Former NAWL President Beth Kaufman was quoted last week in a Legal Intelligencer article about diversity in law. In "Case Study: Diversifying the Plaintiffs Bar, One Small Firm at a Time," the Intelligencer examines a Philadelphia personal injury firm with above-average diversity demographics as an example of what diversity initiatives can look like.
Kaufman emphasizes the importance of an active effort to increase a firm's diversity: "Beth Kaufman, a former president of the National Association of Women Lawyers and managing partner of a certified woman-owned firm in New York, said not all firms need quotas or other strict policies to increase diversity, but law firms need to be deliberate and broad in their recruiting if they are serious about hiring minorities and women. For large firms, a diversity initiative, program or policy may be necessary, she said, but at smaller firms, it could be as simple as seeking large applicant pools, or specifically telling a recruiter to find diverse candidates.
If "you're not proactive expressing your diversity goals, then they don't have any incentive," Kaufman said."