There’s growing conventional wisdom that a more diverse and inclusive workforce is critical to the growth and success of an organization, and the legal profession is certainly no exception. In law firms and in corporate legal departments, leaders often look to diversity initiatives as a tool to help them retain employees and gain clients in a competitive industry. Yet while there is general agreement among legal professionals that promoting diversity and inclusion is not just “the right thing to do” but also a sound growth strategy, the results of our survey suggest that they may doubt whether their own firms or departments are up to the task. The following survey results also reveal a lack of alignment between law firm attorneys and corporate attorneys on the perceived importance of diversity and inclusion in law firms. But despite these challenges, survey respondents also provided strategic insight on best practices to get diversity and inclusion efforts up and running.
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