July 22, 2019 Spotlight on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: An Interview with Paulette Brown, ABA President 2015–2016

eReport: Past President Brown, let me first begin by saying thank you for taking time for this interview. The upcoming July/August 2019 issue of GPSolo magazine is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and I wanted to talk with you about that topic. First, let’s talk about your background. Currently and for many years, you have been in a Big Law setting, but you have not always been in that setting. Could you share with our readers your experience in the solo/small firm setting?

Brown: Thank you for this opportunity. No, I have not always been in Big Law. I started my legal career in-house and remained there in various positions for eight years. I then had my own firm for 15 years. During that time, we had as many as 14 lawyers, and we were an MWOLF [Minority and Women-Owned Law Firm]. Owning my firm was an extremely rewarding experience.

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