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June 2008 Issue | Volume 34 Number 4
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Building the Bridge to Inclusion: The Work of Law Firm Leaders

Diversity is everywhere, and unavoidable, in our culture. So who will teach us how to thrive by embracing it in our law firms? Enter the inclusive leader.

By Martha Fay Africa


Diversity Managers: Crafting Opportunities to Transform Law Firms

Here’s how a new brand of professionals is helping the legal profession look more like client organizations and the talent pool—and the larger world.

By Steven T. Taylor


Law Practice Roundtable: The New Calculus of Inclusion

Corporate counsel Stephen T. Gannon, Marc E. Manly and Janice Innis-Thompson join managing partners Robert M. Granatstein, David P. Hackett and Gary D. LeClair to discuss their firms’ progress in advancing diversity.

Moderated by Karen MacKay


Diversity Matters

The ABA LPM Section’s Standing Committee on Diversity addresses firm management’s role.

By Joan R. M. Bullock


Achieving Sustainable Diversity: Colorado’s Approach to the Diversity Dilemma

Clients are demanding greater diversity, minority associate attrition rates are climbing, and fewer minorities are entering law school. Some say dramatic change is needed, and Colorado’s legal community is taking up the challenge.

By Kathleen B. Nalty
  • Student Teachers . The millennial generation speaks out on diversity.
  • Flawed Tradition. Wal-Mart counsel Miguel Rivera’s remarks focus on challenging the law firm business model.
  • Resources . Organizations offer resources to assist in diversity efforts.

Look in the Mirror: Is Your Diversity Program Really Making a Difference?

Despite the activity and publicity centered on diversity, the participation of minorities in the senior levels of law firms still lags. All the while, firms keep going to extreme efforts to show the investment they have in structured diversity programs. Why the difference between efforts and results?

By Roland Dumas


Product Watch

Technology Directory

Noteworthy products from ABA TECHSHOW® expo aisles.

By Nerino J. Petro, Jr.


Tips & Tricks

Prettier PowerPoints: How to Stand Out from the Crowd

Here’s what you need to know to add some color and variety to your slides with clip art and photos.

By Dan Pinnington


Hot Buttons

The Power of Electronic Evidence: A New Player in an Age-Old Tale

Electronic bank records, wiretaps, MySpace pages—how technology was at the core of Eliot Spitzer’s fall.

By Sharon Nelson and John Simek




Dollars to Dinars: Billing and Collecting in a Global Market

Issues to consider in getting paid for offshore work.

By David Bilinsky and Laura Calloway



How Diversity Can Play a Role in Your Firm’s Business Development

Efforts to build a diverse law firm can offer distinct advantages in attracting and retaining clients.

By Sally J. Schmidt



Handling Hiring Interviews: An Overview of Best Practices

Tips to ensure you are attracting—not repelling—the people you want.

By Marcia Pennington Shannon


First Person

Look in the Mirror: Is Your Diversity Program Really Making a Difference?

With all the external pressure to look good publicly, one might ask privately if we are really doing the right kinds of things.

By Roland Dumas


On the Cover

Paula Torke (photo by Kathleen Lavine), Robert Lalley (photo by Michael Schmitt) and Cynthia Bauer (photo by Jordan Silverman Photography) participate in the Law Practice Case Study on page 39.