Law Firm Diversity: They All Talk The Talk, But It’s Harder To Walk the Walk

Law firm “diversity” is such a hot topic right now that a good number of law firms place their diversity policy right in the center of their web pages.
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

Diversity is the topic of the day right now. Just as several hundred years ago the "big topic" in Spain was acknowledging that you were a Christian and not doing so was met with the threat of torture and death. Today, any hint that you do not support diversity is met with public ridicule, condemnation from law firms, and censure from society as a whole.

The Importance of Diversity

I get it. I really get it. Diversity is incredibly important and not including people because they are diverse is just plain wrong. People should be hired and advanced based on accomplishment and on their contribution to a diverse environment.

How would you feel if your opportunities in society and your chosen profession were limited because of your race, sexual orientation, handicap, religion, background and so forth? You would feel horrible and there would be nothing you could do about it. This is why diversity is so important. People are entitled to be the people they are and want to be-and should be proud of who they are. It is just plain wrong for anyone to be discriminated against and held back because of who that person is.