12 Attorneys On How Diversity Gives Them The Edge

By Natalie Rodriguez (July 9, 2019, 6:25 PM EDT) -- Leaders in the legal industry will often say that attorneys with diverse backgrounds are an asset to their legal teams. We wanted to know how those advantages play out in practice, so we asked attorneys of color, members of the LGBTQ community and attorneys with disabilities to tell us in their own words how their backgrounds proved beneficial to their work. Over 100 attorneys responded, from firms of all sizes to corporations, nonprofit organizations and the highest levels of government.

Several wrote about how being labeled "different" has honed their ability to find common ground and connect with a broad swath...

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