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Promoting Diversity Outside Katten

In the interest of furthering our Diversity Strategic Action Plan, our Chairman became involved in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD is an organization comprised of general counsel and law firm managing partners whose mission is to advance diversity in the legal profession. We participate in LCLD's 1L Individual Mentoring Program and Group Mentoring Program in Chicago, Charlotte, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. The objective of the mentoring program is to ensure that diverse students accepted into law school receive the mentoring and preparation they need to maximize their potential in law school and through bar passage. Katten is the City Lead for both the 1L Individual Mentoring Program and the Group Mentoring Program in Chicago and Charlotte, with direct responsibility for implementing these programs in these cities. We also participate in LCLD's 1L Scholars Program, designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. Students have the opportunity to work side-by-side with attorneys and other legal personnel at LCLD member law firms and companies.

We have been able to reach some of our diversity goals and objectives because we have strategically aligned ourselves with those outside organizations that have set the bar on diversity. The organizations that we sponsor and have become actively involved with include:

  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  • Black Women Lawyers (Chicago and Los Angeles)
  • California Minority Counsel Program
  • Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women
  • Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms
  • Chicago United
  • Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Firms
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • Equality Illinois
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Korean American Bar Association
  • Lambda Legal Human Rights Campaign
  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association
  • Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Mexican American Bar Foundation
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association
  • Minority In-House Counsel Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • New York Women’s Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Women Lawyer's Association of Los Angeles
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