The Retention Committee unveiled a new series, Champions’ Roundtable. At the Roundtable, attorneys who champion diversity in their organization will discuss D/I issues, and create solutions and action plans for these issues.
The first in this series was “Beyond the Numbers,” a program facilitated by Naomi Baez Amos, assistant general counsel with Molson Coors Brewing Company and Maritza Dominguez Braswell, deputy attorney general with Colorado Attorney General's Office. Beyond the Numbers was held at Ballard Spahr’s Denver office on Wednesday, April 17th.
With the 17 attending in-house counsel and law firm attorneys, the two led discussions on belonging, empowerment and combatting biases. A practical takeaway shared was the “Diversity College.” One firm’s client volunteered to tutor young diverse attorneys on issues related to their industry, to increase their knowledge and interest (and ultimately their book of business). This innovative program will help address the concern of not having enough diverse attorneys who have the knowledge to work for clients in a particular industry.
Baez Amos and Dominguez Braswell will follow up with a second program, where they will discuss the ABA Model Diversity Survey and explore ways to provide additional data, narratives and context. If you are a Diversity Champion and would like to receive information about upcoming programming, please contact Abe Kaul (303.313.6860; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Karen H Hester, JD, LLM in Taxation
Chief Executive Officer
Center for Legal Inclusiveness