August 26, 2020

Profiles in D&I Leadership – Michelle Fang

Federal Bar Association
Lisa M. Kpor
Attorney Lisa Kpor authored a profile of Michelle Fang, Chief Legal Officer at the car-sharing marketplace Turo, as part of the Federal Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee's series of interviews with the organization's Corporate Advisory Panel. Ms. Kpor, a member of the association's Task Force and Standing Committee, asked Ms. Fang about her work in promoting diversity and inclusion practices in the legal profession, including her efforts spearheading the January 2019 General Counsel Open Letter to Law Firms that criticized firms for maintaining mostly male and mostly white partnership classes.

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.

READ: Profiles in D&I Leadership – Michelle Fang

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