Mentoring Diverse Attorneys

By: Karen H. Hester, NALP (National Association for Law Placement, Inc) Bulletin, Dec, 2016,

Attrition of attorneys is a concern, and for diverse attorneys, it’s even more troubling.  According to NALP’s 2015 Update on Associate Attrition, the average attrition rate for all attorneys within five years of their hiring is 65% and 78% for entry-level and lateral attorneys, respectively.

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CLI Announces New Board Members

The board has changed leadership with "Skip" George W. Gray, III, Assistant City Attorney, Denver City Attorney's Office serving as Chair, Lisa Mickley, Member, Hall & Evans, LLC as Chair-Elect and Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP as Chair Emeritus.

In addition, the board elected two new members: Patrick O'Rourke, Vice President, University Counsel, University of Colorado and Secretary of the Board of Regents and Danielle T. Felder, Associate, Rollin Braswell Fisher, LLC.

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Examining the leaky pipeline

By Karen Hester, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 12-1-16

Women leave the legal profession at higher rates than men for a variety of reasons, sometimes within their control and other times not. We will be best equipped to address these leaks in the pipeline if employers develop an understanding of what employees mean by success.

A survey I conducted with Misae Nishikura in 2014 of underrepresented attorneys asked for their definition of success. Determining the criteria for success may help reduce attrition of underrepresented groups, including women.  If employers know the common goals of success that attorneys are striving towards, and employees can better articulate what they want out of their personal and professional lives, legal workplaces may better meet the needs of their employees. In theory, this will increase attorneys’ satisfaction with their employment situation and ultimately increase retention rates — both of which are important to employers’ bottom lines.

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A first generation student launches into immigration law

“I don’t think I would’ve made it through the summer without this [scholarship],” said Andres Murguia.

In May, Murguia graduated from the University of Colorado Law School where he was Class of 2016 President. He received CLI’s Bar Exam Scholarship which helped him take the bar exam in July.

“I’m really thankful for this opportunity,” he said. His law professor SuSaNi Harris, a board member of CLI, recommended he apply for the scholarship.

 

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Ericka Englert wins Ipad for Survey participation

Diverse attorneys in Colorado were asked to participate in CLI's 2016 survey compiling data on the state of diversity and inclusiveness in the Colorado legal community. For purposes of this survey, diverse attorneys are those underrepresented in any level of the legal profession (i.e., women, racially/ethnically diverse, LGBTQ, etc). 

Sarah Wallace – chair of CLI’s retention committee, partner at Ballard Spahr  presented an Ipad to winner Ericka Englert, Counsel with Davis Graham & Stubbs for her participation in our Diverse Attorneys Survey.

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CLI Scholarship Recipient Passes CO Bar Exam

In July, 801 legal professionals showed up to take the Colorado Bar Exam; earlier this month 583 of them found out they had passed. One of the 73% who passed was Mercedes Pineda, a young woman who received our Minority Living Expenses Scholarship earlier this year.

Pineda received her BS in Labor and Industrial Relations from Cornell University in 2010. While considering whether she wanted to attend law school, she worked as a Legal Assistant at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. Then in 2013, she “took that leap.”

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