To: Jim Robinson
She is a few years younger than I am, but I can recall what life was like in big law firms in those days. They, like most of corporate America, were starting to grapple with the fact that they were mainly white and mainly male. They were, for the most part, trying to work toward a more inclusive demographic. There were of course many, particularly among the older lawyers, who thought things were fine just the way they were. Sounds like Shaw Pittman made the mistake of letting one of them get involved in the recruitment process. I wonder too if the wine may have been flowing too freely at that dinner. It could have been worse. I don't recall Shaw Pittman ever having a wet T-shirt contest for it female summer associates, as did Atlanta's King & Spalding.
posted on 05/26/2009 2:20:22 PM PDT
(Fight Gerbil Swarming)
posted on 05/26/2009 2:28:36 PM PDT
Go any big law firm’s website and almost without exception, you’ll see a prominently positioned “Diversity” tab. Click on it and read them patting themselves on the back that they are so “inclusive” and create or participate in all these minority or female “initiatives” Or even more self-congratulatory, how they fund race-based scholarships.
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