Diversity Lab programme sees 20 US law firms named ‘inclusion champions’

Diversity Lab programme sees 20 US law firms named ‘inclusion champions’

Twenty US law firms including Reed Smith and White & Case have been named ‘inclusion champions’ by incubator Diversity Lab for their efforts to improve diversity and inclusion (D&I) at the leadership and practice group levels. 
In order to be recognised as an ‘inclusion champion’, firms participating in Diversity Lab’s 2021 Inclusion Blueprint were required to achieve a score of at least 70 out of 100 across four areas, namely current diversity representation based on average or above-average thresholds, year-over-year diversity representation progress, diversity representation tracking and meaningful inclusion practices and activities. 
Other firms to be named champions this year included Cooley, Eversheds Sutherland, Jenner & Block, Morgan Lewis, Steptoe & Johnson and WilmerHale.
Diversity Lab launched the Inclusion Blueprint in 2018 in collaboration with ChIPs, a non-profit that works to advance women in tech, law and policy, and has since run it annually. It is intended to provide firm management with a roadmap of inclusion practices to employ and track to ensure their underrepresented lawyers benefit from equal opportunities.
This year, the Inclusion Blueprint’s target thresholds were 30% women lawyers, 15% underrepresented racial and ethnic (URE) lawyers, 5% lawyers with disabilities and 5% LGBTQ+ lawyers. These targets weighed against an average of 22% women lawyers, 10% URE lawyers, 2% LGBTQ+ lawyers and 0.5% lawyers with disabilities. 

Diversity Lab programme sees 20 US law firms named ‘inclusive champions’.


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