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Oct 01, 2009

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Greg Lambert

Niki,

Although you raise some good points here, I have to tell you that there is a small grain of truth in the criticism by the firms. I've seen many women and minorities jump over to the client side, not because the client is all about diversity, but rather because the work environment at corporations is seen as more palatable (read 9 to 5) than firms are. Many take salary cuts to go over to corporate.
Now the easy thing to say is that law firms need to copy the corporate environment and be a more 9 to 5 job. However, try to explain to your clients that their outside counsel is only available to them 9 to 5.
There are a number of issues that explain why firms lose out on the diversity issue. Saying that it is because corporation foster diversity more than firms do is oversimplifying the situation.

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