Leaders of the country’s largest law firms and corporate legal departments have committed to increasing their sponsorship of diverse attorneys, developing succession plans that include diverse attorneys, and collaborating with clients to advance the careers of attorneys from underrepresented groups, according to a review of managing partner and general counsel pledges submitted to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

The LCLD has just concluded its Leaders at the Front campaign, a 2020 initiative that asked member law firms and legal departments to make personal and organizational pledges to advance diversity in the legal profession. Asked to submit pledges by June 2022, the leaders of over 400 law firms and legal departments made commitments to continue existing DEI efforts and implement new measures, such as offering billable hour credits for DEI initiatives and reviewing DEI contributions in partner compensation.

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