Four big corporate GCs dished out tips to a hungry crowd at the National Bar Association convention in Atlanta last week about how to get a slice of their hundreds of millions of dollars in legal spending.

It was an afternoon panel discussion titled “Call to Action: General counsels speak out on fostering and increasing diversity in the legal profession.” Organized by Harold E. Franklin Jr. of King & Spalding, president of the Gate City Bar Association, which was host of the convention that drew about 3,000 black lawyers from around the country. The stated objective — for CLE credit — was “to explain the increasing focus in corporate legal departments on fostering and increasing diversity among their outside counsel ranks.”

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