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Coca-Cola GC threatens attorney fee cuts over D&I

International03-02-2021Muireann Bolger

Coca-Cola will withhold a nonrefundable 30% of fees from law firms that fail to meet its new diversity requirements, as it criticised the legal sector for not viewing diversity and inclusion (D&I) as a business imperative.

Legal career network sees slow D&I advances in US law firms

02-02-2021Alex Baldwin

Following a year of intense scrutiny on equity and inclusion in the legal profession, progress on diversifying the US legal system remains slow-but-steady, according to the latest report from the National Association for Law Placement.

BMS, Intel join WIPR’s Diversity Champions launch

International29-01-2021Muireann Bolger

Leading IP counsel have commended the launch of World Intellectual Property Review’s inaugural Diversity Champions list.

Accutrainee launches scholarship for aspiring black lawyers

International27-01-2021Muireann Bolger

A trainee secondment company has launched a scholarship programme for black law graduates to help them to gain the work experience they need to enter the legal profession.

Hogan Lovells unveils diversity billable hour credit

26-01-2021Muireann Bolger

Law firm Hogan Lovells has introduced a diversity & inclusion (D&I) billable hour credit for US lawyers.

USPTO could expand patent bar to tackle gender gap

25-01-2021Rory O'Neill

The US Patent and Trademark Office is considering expanding the criteria for eligibility to sit the patent bar exam to help reduce the gender gap in the profession.

US organisations launch D&I alliance

19-01-2021Muireann Bolger

Leading US IP organisations including the US Patent & Trademark Office, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association have launched an alliance to boost diversity and collaboration in the sector.

Arnold & Porter unveils $1m investment in D&I partnerships

United States22-12-2020Muireann Bolger

The three initiatives involve tie-ups with organisations that focus on the retention and advancement of black attorneys at law firms; increasing the pipeline of students of colour pursuing legal careers; and promoting equity in education.

Senators ask USPTO to close ‘archaic’ patent gender gap

16-12-2020Muireann Bolger

US Senators have suggested that women continue to be excluded from patent bar membership due to systemic bias, and have urged the United States Patent and Trademark Office to review the requirements to sit for the bar exam.

BAME lawyers still struggle to achieve partnership in elite firms, says The Law Society

UK14-12-2020Muireann Bolger

Only 8% of partners in the UK’s top 50 firms come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, representing a rise of 1% since 2014, a new report by The Law Society has revealed.

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