OPINION: Pro Bono May Help Diversity Recruiting Efforts

Law360, New York (September 12, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT) -- A recent Law360 article about the perennial BigLaw concern over how to recruit and retain female and ethnically diverse attorneys addressed a new approach being taken by some law firms. ("BigLaw Pairs Up Attorneys To Move Needle On Diversity, Aug. 19, 2014.) The idea is to go beyond traditional mentoring programs and to instead create a sponsorship relationship. In this arrangement, the sponsor works with the protégé and actively advocates for the protégé to receive plum assignments and opportunities for advancement. Can pro bono also play an important role in the process?

In major law firms, there may be an important...

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