Thursday, January 7, 2021
Law.com, 'Business as Usual Doesn’t Work': Inside Big Law’s Reckoning on Race:
The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black men and women in 2020 sparked new conversations about race and inequity across the legal profession.
This Legal Speak podcast examines whether the renewed commitments from major law firms to improve diversity and inclusion are gaining traction and leading to meaningful change.
To explore the issue, Legal Speak co-host Vanessa Blum checks in with diversity leaders at three Am Law 200 law firms. They describe the past few months as a reckoning that has led to challenging conversations about race within their organizations and that has created a new urgency around their work.
This episode features candid interviews with Yusuf Zakir, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Davis Wright Tremaine; Fenimore Fisher, chief diversity and inclusion officer at DLA Piper; and Narges Kakalia, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo. Each talks about the changes they’ve seen since Floyd’s death in May and how they’re approaching the legal industry’s biggest diversity challenges.