Human Resources

Women Are Not Convinced By Law Firms’ Statements Of Commitment To Diversity

If you’re interested in improving gender equality at your law firm, check out both of these studies. “I’m going to compel him to include women in the sequel!” — Angelica, Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda)  This week, McKinsey & Co. published a new study titled, Women in Law Firms. This study is part of McKinsey’s and LeanIn.Org’s broader Women in the Workplace 2017 research. In…keep reading

Bar Report Details Lag in Pay and Partnerships for Women, Minorities

The New York City Bar Association’s latest diversity bench marking report showed sluggish progress alongside a few notable gains, including women and minorities in leadership positions. More women and minority lawyers are sitting on management committees at the largest law firms, but diversity progress remains frustratingly slow in the path to partnership and among the lawyers who…keep reading

‘Angry Black Women’ Comment Gets Lawyer Disciplined, Again

A Michigan lawyer who’s also a local radio personality has been reprimanded for telling an officer during a hearing that she had “angry black women’s syndrome.” Cliff Woodards, 55, engaged in “discourteous conduct” during a probation hearing in Wayne County Circuit Court, the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board found. Woodards, who is African American, also said to the…keep reading

Coming “Out” in Numbers

Even in 2017, when same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide for two years, some LGBT lawyers still don’t feel comfortable enough to be “out” at work. Even in 2017, when same-sex marriage has been legal nationwide for two years, some LGBT lawyers still don’t feel comfortable enough to be “out” at work. That’s something that…keep reading

Yes, It’s News When Big Law Elects a Black Leader

Ellisen Turner. Irell & Manella has a new managing partner: Ellisen Turner. When I first read that news, I thought ho-hum. Another man for the top job. But then I glanced down at the page and saw Turner’s photo, and my reaction was: Wow. He’s African-American! Anyone who pretends that she didn’t react the way I…keep reading