Instant Insights / A National Conversation on Racism: the Legal Profession's Role in Driving Equality
The tragedy of George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer has spurred a renewed conversation about who we are as a country. In the legal sphere, we are seeing members of the community come together and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. At ALM, our reporters and editors have interviewed diverse law firm leaders, general counsel and law deans, as well as allies, about where the blindspots are and where we go from here. A collection of some of that coverage, along with photography from the protests and spot news, is below.
In-House Is Tracking Vendor Diversity—But Goals May Still Be Undefined
Legal departments are attempting to hold outside providers accountable for improving the diversity and inclusion on display within their ranks. However, many in-house teams may still be in the early stages of harvesting the data necessary to effectively track those efforts while also attempting to seek out new, minority-owned providers to engage.
Legal departments at companies such as Coca-Cola Co. are making more of an effort to ensure that outside vendors are living up to promises around diversity and inclusion. However, smaller in-house teams may still be in the nascent stages of that endeavor as they attempt to extract the necessary data from existing partners while also seeking out new, minority-owned legal providers whose services align with their business needs.
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