The legal profession has talked a lot about increasing diversity in the past several years. Law firms have formed committees and created recruiting programs to direct hiring efforts at underrepresented groups. “Pipeline programs” have sprung up to encourage high school and college students to go to law school.
But efforts to change statistics don’t mean much if companies don’t make efforts to actually understand the experiences of people in underrepresented groups and why the challenges they face are unique. To educate people in the legal profession about what makes diversity efforts meaningful, the Center for Legal Inclusiveness hosted a diversity conference and career fair July 29 at the Embassy Suites in Denver’s Tech Center. The panel and session topics ranged from managing diversity fatigue avoiding tokenization to legal protections for LGBTQ employees.