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Cracking the Diversity Code: Eliminating Bias in Corporate Law Departments and Law Firms


The legal profession continues to advance diversity as a critical business priority, but genuine progress continues to prove elusive. While many legal departments and law firms have made strides in the right direction, serious challenges remain for implementing and measuring initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion in terms of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, disability and veteran status.

In this live interactive webcast, expert panelists Joi Bourgeois (Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe), Susan Steinthal (Deputy General Counsel, Citizens Financial Group) and Sanjay (Jay) Benegal (Senior Vice President & Commercial Banker, Citizens Financial Group) examine the issues of diversity and elimination of bias in corporate legal departments and law firms. The panel addresses these and other key questions, including:

  • What steps are corporate legal departments and law firms taking to ensure that attorney diversity is a priority?
  • What are some best practices for recruiting, hiring and retaining attorneys of diverse backgrounds?
  • What challenges have corporate law departments and law firms faced in implementing and measuring diversity programs?
  • How can corporate legal departments help influence the diversity efforts of outside law firms? 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this material, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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