what happens when diversity, as a core value, is forced to compete with other core values in corporations and law firms.
"Competing Interests" explains:
- Why corporate clients and outside counsel need to be concerned about declining numbers of African American partners;
- How the profession has overlooked how efforts designed to promote economy and efficiency have undermined diversity and inclusion efforts; and,
- Specific recommendations for lawyers, law firms and corporate law departments that explain how to address these concerns, and why.
The papers detail how corporate preferred provider programs that decrease the number of law firms eligible to handle a company's legal work so as to gain more efficiency and better pricing are impacting the ability of diverse lawyers to secure that work. And the competition between diversity and other core values are not limited to corporations. Law firms that insist upon direct connections between their support of diversity and business generation are adversely impacting the profession's diversity efforts as well as their own firm efforts.
For many within the legal profession there is a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion but not nearly enough action. "Competing Interests" offers the legal profession specific, concrete actions that can result in meaningful action.
"Competing Interests" is the result of the experiences, candor, and thoughtful analysis of its contributors: E. Macey Russell, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Marci Rubin, California Bar Foundation Board; David Douglass, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; and Martin Greene, Zuber Lawler & DelDuca LLP.
All three papers may be downloaded at no charge: www.TheIILP.com/Publications.
About the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Through programs, projects, and research, the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession promotes diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. IILP advances new approaches and invents/tests methodologies that will lead to real change and eliminate bias in the legal field. For more information, visit IILP's website; or follow on Twitter at @theiilp, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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