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2013 Conference of the Research Group on Legal Diversity

June 17, 2013, ABF news

On May 10 and 11, 2013 the ABF brought scholars and practitioners together for the second annual conference of the Research Group on Legal Diversity, organized around the theme of “Pursuing Diverse Talent.” Over 100 top-flight scholars, judges, public interest lawyers, corporate general counsel, law firm partners, diversity officers and consultants, and bar association executives from across the country participated. 

Conference participants presented new findings on the barriers that women, people of color, people with disabilities, and persons from the LGBTQ community find in practice and before the law, and offered solutions to these problems.

Some suggested approaches were to broaden the definition of credentials; to link careers to new opportunities presented by globalization; to encourage traditionally unrepresented groups to develop new clients rather than rely on inheriting business from senior partners; and to develop new techniques for mentoring and coaching historically disadvantaged groups.

The 2013 conference put the latest research directly into the hands of practitioners who are charged with making diversity and equal justice a reality in their organizations and communities. Click here for more information about how you can support the ABF’s efforts to promote diversity in the legal profession.


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