There's an interesting, angry discussion at the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. It seems that some large corporations (examples given -- Walmart and Safeco) are demanding that their outside law firms do better at diversifying their staff of attorneys. The article has generated a storm of responses.
How does celebrating diversity translate into hiring policies? Does diversity of staff increase a firm's collective competence?
I think it does -- given that everyone hired has a baseline competence. A staff that brings a diverse range of experience and perspectives will provide better services -- but only if the organization's leadership makes it safe and welcoming for individuals to share their perspectives. What do you think?
Law Blog - WSJ.com : Clients Demand Diversity at Law Firms: "Clients Demand Diversity at Law Firms
Posted by Peter Lattman
The legal departments of Corporate America continue to pressure their outside law firms to diversify — or else. A Recorder story focuses on Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, the subject of an American Lawyer story last year about its struggles with diversity. At the time, Gibson had five minorities among its 256 partners; by mid-January it should have 10." [more]Photo by Justin Hall