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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Best Practices in Implementing Law Firm Diversity Programs

An article by Karen Asner in today's addresses
Best Practices in Implementing Law Firm Diversity
Programs. In the article, Asner urges law firms to
movement beyond discussing and defining the problem
to crafting a practical plan.

She recommends that firms begin by drafting a diversity
mission statement "that identifies what the firm values,
so initiatives and resources can be directed toward agreed-
upon goals" and implementing a voluntary self-identification
survey to establish uniform definitions.

Asner goes on to address the issues of providing adequate
resources to promote and develop a culture of diversity
in the workplace.