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Law Week Colorado Quotes Phyllis Wan Discussing Increased Focus on DEI by Legal Departments

Holland & Hart Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Phyllis Wan was quoted in Law Week Colorado’s May 18 article titled, “Legal Departments Push Firms on DEI.” The article discusses how clients have lately been more active in holding law firms accountable on their commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. “[W]hile it’s hard to put a number on how many clients are asking for data, requests have grown “exponentially” in the past year. Even in the last six [or] eight months, I’ve seen quite an uptick,” Wan said. The Mansfield Rule and the Model Diversity Survey are among the most popular tools and processes that have emerged in the past five years to guide firms and legal departments in setting DEI goals and measuring diversity. Wan said “the categories these programs measure have continuously expanded. For example, the Mansfield Rule initially looked at gender, race and ethnicity but has since added LGBTQ status and disability.

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