Kirkland & Ellis HRC Innovation Award 2009 Presentation


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Building upon a long history of supporting GLBT and other diverse student organizations, in 2007 Kirkland’s Firmwide Diversity Committee pioneered the creation of a formal initiative to reach out to diverse law students across the country. Coined the “ALLSA” Initiative, an inclusive term reflective of the program’s mission to reach out to racial, ethnic, women’s, and GLBT student groups (i.e. BLSA, APALSA, OUTLaw, etc.), the program acts to foster a sense of community among GLBT attorneys and law students, increase the visibility of GLBT attorneys on law school campuses, create mentoring relationships with GLBT students, and open unique conduits for professional development.

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  • Kirkland & Ellis HRC Innovation Award 2009 Presentation

    1. 1. “ ALLSA” Initiative Winner of the 2009 HRC Innovation Award for Workplace Equality March 25, 2009
    2. 2. “ ALLSA” = All Diverse Law Student Groups
    3. 3. Goals of ALLSA in the GLBT Community <ul><li>Foster community among GLBT attorneys and law students </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the visibility of GLBT attorneys on law school campuses </li></ul><ul><li>Create mentoring relationships between GLBT students and GLBT attorneys </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for personal and professional development for attorneys at all levels </li></ul>
    4. 4. Previous Model of On-Campus Outreach  
    5. 5. The New Model of On-Campus Outreach <ul><li>  </li></ul>  ALLSA is mutually beneficial for students and law firms
    6. 6. Timeline for Development, Launch and Assessment Goal to revamp diversity recruiting included in Diversity Committee Strategic Plan ALLSA project plan created Determine organizational structure, budget, general guidelines Diversity Subcommittees choose attorney liaisons Official ALLSA Kick-Off Liaisons invited to participate in Initiative Conference calls led by diversity leaders to share ideas and gain momentum Ongoing events led by ALLSA liaisons at law schools across the country Meetings to assess results and identify desired changes Host receptions for students and liaisons to come together in Kirkland offices   Summer 2007 • Fall 2007 • Winter 2007/08 • Spring 2008 • Summer 2008 • ’08-’09 Academic Year • Spring 2009 • Summer 2009 2007 2008 2009 2007 2008 2009
    7. 7. Organizational Structure of ALLSA 15 Attorney Liaisons GLBT Subcommittee Administrative Support Representative of Diversity Committee Firmwide Diversity Coordinator 26 Attorney Liaisons Gender Subcommittee 49 Attorney Liaisons Racial/Ethnic Minority Subcommittee Diversity Committee Co-Chaired by W. Lohmann and E. Chun
    8. 8. Make Participation Easy <ul><li>Clear guidelines for liaisons </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated budget </li></ul><ul><li>Forms for event pre-approval and event feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly sample communication with students groups </li></ul><ul><li>Power Point presentations on Networking, Interview Tips and Work/Life Balance </li></ul>
    9. 9. Measuring the Efficacy of our Efforts <ul><li>Quantitative and Qualitative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of attendees at events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hours dedicated to ALLSA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal and informal feedback from students and attorneys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes in retention and recruitment patterns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Goal: To become more efficient and impactful over time </li></ul>
    10. 10. Direct Benefits We’ve Seen So Far <ul><li>Increased interest in Kirkland’s Diversity Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Increased community among our GLBT attorneys </li></ul><ul><li>Positive feedback from law school career services </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming stereotypes about work at large law firms </li></ul><ul><li>More strategic usage of our diversity recruiting budget </li></ul><ul><li>Increased prestige and reputation within the industry </li></ul>
    11. 11. Success Stories
    12. 12. Success Stories
    13. 13. Success Stories
    14. 14. Dynamic and Flexible Program <ul><li>Flexible in approach, allowing us to meet diverse needs of diverse communities </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptable to changing economic conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable model that can work in organizations of different sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Assist and inspire other organizations to adapt similar programs in a format that works for their industry </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>We are grateful to the HRC for giving us this opportunity. </li></ul><ul><li>On behalf of everyone at Kirkland & Ellis, </li></ul><ul><li>thank you. </li></ul>
    16. 16. <ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
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