Diversity and Inclusion Resource Center

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Statement of Purpose

Legal marketers play an ever-growing role in driving and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives within law firms. To help legal marketers succeed in this important role, the LMA Diversity & Inclusion Committee has curated this resource center to give you one central place to access the most prominent, leading sources of information on diversity and inclusion within the legal industry.

The Committee will continue to add new resources to this center as they become available. If you know of additional resources you believe should be included in this guide, or if you would like to be listed as a trusted advisor, please let us know by contacting Emily Schmitt.

Disclaimer

The following information is meant to educate, inform and empower legal marketers. Inclusion of a resource within this guide is not necessarily an endorsement from LMA or the LMA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Unless where noted, LMA has no affiliation with the following resources.  

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Education

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Webinars

LMA Webinars, Book Clubs and Conference Recordings

Articles

Strategies+: Celebrating Pride, Pledging to Be an Ally
Strategies+: 10 Tools and Tips to Help Legal Marketers Advance Diversity and Inclusion
Strategies+: Trendspotting – Diversity and Inclusion

Community

LMA Diversity and Inclusion Shared Interest Group

EDUCATE YOUR TEAM

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Legal Industry Diversity and Inclusion Data/Metrics Initiatives

ABA Model Form 113

American Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission

American Lawyer Diversity Scorecard 

ChIPs Inclusion Blueprint Survey

CLOC Legal Department Diversity (2018 report)

HRC Best Places to Work

HRC Corporate Equality Index 

Law360 Diversity Survey (stems from Law360 400)

Mansfield Initiative

MCCA/Vault Law Firm Diversity Survey

NALP Directory

NAWL Survey 

Working Mother 

Recruiting & Hiring

HRC Corporate Quality Index

HRC Best Places to Work

10 Eye-opening Best Practice Strategies to Diversity Recruiting

Workplace Diversity Through Recruitment: A Step-by-Step Guide

Office Culture

Understanding Inclusion at the Workplace and Why It’s Important

What Should Inclusion Really Look Like In The Workplace?

Why Companies Need to Remember the “I” in D&I

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Speaker Database

Don't forget to utilize the LMA Speaker Database to identify subject matter experts.

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Best Practices & Authorities

INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL AFFINITY BAR ORGANIZATIONS:*

Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)

LGBT Bar

Minority In-House Counsel Association (MIHCA)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)

National Bar Association (NBA)

South Asian Bar Association of North American (SABA)

*Many of these organizations have sub-groups or chapters.

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ORGANIZATIONS WITH DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AS PRIMARY MISSION, PURPOSE OR FOCUS: 

ABA Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals (ALFDP)

Diversity & Flexibility Alliance

The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP)

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)

Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA)

Move The Needle Fund

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

Lambda Legal

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Diversity and Inclusion Consultants and Speakers

Sourced from the CMO SIG and compiled by Tara Marshall, this comprehensive document includes black-owned and black-led Diversity & Inclusion consultants and speakers. For specific information on the speakers on this list, please see the Diversity & Inclusion SIG discussion board.

Don't forget to utilize the LMA Speaker Database to identify subject matter experts. 

Anti-Racism Resources

EDUCATION

Resources

ABA Racial Equality and Justice System Website

Podcasts

Bryan Stevenson’s We Need To Talk About An Injustice

Marlon Peterson’s Am I Not Human?

New York Times 1916

Justice In America

Books

White Fragility

So You Want to Talk About Race

Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth

How to Be Anti-Racist

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America

Articles

Walking While Black

“What is White Supremacy?”

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?”

“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us”

How to Talk to Kids About Racial Injustice and Police Brutality

“The Death of George Floyd, In Context,”

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Movies/Shows

Remember The Titans

The Hate U Give

Just Mercy

Becoming (Netflix)

When They See Us (Netflix)

13th (Netflix)

All Day and a Night (Netflix)

Dear White People (Netflix)

What Happened Miss Simone? (Netflix)

Let It Fall

Green Book

Webinars

White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Cost of Inequality

Deconstructing White Privilege

MENTAL HEALTH / WELLNESS

Resources

Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM)

The Loveland Foundation

Therapy for Black Men

Dr. Ebony’s My Therapy Cards

LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory

Podcasts

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast

Melanin & Mental Health: Between Sessions Podcast

Articles

Free Online Healing & Grieving Group Sessions

How To Be An Ally in The Fight Against Racial Injustice and For Better Mental Health For All 

Downloadable Resource List from The Still Center's Denise Robinson

Access The Still Center's Anti-Racism Resources

SAMPLE ANTI-RACISM STATEMENTS

Sample 1

Racism, bigotry, and hate have no place in our society.  [Name of Firm] stands united with the Black community - our colleagues, clients, and community partners - in the fight to end systemic racism and social injustice.  We believe that inequitable treatment of our fellow human beings is unacceptable.  As one of the oldest law firms in Texas, our response demands that we listen, learn and work for equality.  [Name of Firm] condemns and denounces all acts of racism and prejudice.  We stand in solidarity and can only progress in unity.

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Diversity & Inclusion Special Interest Group (SIG)

Diversity & Inclusion SIG Leaders:

  • Rafeedah Keys, Senior Marketing Manager, Perkins Coie
  • Gia Altreche, Director of Business Development and Marketing, Newmeyer & Dillion

To contact the SIG leaders, email DiversityInclusion@legalmarketing.org.

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The Diversity & Inclusion SIG is a forum for those interested in building diverse and inclusive marketing and business development teams and empowering and equipping other LMA members to do so.

The statistics shared on this page are based on members of the D&I Committee's research of the 2019 Am Law 100 and 200 lists, using firm-reported data made publicly available via firm websites.