First steps to measure diversity

Douglas Rienzo

May 22, 2013

Heather Gardiner, Legal Feeds blog, Canadian Lawyer

Bay Street law firms are (finally) jumping on the diversity bandwagon.

Sixteen firms announced today they have joined forces to form the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network in an effort to promote these values within the legal profession.

This follows the establishment of the Legal Leaders for Diversity in June 2011, which is an organization of in-house counsel that promotes diversity within the legal departments of corporations across Canada.

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Douglas Rienzo, a partner at Osler and chairman of its diversity committee, says the firm conducted its first survey last fall to establish a benchmark.

"You can look around and say, ‘Well gee, I think we look pretty diverse,’ but until you actually go out and measure you really can’t say for sure,” he says.

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