Tag Archives: Diversity

The Prudential Financial Inc. building stands in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Meet Akin Gump’s New Diversity Chief, Hired from Prudential

Meet Akin Gump’s New Diversity Chief, Hired from Prudential

Akin Gump has hired Michele Meyer-Shipp, former chief diversity officer of Prudential Financial, as the firm’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The hire makes Akin Gump the latest Big Law firm with a dedicated diversity officer, a role that has gone from obscurity to near-ubiquity in the legal industry over the past ten years. Earlier

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Oracle’s Top Lawyer on the ‘Cascading Effect’ of Diversity

As the general counsel of Oracle, Dorian Daley believes she has an important role to play in increasing gender equality and diversity within the ranks of her outside counsel. But Daley, who oversees a 457-member legal department at the computing giant, also believes she can do the same for women in tech.  “There can be this helpful,

Malvina Longoria, MasterCard’s general counsel for strategy and transformation

What MasterCard’s Law Department is Doing to Help Drive Law Firm Diversity

Article by Yin Wilczek, Bloomberg BNA; Video by RJ Jewell, Bloomberg BNA Diversity matters because it drives innovation, said Malvina Longoria, general counsel, Strategy & Transformation at MasterCard Inc. MasterCard is a signatory to an American Bar Association push to include more women and minorities in the legal profession. Legal services remains one of the


Digging Into Legal Diversity Rankings

For the fourth year in a row, White & Case scored the highest ranking in The American Lawyer’s annual diversity report, which measures the largest U.S. law firms based on the percentage of minority lawyers they have at the firm and in their partner ranks. The report, published in May, showed that White & Case’s

Lawyers discuss diversity and inclusion in the legal profession at the Big Law Business Diversity and Inclusion Summit in 2016. Photo by Jamie Watts for Big Law Business

Law Firms Adopt Policy to Promote Women and Minorities

Under a one year pilot program, thirty U.S. law firms have agreed to adopt a policy that requires them to consider women and minority lawyers when it comes to promoting and hiring talent. Senior in-house lawyers from HP, Facebook, PayPal, American Express, Target, Walmart, Microsoft and other companies have agreed to meet privately with beneficiaries of the

Diversity Symposium IV

4th Diversity Symposium Recap (Videos)

During the 4th Diversity Symposium on May 10, Big Law Business convened an exclusive audience of in-house counsel, committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and seeking solutions. Welcome Remarks Michael MacKay, President, Bloomberg BNA Plus   Leading the Profession: Success Stories Corporate legal departments see the most successful relationships when their goals and

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NYC Bar Diversity Leadership Program Puts Associates at the Helm

The New York City Bar Association is gearing up for a summer leadership training program that hopes to put diversity and inclusion tools in the hands of those who might need it most: associates. Over the course of five Fridays this summer, 50 associates, ranging in experience from fourth years to eighth years, will convene for


Are Big Law Associates Less Concerned With Diversity Than Their Partners?

Young Big Law attorneys say they value diversity and inclusion less than partners, according to survey of Above The Law readers released this week. But is that really the case? In the survey, conducted on the ATL website by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, 39 percent of associates strongly agreed that diversity should


Top Black Lawyers Share Advice with Young Attorneys of Color

As hundreds of attorneys convened in downtown Chicago last week for the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers, the focus was on the future: mentoring and supporting the next generation of black women entering the legal profession. As a group, black women remain disproportionately underrepresented in Big Law. According to a January report by the