This Black History Month, Law Firms Should Challenge Norms

February 8, 2021

Senior Partner and Locke Lord’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Paulette Brown authored an article serving as an assessment as to where diversity and inclusion stands at law firms. Brown notes that Black History Month is a good time to take a deep dive into culture to determine whether it is the reason, despite best intentions, as to why there has been little progress in the diversification of law firms.

Brown outlines steps that firms could and should take in order to further diversity and inclusion within their ranks. She said an initial first step is for law firms to measure the strength of their diversity and inclusion in the same manner every other goal and core value is measured. “When diversity, equity and inclusion goals are set, they must be transparent and enforceable. Written and transparent policies can be a part of the solution. There must be a strategic plan, informed by an assessment, and mechanisms in place to implement and enforce the plan,” she said.

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