A History of Silence: Race and Inequality in the Practice of Law

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The Thomson Reuters Institute’s Law Firm COO & CFO Forum is the premier gathering of eponymous title holders, executive brethren, and esteemed industry partners for three days of peer-driven conversation on the business of law.  Each year, our content offers concise, pithy, and compelling insights for law firm leaders at both large and small organizations.  The following presentation occurred during Day Three of our annual meeting.

George Floyd’s death at the hands of police brought to the fore deeply rooted tensions surrounding racism and racial inequality in the US judicial system and broader society. In response to the killing, many legal service providers offered powerful messages denouncing racial inequality and vowing change amidst a sea of public protests. And yet, even as well-intentioned platitudes made their way across the media, the actions of a profession long plagued by its lack of diverse talent struck many as disingenuous or hypocritical. The Legal Executive Institute is pleased to present a closing keynote on the state of racial diversity and inclusion in law firms today. Our presenters will offer important guidance on historical lessons learned and pathways forward for law firms to improve upon a history of diverse underrepresentation.

Moderators:
Carlos PaulingExecutive Director, Partner Practice Group, Major, Lindsey & Africa
Dustin LawsManaging Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Panelists:
Jared F. BartiePartner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Nina GodiwallaUS Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
Alison NelsonManaging Counsel, Franchise, Facilities, Insurance Defense and Health/ SafetyFord Motor Co.

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