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The Struggle to Create Authentic Diversity & Inclusion Cultures and How to Re-engineer for Results | The Recorder – Law.com

Brenda Pontiff, Senior Marketer Liaison for the Legal Marketing Association’s Los Angeles.Steering Committee. (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

Law firms have much to gain by recruiting and retaining diverse talent. It is not only morally and culturally appropriate to do so, it also impacts the bottom line. Diverse professional services teams are sought after by important clients and have been proven to deliver exceptional results. In response, most firms have expressed a strong desire to change. Good firms hire implicit bias training facilitators. They provide internal mentors to nurture new legal talent. They appoint a partner or a committee of lawyers to oversee progress. So why is the legal industry still woefully behind in its ability to retain and promote a broad array of talent, particularly lawyers of color?

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