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Are Big Law's hiring practices sacrificing diversity and overlooking star performers? Observations from a First-Generation African-American Junior Lawyer

Posted by Tanisha Mitchell on Apr 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

As an African American woman, and first-generation college student, my initial goal in law school was to keep my head above water. Commonly, first-generation college students lack the cultural, social, and financial capital that allows them to navigate higher education spaces smoothly.[1] Moreover, they are also overwhelmingly minorities.[2] We often do not have the same level of resources and support as some majority counterparts, who benefit from previous family guidance. Unfortunately, I had little direction on how to navigate higher education spaces which made it difficult to focus both on my grades, as well as my career aspirations after graduation. Considering these pressures, I felt underprepared.

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Topics: workforce, legal, employers

Legal and Practical Concerns for Employers — One Employer's Approach to COVID-19

Posted by Bryan Parker on Mar 11, 2020 5:41:42 PM

As leaders of a new company in the Alternative Legal Service Provider (“ALSP”) space, the news of a possible pandemic weighs heavily on our hearts and minds.  Each day brings more news of cases of people contracting the COVID-19 virus, which is spreading at a rapid rate.  The constant news flow has raised questions about business travel, meetings, interviews for new talent, and employees working from home, among other considerations.

Legal Innovators is a start-up company, so we are running hard adding new clients, raising capital and adding new talent to our business.  We cannot afford a significant business interruption.  However, what is of greater concern to us is the health of our team (both existing and future members), our clients, and the general public. 

We thought in this moment, we would lead from the heart and head, listen to the medical professionals, and be as innovative as possible to run our business while protecting our teammates.

Toward that end, here are several legal considerations and practical tips for employers trying to develop a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Topics: workforce, legal, COVID-19, employers, COVID-19 response