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ABA LPM Section Addresses Firm Management’s Role.
Pursuing a Vital EnterpriseThe ABA Law Practice Management Section recognizes the importance of this inclusionary component of the management process and sees how, as a non-practice-specific Section, it is uniquely positioned to be a resource and a champion of the values of diversity, with both stability and longevity, to different entities. That is why the LPM Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity was created—with the mission of institutionalizing the business, ethical, and cultural value associated with diversity in the legal workplace, the LPM Section and the ABA. The committee has two primary goals:
1. Raising the profile of diversity as an imperative within the LPM Section and the profession; and2. Creating a formalized and institutionalized outreach to diversity entities within and external to the ABA.In this regard, the committee has already undertaken several initiatives. For one, it partnered with KM Advisors and provided an interactive program during LPM’s Fall 2007 Meeting in Puerto Rico that allowed participants the chance to learn, share, and experience diversity, inclusion and leadership strategies for the 21st century. The committee also held panel discussions with corporate counsel and law firm partners on diversity and inclusion at the ABA 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco and at LPM’s annual marketing conference last November.Looking forward, the committee has an ambitious agenda for expanding its work, including continuing its partnering efforts with various ABA entities to highlight diversity issues; developing more structured relationships with minority bars; and establishing an award that calls attention to and rewards diversity initiatives and processes in the legal workplace.To learn more about the committee, please visit our website.
Joan R. M. Bullock is Professor of Law at Florida A&M University College of Law and is Co-Chair, with Martha Fay Africa, of the ABA LPM Section’s Management Core Group Standing Committee on Diversity.