Profiles in D&I Leadership – Michelle Fang
During the interview, Ms. Fang discussed initiatives such as the Pay It Forward Movement, a mentorship program; the Diversity Lab, which offers a Mansfield Rule certification propelling legal organizations to diversity their candidate pools; social media campaigns including #BlackandBrilliant and #HireBlack; and other movements or resources. She also described two key obstacles that often hinder diversity and inclusion efforts: origination credit and hiring lawyers from minority- or women-owned law firms. Ensuring that diverse attorneys receive origination credit for their involvement in bringing new matters and creating new opportunities, as well as reaching outside of existing networks to find diverse attorneys, can help a firm advance its diversity and inclusion practices and foster a more equitable workplace. Other topics discussed during their conversation included creating more welcoming and inclusive environments for disabled attorneys, the potential effects of the pandemic on D&I efforts and how successful majority male attorneys can participate in diversity and inclusion efforts.
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