More Firms Boosting Diversity Roles Amid Client Pressure

By Aebra Coe (October 1, 2018, 5:17 PM EDT) -- Over the past year, at least six large law firms have added a diversity and inclusion professional to their C-suite for the first time ever, as firms seek to give the position greater influence and prestige amid pressure from clients to offer up teams of attorneys with more women and minorities.

The firms' decisions to create chief diversity officer positions come on the heels of numerous announcements by general counsel saying that a lack of diversity can and does eliminate law firms from the running as they seek to serve corporate clients. They also follow other client efforts aimed at pushing...

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