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JUST DO IT - Figuring out how to put more women and minority litigators in position to lead high-stakes cases and represent major clients has proved to be a confounding problem, resulting in very sluggish, if any, year-over-year improvement in the number of diverse attorneys handling key matters on the defense side or leading mass litigation on the plaintiffs side. While much has been written about clients’ push for diversity among their outside counsel, is there anything law firms and judges can do to solve this conundrum? As we explore in this week’s Law.com Litigation Trendspotter column, there is: make an effort. Several recent moves by law firms and judges prove that transforming the litigation bar from an old boys club to a more modern and diverse group is going to require intentionality. But while that may sound simple, “walking the walk” when it comes to diversity requires a level of discipline and commitment that can be difficult to sustain. Before we dive in, I’m interested to hear what you think. How can law firms and judges be proactive about putting diverse litigators in position to handle important matters and represent major clients? Let me know at [email protected].
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