The Director’s Desk

Volume 38 Number 4


About the Author

Pamela McDevitt is Director of the ABA Law Practice Management Section in Chicago.

Diversity v. Inclusiveness

Law Practice Magazine | July/August 2012 | The Law Firm Profitability IssueThe Law Practice Management Section has developed a timely and thought-provoking program that promises to enlighten, surprise and inspire all who attend. The Diversity and Inclusion Workshop: The New Look of Law Practice Management will be presented on July 12 and 13, 2012, at The Drake Hotel in Chicago.

The topics will address some of the most important issues regarding diversity and inclusion in today’s practice of law. Firms are often able to attract and recruit attorneys from a wide variety of races, backgrounds and cultures. However, the true hallmark of diversity is inclusion—what happens after those diverse candidates get in the door? This program clarifies the distinctions between diversity and inclusion.

Inclusiveness is more extensive than traditional diversity efforts and helps organizations sustain long-term diversity goals by creating workplaces conducive to the success and career stability of diverse attorneys.

Among the speakers are Joe West, president and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Arin N. Reeves, author of The Next IQ: The Next Level of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, and many other diversity and inclusion experts.

LPM believes that law firm managers, regardless of firm size, ignore diversity at their own peril. Diversity and inclusion are critical to a law firm’s success. The ABA and the LPM Section are committed to improving diversity and inclusion within the profession.

The LPM Diversity Committee conducted research into what other entities and experts are doing and determined we can best serve our members by functioning as a portal for resources, now and in the future. There is a wellspring of extremely valuable resources that can help law firms succeed in this vital area. The committee has consolidated these resources for member access at the new LPM Diversity Resource portal:

Contact me with your comments, additions and insights about this new portal. This website is a dynamic work in progress that will change as the field grows. LPM aims to be your primary source for information, resources and connections that can help your firm.


In early April, LPM took on a new and exciting role as manager of the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC). Established more than 20 years ago, the LTRC is a benefit for all ABA members and exists to help members optimize technology in their law practices.

LPM welcomes Joshua Poje as its LTRC manager. He has been with the LTRC for five years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. We are very fortunate to have Josh on board and warmly welcome him. Please contact him with your questions regarding the LTRC and what it offers:


ABA TECHSHOW 2012 was a great success. The exposition hall sold out, and attendance was higher than it has been for several years. Some of the highlights included:

  • Keynote speaker Ben Stein addressing a packed house about the economics of the legal profession.
  • CLE on topics such as iPads, iPhones, data protection, cloud computing and more.

The conference has garnered a national reputation as the premier legal technology education platform, and recent efforts exceeded even the highest expectations. Thanks to the ABA 2012 TECHSHOW Board members for all of their hard work.


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