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Top Lawyers to Consider Diversity Initiatives at Upcoming Summit

Posted Mar 21, 2008 12:12 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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More than 100 general counsel and law firm managing partners plan to focus on specifics when they meet next month in Arizona on improving diversity in the profession.

The conference, the Call to Action Summit, will be the second major national meeting designed to prod the profession to increase hiring of women and minorities, the National Law Journal reports. The first was held about a decade ago and was sponsored by the ABA.

“The goal is to have a collaborative discussion between the general counsels and the managing partners about what we can do to move the needle on this issue," said Roderick Palmore, the general counsel and executive vice president at General Mills.

Palmore drafted a “Call to Action” letter in 2004 that calls on general counsel to pledge to give more business to diverse firms and freeze out firms that aren’t making progress, the ABA Journal reported in March 2005.

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