May 10, 2013 Articles

The Business Case for Launching an Affinity Group

By Amie E. Needham

af·fin·i·ty:

A spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something.
A similarity of characteristics suggesting a relationship, esp. a resemblance in structure between animals, plants, or languages.

We all gravitate toward "like" things. It only makes sense that we would look for that in our work lives as well. As lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) attorneys, it's likely that we haven't all felt the warm embrace of a gay or lesbian senior partner, welcoming us into "the club" in a way that we envisioned law firm life happening. Let's face it, though—law firm life rarely happens the way we think it will happen, and it certainly doesn't happen the way it does on television.

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