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Business, Moral and Political Imperatives for Diversity
The Legal Intelligencer
April 16, 2013

Our nation is rapidly becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. According to the 2010 decennial census, 36.3 percent of the U.S. population was comprised of people classified as minorities — i.e., those of any race other than non-Hispanic, single-race whites. By 2042, the Census Bureau estimates that minorities will constitute the majority. Full Text


Managing Risks Surrounding Diversity Issues
The Legal Intelligencer
April 16, 2013

Despite numerous travelers traversing the “yellow-brick road” to a more diverse workforce, diversity continues to present challenges. Materials that companies create relating to their diversity initiatives can potentially be deadly flowers in the fields along the yellow-brick road. Full Text


2013 Roundtable Discussion on Diversity Issues
The Legal Intelligencer
April 16, 2013

The editorial staff of The Legal Intelligencer understands that diversity is a continuing concern in the legal community. This discussion is a follow-up to one we held in 2011 that suggested concrete solutions for the issues the legal profession faces in recruiting, hiring and retaining minority attorneys. Full Text



The Legal’s Diverse Attorneys of the Year — 2013
The Legal Intelligencer
April 16, 2013

The Legal’s editorial staff recently set out to select our Diverse Attorneys of the Year, in which we highlight the achievements of some of the state’s minority attorneys. Every two years, in an effort to illuminate the efforts of members of the legal profession across the state, we name a new group of attorneys who have done remarkable work in the prior two years. Full Text



‘Bar Buddies’ Program Benefits Mentor and Mentee
The Legal Intelligencer
April 16, 2013

The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, through its 2011 launch of the “Bar Buddies” mentorship program, seeks to continue the venerable legacy of the Liacouras Committee by supporting ethnically diverse candidates who plan to take a state bar exam. Full Text




Conditioning Ourselves to Seek Out Differences
The Legal Intelligencer
April 16, 2013

Most people would agree that it is natural to find comfort from cultural familiarity and that there is nothing inherently bad or wrong with that. But what if the unintended consequence is the systematic exclusion of those with whom we don’t comfortably identify? Throw in the fact that certain institutions — like law firms and their cultures — have developed and prospered not because of, but most likely despite, this phenomenon, and we find ourselves in quite the pickle in this enlightened era of law firm diversity and inclusion. Full Text