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

Chanel Bell, Pepper Hamilton
[email protected]

Jack Caulk, The MCS Group [email protected]

Ray Keough, USI Affinity
[email protected]

Deborah Margulies, Duane Morris [email protected]

Andrew Mark, All Covered
[email protected]

Jessica Mazzeo, Griesing Law [email protected]

Lynne Pierce, Ballard Spahr [email protected]

Tom Streeper, Nuance Communications [email protected]

Tara Wallace, Clark Hill
[email protected]

James Welch, Special Counsel
[email protected]

Katie Zubler, Robert Half Legal
[email protected]

 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

 

In 1987, Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month. This creates a special opportunity in our workplaces, our schools, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women. Here are some historical achievements by women in the month of March through the years.  I’m sure you’re aware of many more; let’s celebrate the greatness in all of us.

  • March 12, 1912 – Juliette Gordon Low assembled 18 girls together in Savannah, Georgia, for the first-ever Girl Scout meeting
  • March 3, 1913 – Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington, DC, where over 8000 women gathered to demand a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote
  • March 4, 1917 – Jeannette Rankin (R-MT) took her seat as the first female member of Congress
  • March 4, 1933 – Frances Perkins becomes United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet
  • March 13, 1986 – Susan Butcher won the first of 3 straight and 4 total Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska
  • March 12, 1993 – Janet Reno is sworn in as the first woman U.S. Attorney General