In-house counsel get to know the outside counsel team members in different ways. Some departments hold annual mandatory meetings with all outside counsel to discuss vision, values and performance, while others address these areas one on one. It is most helpful for in-house counsel to clearly state the obvious to outside counsel: You are expected to learn about the company and its culture and to take that into consideration when representing the company.

Outside counsel should consider reviewing the Call to Action Web site,
www.clocalltoaction.com, and www.stakeholder100.com to determine whether any of their clients are listed as signatories or participants. That information can provide insight into the expectations of in-house counsel at particular companies.

THE WIDER VIEW

After scrutinizing internal metrics about the in-house department, the outside firm, the project or case team and identifying areas for improvement and implementing a plan to accomplish improvement, it is important to take a broader, external view and consider how to diversify in the profession as a whole via outreach programs.

Outreach efforts which can take many practical and concrete forms:

  • supporting diverse bar associations by joining and participating in events,
  • including diverse students in law firm and law department summer programs,
  • offering diverse students access to law firm and law department internships,
  • providing scholarships for diverse law students,
  • funding programs that introduce undergraduates to the legal profession,
  • coordinating with organizations to encourage diverse students to excel college by providing funding or mentors,
  • donating to organizations with curricula tailored to diverse students in grades K-12 who have intellect and skill but might not complete school or consider college if they have not met anyone who has gone to college and do not think that they can afford to attend.


Outreach efforts address the issue most often raised by outside counsel: There are not enough diverse law students. It is true that the percentage of ethnically diverse law students does not match the percentage of ethnically diverse people in the state of California or in the country. However, it is also true that diverse students may attend a wider variety of schools or may have completed a different career path en route to law school. It is incumbent upon law firms to become familiar with the entire market of law schools to locate talent.

Diversity Viewpoints

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

More From ALM

Premium Subscription

With this subscription you will receive unlimited access to high quality, online, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry. This is perfect for attorneys licensed in multiple jurisdictions or for attorneys that have fulfilled their CLE requirement but need to access resourceful information for their practice areas.
View Now

Team Accounts

Our Team Account subscription service is for legal teams of four or more attorneys. Each attorney is granted unlimited access to high quality, on-demand premium content from well-respected faculty in the legal industry along with administrative access to easily manage CLE for the entire team.
View Now

Bundle Subscriptions

Gain access to some of the most knowledgeable and experienced attorneys with our 2 bundle options! Our Compliance bundles are curated by CLE Counselors and include current legal topics and challenges within the industry. Our second option allows you to build your bundle and strategically select the content that pertains to your needs. Both options are priced the same.
View Now

New York Legal Awards 2022 (NYLA)

October 06, 2022
New York, NY

The New York Law Journal honors attorneys and judges who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession in New York.


Learn More

Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards (WIPLA) 2022

October 18, 2022
Washington, DC

Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards honors women lawyers who have made a remarkable difference in the legal profession.


Learn More

National Law Journal Legal Awards (NLJLA) 2022

October 20, 2022
Washington, DC

The National Law Journal honors attorneys & judges who've made a remarkable difference in the legal profession in the D.C. area.


Learn More

Senior In-House Contracts Administrator


A large and well-established Tampa company is seeking a contracts administrator to support the company's in-house attorney and manage a wide...


Apply Now ›

COMMERCIAL FINANCE ATTORNEY - STAMFORD, HARTFORD OR NEW HAVEN OFFICES


We are seeking an attorney to join our commercial finance practice in either our Stamford, Hartford or New Haven offices. Candidates should ...


Apply Now ›

CORPORATE ATTORNEY (8+ Years) - REMOTE, CT


We are seeking an attorney to join our corporate and transactional practice. Candidates should have a minimum of 8 years of general corporat...


Apply Now ›

CHIESA SHAHINIAN & GIANTOMASI

09/26/2022
NYLJ Web

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi : Commitment to the highest standards of service.


View Announcement ›

SCHULTEN WARD TURNER & WEISS, LLP

09/21/2022
DR Web

Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, LLP is pleased to announce that John Gracia has joined the firm as a partner.


View Announcement ›

WISNIEWSKI & ASSOCIATES

09/12/2022
NJLJ Web

WISNIEWSKI & ASSOCIATES LLC Takes pleasure in announcing that Civil Litigator DOUGLAS R. D ANTONIO has become a Partner of the Firm.


View Announcement ›