IN MY ROLE AS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED
in the discussion about the absolute need for more gender, ethnic and
racial diversity in the legal profession.
We all know championing diversity is the right thing to do, but it
has also been proven to be good for the bottom line. With the diversity
of people, thought, and experience comes better innovation and, in
In-house counsel are really leading the cause with the demand of
diverse outside counsel teams. By using both a carrot and a stick, they
are making real change and moving the needle.
But although we are making strides in diversity growth in the
legal profession, it tends to be in lower-level positions. And this is
There have been a decades of diversity efforts, and studies have
shown time and time again that diversity is good for business, yet
gender and diversity in partnership, equity partnership and corporate
leadership positions remain low. And it is this lack of diversity at the
top that has a direct relationship in the lack of diversity throughout
With all that said, and although the numbers are still not where they
should be, I do see so many amazing people doing amazing things to
try to move the needle forward.
Our cover feature shows just a few of those amazing lawyers. Lawyers that in different ways, with different organizations, in different
parts of the profession and the world, are standing up to bolster diversity and inclusion. What bring them together is that they all have one
goal: moving that diversity needle on a global scale.
This issue is to highlight to the continued fight for equality by
keeping the discussion going and showcasing the people really trying
to make a difference.
Maybe one day it will not need the spotlight or the coverage—we
will just be there. Until then, we will make sure it is getting the coverage and priority it deserves.