Is the Legal Industry Falling Fundamentally Short on Engaging Men on the Topic of Women’s Professional Development?

Topics: Corporate Legal, Diversity, Law Firms, Talent Development, Thomson Reuters, Women’s Leadership Blog Posts

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When Thomson Reuters embarked on its journey this year to launch the Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law initiative, the goal was to shift the conversation away from what women can do and put the onus on what in-house counsel and law firms can do to break down the barriers that exist for women’s professional development in the legal industry.

That focus on a leadership perspective falls undoubtedly upon men. Men sit in the majority of leadership positions and dictate seniority and the overall culture of their law firms or corporate legal departments. But endless discussions on the business case application and millions of dollars spent on diversity & inclusion activities and still we see close to zero change for women at the top. Why is that? Is there a secret to engaging or educating men on this topic that the legal industry is falling fundamentally short on?

On November 17, Thomson Reuters & Morgan Lewis & Bockius will be co-hosting a conversation, Engaging Male Champions in the Legal Industry, moderated by Michael Chamberlain, Vice President of Global Marketing at the Catalyst Group.


Endless discussions on the business case application and millions of dollars spent on diversity & inclusion activities and still we see close to zero change for women at the top. Why is that?


The event will look to hear from an esteemed number of male panelists who will help us tackle and dissect this topic through their own personal stories. Panelists include Gregory Jordan, the General Counsel of PNC Financial Services Group, who spent a chunk of his career on the other side of the industry at Reed Smith as Global Managing Partner; Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel at Wal-Mart Stores; Steven Browne, Managing Partner for Client Service at Morgan Lewis, and others.

The event also will focus on practical tidbits that can be implemented at your organization and highlight ways in which every individual can contribute to setting a more equitable and inclusive tone in the working environment.

The Catalyst Group could not be a more perfect partner to moderate the discussion. The non-profit has a dedicated platform “Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives” that establishes the critical role men have to play in this area and offers advice to change agents on effective ways to partner with men in ending gender inequalities. As a supplement to the content you will hear at the event, please check out Catalyst’s recent report: Engaging Men in Gender Initiatives What Change Agents Need to Know.

We hope to see you on November 17 for a peek inside the thinking and support of valued men from across the legal industry on this topic.