Tag: Legal

Why Diversity Matters at Prudential

By Richard E. Meade, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer – International, Prudential Financial, Inc. Prudential General Counsel Susan Blount has created a culture within the Law, Compliance, Business Ethics & External Affairs Department (LCBE) that makes commitment to diversity and inclusion in our department and in the legal profession a core value. LCBE actively… Read the full article

Diversity in The Legal World: Industry Slow To Adapt But Now Part Of The Discussion

By Regina Speed-Bost, Partner, Schiff Hardin, LLP ALTHOUGH THE AMERICAN legal system has directly addressed the barriers that exist for diverse workers, sadly the legal profession has been slow to adopt the very changes that laws we help shape are intended to bring. Yet, as with any profession, time and circumstance have changed the practice… Read the full article

Working to Improve Family and Medical Leave

By Lecia Johnson, Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn, SC In recent years, laws have been clarified and expanded to reflect the evolving family structures of employees. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which clarifies that family leave is available not only… Read the full article

Growing Desire for Diverse Mix of Lawyers

By William J. Snipes, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP THE COMMITMENT OF our clients to principles of diversity and inclusion has been instrumental in helping to change the status quo. For more than a decade, there has been a growing trend in the number of clients proactively seeking to ensure that a diverse mix of… Read the full article

Tides Beginning to Turn for Undocumented Illegals

By Evie Jeang, Managing Partner, Ideal Legal Group, Inc. Politics have played a large role in pushing immigration reform, however many people still don’t know the hard facts about immigration, making legitimate and longstanding reform more difficult to achieve. I regularly represent illegal immigrants seeking to gain U.S. citizenship, and know firsthand the complexities and… Read the full article

Female and Male Numbers in Law Still Unequal

By Stacy L. Douglas, Partner, Los Angeles, Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP The low percentage of women partners at American law firms is a much-discussed topic. Recent surveys conducted by The National Association of Women Lawyers and the National Law Journal report the percentage of women partners in the country’s largest law firms has… Read the full article

Diversity on Teams Renders Better Results

By Nicholas Even, Partner and Co-Chair, Attorney Diversity Committee, Haynes and Boone, LLP AT HAYNES AND BOONES, diversity on our legal teams renders better results for our clients. Our Diversity Committee is comprised of twenty-one partners, thirty-three senior attorneys and associates, and nine key staff members. We meet as a group monthly, but also work… Read the full article

Is This The End of DOMA as We Know It?

An Interview with Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine Q. What are the likely outcomes of the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases? I’ve read the merits briefs in both cases, and I think the Supreme Court is going to have to struggle to find ways to uphold these two laws. I think we’re on the threshold of… Read the full article

Legalizing Discrimination: Women’s Discrimination Around the World

By Grace Austin Discrimination against women by laws, policies, and other legislation around the globe is still a major impediment to gender equality, despite all the progress made towards female empowerment throughout the world. These issues, according to the UN, include laws discriminating against or not protecting women from a too-early age of marriage, nationality,… Read the full article

Obama Administration 2.0: What’s at Stake for Employers

During Barack Obama’s first term as president, most of his pro-employee legislative agenda was stymied by Congress. Undeterred, the Obama Administration turned to administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to move forward its workplace agenda. The stakes continue to be high for employers… Read the full article