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Bellsouth general counsel Charles Morgan has not only taken on the role of diversity advocate in chief at his company, he’s also a strong and public diversity advocate nationwide. Morgan is chair of the American Bar Association’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice. He wrote the Diversity Statement of Principle, a commitment by corporations to push their outside counsel toward hiring a more diverse group of lawyers. So far, the declaration has been adopted by more than 470 general counsel of major corporations. So maybe it’s just a coincidence that in the five years since a BellSouth diversity committee circulated the Diversity Statement of Principle, minority representation at firms has increased from 12 percent to 14.6 percent, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

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