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Relocation can be an extra hurdle for legal departments as they try to diversify their in-house ranks. However, recruiters told Corporate Counsel that helping diverse attorneys find a community in what will be their new homes is a good way to begin that recruitment process.

Sonya Som, a partner at recruiting firm Heidrick & Struggles in Chicago, said corporations historically have taken a view that everyone needs a job. The power has shifted and many candidates are juggling between two to three offers at a time. One competitive advantage companies can offer when recruiting diverse candidates is to help the candidates look around the community to explore the neighborhoods, schools and religious institutions.

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Dan Clark

Dan covers cyber security, legal operations and intellectual property for Corporate Counsel. Follow him on Twitter @Danclarkalm.

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