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’.