DIVERSITY & INCLUSION INITIATIVES AND EFFORTS

The ALA’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative aims to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concept of inclusiveness and acceptance. ALA’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations. To that end, the ALA’s mission is to provide each Member with the tools and resources required to be a leader in meeting ALA’s goal.  The educational programming, publications, speakers, monthly tips, as well as the Diversity and Inclusion Scorecard — Road Map to Change for Law Firms.

The Philadelphia Chapter is committed to leading the way with diversity initiatives through leadership, education, advancement and development. Please take a moment to review our Mission Statement below.

Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators is comprised of a diverse group of administrative professionals, including, but certainly not limited to, Executive Directors, CFOs, Firm Administrators, Office Managers, and Facility Managers from private law firms, corporate and university legal departments, and government entities.  Our mission is to advocate for a more diverse membership and to expand the retention and promotion of diversity and inclusion in our own firms.  We further our mission through the collection and dissemination of information to the members of the Philadelphia ALA, our respective firms, and our Business Partners.

Chapter D & I Committee

Jack Caulk, The MCS Group jack.caulk@themcsgroup.com

Ana Fernandez-Parmet, Parmetech afparmet@parmetech.com

Deborah Margulies, Duane Morris dlmargulies@duanemorris.com

Lynne Pierce, Ballard Spahr piercel@ballardspahr.com

Tom Streeper, Nuance Communications Thomas.Streeper@nuance.com

 Other Resources

There are many layers to learning about and understanding the true meaning of Diversity & Inclusion. We can start with looking at ourselves using the Harvard Implicit Bias self-administered, confidential test. No results will be collected, but your understanding of what Implicit bias really means will be explored during our June Diversity & Inclusion luncheon (details to follow).  Please take the time to read  Implicit Project Overview  and take the Harvard Implicit Bias Test.  Each test takes 15 minutes with no distractions. The results are for you to learn more about yourself.  The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. 

You should also check out these suggested readings from our Chapter's D&I Committee:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legal-industry-diversity-and-inclusion-survey-reveals-implicitunconscious-bias-is-main-obstacle-at-law-firms-300364249.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-cullinan/the-role-of-diversity-in-_b_12683238.html 

https://techfeatured.com/1787/a-new-strategy-on-diversity-aligning-leadership-and-organizational-culture