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May 16, 2022 Leadership Publications and Writings

Leading Diversity & Inclusion

Listed items come from both within and outside the ABA.

March 2023

  • Creating an Inclusive Practice – or Conference Session
    By Sameena Safdar
    Discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion in law firms and how to create more inclusive workplaces that will better connect with and serve their more diverse audiences. The author provides four steps to creating an inclusive conference session that will also help prepare your law practice for the future.

February 2023

January 2023

  • Leading With An Eye On Diversity
    By Ben Grimes
    Law firms can improve their leadership and management practices to create a culture that supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).
  • Servant Leadership For Lawyers
    By Alan Kleven
    Discusses the concept of servant leadership and how it can be applied to law practice. The author emphasizes the importance of building a team culture that promotes individual success and growth while also serving the greater good.

October 2022

  • Equity for People with Disabilities in the Age of Telework
    By Geoffrey T. Witherspoon, ii, Tracey J. Coates, and Eva N. Juncker
    If we are to protect the interests of people with disabilities, we must continue to ride the wave that sparked an uprise in their participation in the global economy.

August 2022

  • Women in Law Firm Leadership Are Changing The Profession
    By Nick Gaffney
    Women are increasingly involved in managing law firms and changing the way they operate. In this roundtable discussion, three female law firm executives discuss their leadership styles, careers, and gender equality in the profession.
  • Meet the Managing Partner: Catherine Pyune McEldowney
    By Sharen L. Nocella
    Catherine Pyune McEldowney was appointed as the managing shareholder, president, and executive committee chair of Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC. She is the first woman and first Korean American attorney to helm the firm.

October 2022

  • The Amazing Power of Employee Resource Groups
    By Patricia Davison Lewis and Tracey Simmons Fisher
    Discusses the growing popularity of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in the workforce and how they can support, engage and empower historically marginalized groups. The authors also provide insights on how to start an ERG and the benefits of having one in a company.

January 2022

  • DEI Benchmarks: What You Need to Know Now
    By Silvia Hodges Silverstein
    Diversity continues to be a hot topic in our industry. More and more, corporate legal departments regularly select firms that embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

September 2021

March 2021

  • The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity
    By Dr. Artika R. Tyner
    The Inclusive Leader provides a framework for building the leadership competencies rooted in the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. What is inclusive leadership? How can you take practical steps to pursue justice and equity in your practice and in organizations in which you have a leadership role? As you embark on a learning journey within each of these stages, you are making a commitment to serve as a leader who will make a difference in the world. This book will give you the tools to reimagine yourself as an innovator, builder, and change agent.


September 2020

August 2020

September 2019

  • Back to Basics
    By Judith H. Katz & Frederick A. Miller
    Tips for leaders who want to create higher performing, more inclusive organizations

March 2019

July 2018

July 2017

August 2017

  • Lawyers as Managers: How to Be a Champion for Your Firm and Employees
    By Andrew N. Elowitt and Marcia Watson Wasserman
    Today more than ever, all members of a law firm must work together as a team for the benefit of clients. Coordinating and getting the most out of everyone's contributions is the responsibility of a firm's managers. Helping you accelerate your growth as a manager of lawyers and legal professionals, this is a comprehensive and practical guide that includes the checklists, charts, and resources attorneys and managers need to lead thriving and resilient firms.

October 2016

  • Women and Leadership
    By Deborah L. Rhode
    For most of recorded history, men have held nearly all the most powerful leadership positions. Today, although women occupy an increasing percentage of leadership positions, in America they hold less than a fifth of positions in both the public and private sectors. The United States ranks 78th in the world for women's representation in political office. In politics, although women constitute a majority of the electorate, they account for only 18 percent of Congress, 10 percent of governors, and 12 percent of mayors of the nation's 100 largest cities. In academia, women account for a majority of college graduates, but only about a quarter of full professors and university presidents. In law, women are almost half of law school graduates, but only 17 percent of the equity partners of major firms, and 22 percent of Fortune 500 general counsels. In business, women constitute a third of MBA graduates, but only 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.

September 2015

  • The Lawyer as Leader
    By Dr. Artika R. Tyner
    The Lawyer as Leader: How to Plant People and Grow Justice is an inspiring roadmap designed to help lawyers become effective agents for social change. Based on author Dr. Artika R. Tyner's leadership development and community engagement work, Planting People, Growing Justice™, the book shows how attorneys can use their legal skills to work for social change, contribute to communities that foster social justice, and empower and develop new leaders. The Lawyer as Leader is beacon call for lawyers who wish to harness their skills and training to become leaders in the struggle for social and economic justice.

July 2013

  • Learning to Lead: What Really Works for Women in Law
    By Gindi Eckel Vinvent and Mary Bailey Cranston
    One of the Commission on Women's highest priorities throughout the years has been to provide women lawyers with the information and tools they need to advance into leadership positions in all areas within the law. Learning to Lead provides a concise road map of the latest collective wisdom on leadership and applies those principles to women lawyers. It also features interviews with 11 women legal leaders who share their lessons learned and tips for success.