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. The Diversity Channel is a collection of resources aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in our field by sharing ideas and sparking conversations.
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 6 | BE A FIRM THAT GIVES BACK
EPISODE 5 | INCLUDE A COMPONENT OF BLIND HIRING
EPISODE 4 | REVAMP YOUR INTERVIEW PROCESS
EPISODE 3 | WORDING YOUR JOB POST
EPISODE 2 | INCREASE THE POOL
EPISODE 1 | THE ISSUE
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.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3RD | 12:00 PM ET
“STRATEGIES FOR MOVING THE NEEDLE WITH RESPECT TO DIVERSITY IN THE PATENT BAR”
SHRUTI COSTALES, SENIOR COUNSEL, HP
SOPHIA PILIOURAS, PRESIDENT, MCCA
Diversity in Patent Law: A Data Analysis of Diversity in the Patent Practice by Technology Background and Region
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.