At Harrity, we believe that the ‘practice of law’ is advanced by a more diverse legal team – with diversity of background, upbringing, education, and perspective comes quality legal innovation. Hosted by Elaine Spector, The Diversity Channel is a collection of resources aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in our field by sharing ideas and sparking conversations.
Elaine has over 20 years of experience in intellectual property law and is Harrity’s first female Partner. In addition to her outstanding background in patent litigation and prosecution, Elaine is an avid believer in giving back and passionate about fostering diversity and inclusion in the legal field. She serves as Co-Chair of the Harrity Diversity Committee, Vice Chair of the IPO Diversity Committee, and Chair of the IPO D&I Committee Outreach Subcommittee. Elaine is also serves on the AIPLA Women in IP Law Committee as Chair of the Global Networking Event, Chair of the Outreach Committee, and as an Executive Team Member. She is a Board Member at No More Stolen Childhoods, a loving wife, and a proud mother of three.
Harrity Partner and Diversity Co-Chair Elaine Spector shares tips and sparks conversations to drive diversity in the legal field in this weekly short-video series.
EPISODE TWENTY | THE IDEA ACT
EPISODE NINETEEN | ARE CLE PROGRAMS DISCRIMINATORY?
EPISODE EIGHTEEN | SIMPLE STRATEGIES FOR ENGAGING DIVERSE INVENTORS
EPISODE SEVENTEEN | GENDER DIVERSITY IN INNOVATION
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Harrity Diversity Co-Chair Elaine Spector meets with diversity thought-leaders to discuss the benefits, challenges, and processes associated with increasing diversity in the field in this quarterly webinar series.
WATCH OUR FIRST DIVERSITY DIALOGUE WEBINAR
“STRATEGIES FOR MOVING THE NEEDLE WITH RESPECT TO DIVERSITY IN THE PATENT BAR”
SHRUTI COSTALES, SENIOR COUNSEL, HP
SOPHIA PILIOURAS, PRESIDENT, MCCA
LATEST DISCUSSION: “DIVERSITY IN INNOVATION”
SCOTT BARKER, MICRON
CHARU KURANI, FACEBOOK
SANDRA NOWAK, 3M
Why Continuing Remote Work Options After the Pandemic Will Support a More Diverse and Inclusive Work Culture
Harrity Thought-Leaders Provide Comments on USPTO’s National Strategy for Expanding American Innovation
The legal community needs to recognize the importance of creating an unbiased, equal, and harmonious working environment for all legal professionals. Unfortunately, the lack of diversity is widespread in the legal field, and the numbers show the industry is moving at a slow pace to address the issue.
In 2018, 85% of lawyers in the U.S. were Caucasian, according to the American Bar Association. Another report on diversity in U.S. law firms found that racially diverse women are the most underrepresented group in the legal profession. Other underrepresented groups include the LGBTQ2+ community, lawyers with disabilities, veterans, Hispanic/Latinx, Alaskan Native/American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Asian, and Multiracial lawyers. Harrity is committed to addressing this issue through our Diversity Mission and numerous diversity-focused initiatives.
Our Diversity Mission is to promote and nurture a respectful, highly engaged, family friendly, and inclusive culture that values the diversity of our talented team with diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, skills/talents, and capabilities. Our Diversity Programs are focused on serving our communities by helping to increase the number of diverse legal practitioners and enhancing their quality of practice in patent law.