The Non-Business Case for Diversity in the Legal Profession?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Great new Pro Say Blog post by Michelle Silverthorn, asking important and challenging questions about the importance of developing a non-business case for diversity.  Silverthorn explains the challenge like this:

You’re the hiring partner at a law firm.  The managing partner shows you the numbers.  He explains that diversity initiatives have led to more money going out than coming in and have not led to an increase in clients.  He’s run studies, surveyed the partners, and has concluded that there will not be any PR, recruiting, or business problem if the firm stops funding diversity initiatives entirely.  You’re on the hot seat.  What’s your non-business case for diversity?

Read Silverthorn's blog here, and then consider this 2011 report by the US Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP), "The Business Case for Diversity: Reality or Wishful Thinking?" and this 2009 study by the Law Society of British Columbia, "The Business Case for Retaining and Advancing Women Lawyers in Private Practice."
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