Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report January 2019

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Why Your Firm’s Business Development Team Should Also Be Part of Your Diversity and Inclusion Team

For a long time, the people most prepared to articulate and advocate for inclusion efforts in law firms have been human resource professionals and diversity officers. Increasingly firms, however, are realizing that diversity plays an important role in their efforts to sell their services and build lasting relationships with clients. In fact, far from being a purely inward-facing function, diversity and inclusion efforts should be a central pillar of your firm’s business development strategy, and this team should be staffed accordingly.