The American Lawyer Quotes Paulette Brown on Critical Need for Career-Building Tasks for Retention of Diverse Lawyers

The American Lawyer
February 1, 2021

Locke Lord Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Paulette Brown, a Senior Partner in the Firm’s Princeton office, was quoted by The American Lawyer on evolving diversity and inclusion expectations at law firms and the need for both qualitative and quantitative data in diversity and inclusion assessments. Brown noted that reviewing attorneys' work to ensure they are placed on career-building tasks is critical for the retention of diverse lawyers. "In addition to looking at hours billed every month for diverse lawyers, [we] are also looking at the quality of work they're getting," Brown says. She adds, "If a person isn't receiving quality work and is not able to move along with their associate class, they may decide to leave or they may be asked to leave."