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Most people would agree that it is natural to find comfort from cultural familiarity and that there is nothing inherently bad or wrong with that. But what if the unintended consequence is the systematic exclusion of those with whom we don’t comfortably identify? Throw in the fact that certain institutions — like law firms and their cultures — have developed and prospered not because of, but most likely despite, this phenomenon, and we find ourselves in quite the pickle in this enlightened era of law firm diversity and inclusion. I have to admit that if I were managing a large law firm today, I’d be very tempted to ask myself and my partners, "How do we fit ‘them’ in without messing ‘us’ up?"

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