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Title: Maturing Diversity Initiatives


1
Maturing Diversity Initiatives
2
What we will cover
  • Legal Framework for Diversity
  • Business Case for Diversity
  • Diversity Trends and the Business Impact
  • Nixon Peabodys Diversity Challenge

3
Legal Framework for Diversity
4
Affirmative Action Plans
  • Race-conscious action or decision may be
    permitted if done pursuant to a valid affirmative
    action plan
  • Long-standing manifest imbalance between racial
    groups
  • Action or decision does not trammel the rights of
    others (non-beneficiaries)
  • Program as a reasonable termination point

5
2003 U.S. Supreme Court Case Grutter v.
Bollinger
  • Grutter upheld the University of Michigan Law
    School admission process
  • Race as a plus to be considered together with
    other factors in the admission process.

6
Grutter v. Bollinger
  • 65 of Americas largest businesses filed a joint
    amicus brief supporting the law schools
    race-plus policy.
  • According to these businesses
  • The existence of racial and ethnic diversity in
    institutions of higher education is vital to
    our efforts to hire and maintain a diverse
    workforce . . . and such a workforce is
    important to our continued success in the
    global marketplace.

7
Grutter v. Bollinger
  • Signatories included Xerox, General Electric,
    Eastman Kodak, Lockheed Martin, John Hancock
    Financial Services, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Motors,
    Pfizer, The Boeing Company, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo

8
Business Case for Diversity
9
Diversity Defined in the U.S.
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Expression/ Identity
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Ethnicity
  • Multiculturalism

10
Why Should We Care About Diversity?
  • The gay market segment is the fastest growing
    segment in the U.S.
  • By 2010 nearly 50 of the total U.S. workforce
    will be comprised of women and people of color.
  • By 2042, nearly a half of the total U.S.
    population will be people of color.

11
Why Should We Care About Diversity?
  • Women-owned businesses are almost one-third of
    all businesses in the United States.
  • The number of people employed with severe
    disabilities has quadrupled in the past twenty
    years.
  • Less than one-third of U.S employers offer
    benefits for same-sex or opposite-sex domestic
    partners.

12
Diversity Trends and the Business Impact
13
Minority and Women General Counsel at Fortune 500
Companies in the U.S.
14
Impact on Business
  • 1999 Diversity in the Workplace Statement of
    Principle
  • Endorsed by general counsel of 250 U.S.
    businesses
  • significant weight will be given to a firms
    commitment and progress in the area of diversity
    in the selection of outside counsel

15
Impact on Business
  • 2004 Call to Action
  • Endorsed by more than 100 general counsel of
    major corporations
  • Advances diversity using the economics of outside
    counsel selection decisions
  • intend to end or limit our relationships with
    firms whose performance consistently evidences a
    lack of meaningful interest in being diverse

16
Signatories to Diversity Pledges
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Clients Asking About Our Diversity Effort
Boston Housing Authority
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Clients Asking About Our Diversity Efforts
  • Consolidation of outside counsel
  • Request for proposals
  • Diversity surveys
  • Electronic billing
  • Client relationships
  • Financial incentives

19
  • Nixon Peabodys
  • Diversity Challenge

20
Diversity Challenge
  • Focus on diversity
  • Management Committee
  • Departments
  • Practice Groups
  • Individual attorney
  • Major Initiatives
  • Recruiting
  • Training
  • Retention
  • Promotion
  • Business development
  • Community involvement

21
Diversity Challenge
  • Management Involvement
  • Report progress to management
  • Monitor progress toward goals
  • Lead by example

22
Diversity Challenge
  • Department Involvement
  • Assign mentors
  • Recruit diverse attorneys
  • Succession planning

23
Diversity Challenge
  • Practice Group Involvement
  • Track assignments
  • Mentor, train and coach
  • Provide opportunities
  • Client exposure / pitches
  • Financial support for development activities
  • Assignment of appropriate projects

24
Diversity Challenge
  • Individual Involvement
  • 40 hour annual challenge
  • Attend a diversity event
  • Mentor a diverse attorney
  • Train a diverse attorney
  • Participate in a firm-sponsored diversity
    initiative

25
  • They always say time changes things, but you
    actually have to change them yourself.
  • Andy Warhol

26
Thank You
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