Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 NAMWOLF annual meeting and Law Firm Expo in New York City. NAMWOLF stands for the National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms. Although Lumen Legal isn’t a law firm, we helped sponsor the event. The event helps connect NAMWOLF firms with in-house counsel who want to increase their diversity and inclusion spend because they believe it makes them better and stronger companies.
As an alternative legal services provider who is certified by WBENC, Lumen Legal is able to assist in-house counsel as well as NAMWOLF firms achieve their diversity and inclusion targets. For example, we partner with NAMWOLF firms to increase their capability by providing them with highly skilled contract attorneys, when needed. In addition, we help them manage their litigation needs by completing document review projects for them at our 100 person review center outside Detroit.
The NAMWOLF event also provided excellent Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations. The first General Session featured David B. Wilkins, a law professor at Harvard, who spoke about his research regarding the career choices and outcomes of Harvard law grads by race and gender. The results were surprising and show we have more work to do in the law profession to level the playing field for all graduates. Other interesting presentations focused on:
- Incorporating and Measuring the Impact of Inclusion Initiatives
- Pay Equity – Common “Cents” for Equal Pay
- How to Manage a PR Scandal
- Responding to a Cyber Security Incident in Real Time
- The Changing Face of Immigration: How Businesses Can Tackle Immigration in 2017
- Game Changing Employment Law Challenges
- Pitch Perfect: How to Deliver Great Pitches to In-House Counsel
My favorite session was the General Counsel panel on Tuesday morning which featured GCs from Panasonic, McDonald’s, Edward Jones, Morgan Stanley and USAA. All five members were passionate about the importance of diversity and inclusion in America. They spoke about setting an example by doing, not just talking about it. They shared how they measure their initiatives to keep themselves accountable and they challenged other in-house counsel in the room to take a risk by giving more work to women and minority owned law firms.
I was glad to help sponsor the event and I look forward to the next one.