executive Summary

Executive Summary of the Manual

Beyond Diversity: Inclusiveness in the Legal Workplace

Introduction
  • Learn why inclusiveness is the key to the diversity dilemma in the legal profession
  • Understand the difference between diversity and inclusiveness and why traditional diversity efforts in the legal profession have failed
  • Assess the level of inclusiveness of your organization and what steps are needed to make further progress
  • Learn about the current state of diversity in the legal profession and how the diversity crisis will continue to get worse
  • Find out about other sectors and industries that have embraced the new paradigm of inclusiveness
  • View the executive summary of our robust toolkit for retaining female and diverse attorneys below and a description of all contents lower on this page.

Step 1: Laying the Internal Foundation
  • Step up your diversity efforts with an inclusiveness initiative
  • Help leaders change the status quo
  • Learn practical ways to engage white men
  • Discover the strategic considerations in forming an inclusiveness committee as opposed to a traditional diversity committee
  • Identify ways to avoid apathy and inertia, which can kill any initiative before it begin


Step 2: Creating an External Support System
  • Find external partners who can provide compelling accountability
  • Expand your resources and knowledge with consultants and trainers
  • Strengthen ties to outside organizations
Step 3: Integrating Inclusiveness Within Your Organization
  • Know why diversity and inclusiveness are important
  • Examine your organizational culture
  • Learn why attrition rates for diverse attorneys higher
  • Identify ways hidden barriers operate to marginalize diverse attorneys
  • Create methods to remove those hidden barriers
  • Understand what training will work
  • Start diversity dialogues
  • Combat diversity fatigue
Step 4: Integrating Inclusiveness into External Relationships
  • Learn how your organization should present itself with respect to diversity and inclusiveness on the web and with clients
  • Integrate inclusiveness into your organization’s marketing, recruiting, hiring, and community involvement
Step 5: Implementation
  • Learn how to create an effective inclusiveness action plan for your organization
  • Implement accountability measures that will sustain the initiative
  • Measure the success of the goals you set
  • Evaluate progress against the AIM for Excellence benchmarks


Step 6: Collective Effort and Success: The Inclusiveness Network
  • Shorten your learning curve by following the examples of legal organizations engaged in inclusiveness initiatives (preview case studies here)
  • Join with others engaged in this work to share experiences – challenges as well as successes
  • Inclusive Excellence in Law Schools
  • Law schools are workplaces that can become more inclusive. Inclusiveness should be embedded in curriculum, admissions, alumni relations, clinical programs, faculty, career development, and student programming to advance learning.


Appendices
  • Exercises for hands-on analysis and learning
  • Comprehensive composite lists of best practices
  • New model for inclusive excellence in recruiting
  • Sample surveys
  • Sample inclusiveness action plans
  • Comprehensive list of resources
 

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